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And they have an episode about a radio station 🙂
BUSH Radio, Cape Town
South Africa’s first community radio station
Noam Chomsky praised the vitality and professionalism of South Africa’s most influential community station. This is an intriguing look into the day to day operations of the station that defined how radio is done and trained staff for 80+ stations. When you visit Bush Radio in Cape Town any Saturday morning you find children as young as 6 years doing their own programming. Weekdays the news department presents local news on the air, in writing as blog, including photos and video.
Denied a license under the old Apartheid regime, Bush Radio went on the air illegally in 1993. Two broadcasters were arrested and the equipment confiscated. After the historic elections of 1994 the first broadcast licenses issued by the Mandela government were specifically for community broadcasters. In June of 1995 Bush Radio received its license to broadcast. Bush Radio played a huge role in defining the laws and practice of community radio in South Africa. Over the last eight years they trained approximately 500 people to operate a radio station. Almost every one of the nearly 90 stations in existence in South Africa today employs at least one person trained at Bush Radio.
In the summer of 2009 Brenda Leonard, the Bush Radio administrator, went on a US tour of public radio stations. I met her in San Francisco and asked her to tell me about the day to day operations of Bush Radio.
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