The University of Hyderabad, campus-community radio station Bol Hyderabad 90.4 FM will collaborate actively with DivyaDisha, a Non-Governmental Organization which works with and for children. This collaboration was announced on the occasion of the World Radio Day (WRD) which was celebrated in Bol at the Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad on February 13, 2017.
This partnership was announced by Naveen Sen, station coordinator, who further added that, “Bol Hyderabad and DivyaDisha will work together with the aim at training children from the underprivileged background to produce radioprograms related to their issues.” He also informed, “Today we are keeping our radio station open for outsiders to participate in live shows and to learn about radio transmission.”
This year, the theme for World Radio Day is “Radio is You” which is a call for greater participation of audiences and communities in the policy and planning of radio broadcasting.
The Pro-Vice Chancellor of University of Hyderabad, Prof. B. P. Sanjay, distributed Bol Hyderabad souvenirs to the community volunteers at the WRD event and also gave away prizes to the participants of Raaga – The Voice Hunt, which is an annual singing competition held by Bol.
Speaking on the occasion, the UNESCO Chair on Community Media, Department of Communication, Prof. Vinod Pavarala, said “Bol Hyderabad 90.4 FM is one of the campus community radio stations present in India and we are now trying to reach out to people outside the university campus like NGOs. We are making a conscious attempt to spread the word that Bol Hyderabad is not just for campus community but for others as well.”
Prof. Kanchan K. Malik, Head, Department of Communication said, “The ‘you’ in community radio is the ‘people’. Community radio is not just about broadcasting, but about community participation in all aspects of radio making.”
“It is a great pleasure to be a part of Bol Hyderabad and to work on things which commercial radios are not able to,” expressed Arpita Biswas, one of the Radio Jockeys of Bol Hyderabad 90.4 FM.
By Monika Tiwari and Mythreya K. (MA Communication – I Year)
Picture Courtesy – K Vamshidar. (MA Communication – II Year)