RadioActive Nepal 98.3 FM will broadcast from the centre of Kathmandu. They are currently working on getting their station licence.
The station is run by FIT Nepal, an NGO that provides training
and equipment to rural areas across Nepal, teaching IT literacy and
radio production skills.
RadioActive Nepal Vital Statistics
Full Station Name: RadioActive Nepal 98.3 MHz
Location: Unlimited Building, Khichapokhari, Kathmandu, Nepal
Frequency: 98.3 MHz Transmitter Power: 150 Watts
Installed in: November 2007
Station run by: Forum for Information Technology (FIT) Nepal
Main Objectives: Promoting IT access and awareness, promoting FIT's work and supporting the work of many other NGOs and community groups from around Kathmandu and beyond.
Station Contact: Allen Bailochan
Tuladhar - email: allen (at) fitnepal.org.np
History of the project
Since the beginning of 2007 FIT Nepal have been running a weekly
30 minute radio program that draws from content produced at the
telecenters they support around the country. This program has been
broadcast on 9 radio stations in Nepal.
Now they have their own radio station, RadioActive Nepal (FIT Nepal chose to name their station after us), which will be used to promote their
work and support the work of many other NGOs and community groups from
around Kathmandu and beyond.
Thanks to RadioActive volunteer and BBC Producer Harriet
Grant, who helped raise the funds to make this station possible,
RadioActive was able to send over the necessary transmission and studio
equipment, along with RadioActive Director Max Graef to install the
equipment and give training in how to use it.
Harriet also spent two
weeks in Kathmandu giving workshops in radio production and community
radio station management.
Workshops given included:
- methods for encouraging community participation,
- programme making,
- interview skills,
- hosting a talk show to discuss social issues,
- and using studio and transmission equipment.
The station is now in a test period, with plans to start
broadcasting 3 hours a day from January 1st 2008. Over the next six
months FIT Nepal will build up their programming schedule as more NGOs
and community groups are trained up to produce their own programming.
FIT Nepal are doing impressive work in rural areas, where they have
equipped telecentres with computers and trained local people to make
radio content. We are glad to be able to have given them the support to
get their station going, a project which will help promote their work
and the work of many local grassroots groups in the area.
Nepal is in a state of flux politically. The station will work
towards increasing education, social inclusion and a sense of
Below is a film made by Reuters video journalist Jasleen Kaur Sethi, about the
installation of the station.
Thanks to Jasleen for donating her time to make this film. Thanks also to all those who made this project possible.