NKHATA BAY RADIO INITIATIVE
We decided to start Nkhata Bay’s first radio station after an inspiring visit to Mzimba Community Radio in 2001.We have since been teaching the community about recording and broadcasting for radio. The long-term aim is that the community here in Nkhata Bay will be able to set up their own Tonga radio service so that information and news can be disseminated in a language the people understand. We already have a license offered and now need the technical equipment and expertise to progress!
Radio is the perfect way to reach the majority of the people in such a rural country like Malawi as it is the most accessible medium. It became clear that prior to the establishment of the radio station, we would need to get many students knowledgeable about the technologies involved. Working with an increasing number of students about the skills involved in journalism, editing and radio broadcast there is no end to the amount of skills needed that we would end up with a fully functioning, relevant, educational and enjoyable community radio station here in Nkhata Bay. Unfortunately we have hit some hurdles in the continuation of this project and their may be a local Mp opening a radio station, so as of yet we have to wait to see our way forward, on e thing is for sure though more and more people need to be taught in the skills of radio, so that their voice can be brought across.
VOLUNTEERS CAN CONTRIBUTE IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:
- JOURNALISM – We need help editing news stories that the team has written and developing with them their journalistic spirit. This also includes developing ideas for writing, researching and recording feature stories for radio.
- SOUND ENGINEER – Help recording stories, including educational features, voice-overs, music opportunities and editing them. We also need help improving the situation for radio at our media centre.
- TEACHING – If you have worked in radio before and can teach budding new presenters how to become a DJ, this would be so beneficial in the long run.
- ADVERTISING SPACE – We will eventually need volunteers to help the community by selling advertising space to create revenue for the station. The locals will need teaching in this area to sustain the development of this project.
If you are interested in volunteering, please see our Volunteer Package page. If you would like to contribute to this project but you are unable to make it over to Malawi, please see our Make A Donation page.