CFA Brings Community Radio Training To VisMin

Aug 4th 2008

T hey might come up with a little money, though not enough to set up a network as big as ABS-CBN or GMA-7. But that does not discourage some 25 religious and lay workers (mostly from Cebu City, some from Mindanao) who attended a Community Radio Workshop, from aiming at establishing a radio network for evangelization.

The workshop, which spanned 28 July to 01 August 2008, was conducted by the Communication Foundation for Asia in partnership with the Catholic Media Network (CMN). Funding came from Aid to the Church in Need. Lectures were held in the Cebu Business Hotel, while hands-on production were done in the University of San Jose-Recoletos.

CMN president Fr. Francis Lucas and network director J.P. Varela discussed the technical and management side of community radio. CFA’s Noel de Leon and Ramil Laraga taught the fundamentals of radio production.

As the workshop neared its end, the participants decided to put their training to use by initiating moves to set up a community radio station. The initial cost of 70,000 pesos for FM transmitter and basic equipment is within their reach, they said. They also learned that the easiest way to start operation (without obtaining a Congressional franchise) is by partnering with a local school for an educational radio station. The MassCom dean of a local university was invited. Talks were formalized for putting up in the near future a network of low-cost, low-power stations to be based in the university. Though small, these stations would enjoy a bigger coverage when hooked up to the nationwide CMN system.

Small is truly beautiful.


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