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The studio at Bui Community Radio, Cameroon

Bui Community Radio is a budding community radio station based in Kumbo, the capital of Bui Division, in the North West province of Cameroon, set up by ANCO, a Cameroonian NGO that works to promote beefarming through women's cooperatives, biodiversity conservation and sustainable land management. 

BCR Vital Statistics

Full Station Name: Bui Community Radio
Location: Kumbo, North West Province, Cameroon
Frequency: 98.5 MHz 
Transmitter Power: 300 Watts
Installed in: July 2009
Station run by: ANCO (Apiculture Nature Conservation Organisation) 
Main Objectives: Providing a local noticeboard and local news for the Bui division, as well as promoting environmental sensitization, community health education, with strong focus on HIV/AIDS awareness, increased food production using sustainable approaches and poverty alleviation through capacity building. 
Station Contact: Paul Mzeka (email: mzeka.anco (at) yahoo.com)

Latest News

January 2010: BCR is now broadcasting from 5am - 10pm daily, with the BBC world service being relayed from 10pm - 5am.  They recently sent us their programming schedule.  To view their full schedule as a pdf, please click here.  To view a profile of the station created by station staff, please click here.

History of the Project 

Bui Community Radio is a budding community radio station based in Kumbo, the capital of Bui Division, in the North West province of Cameroon, set up by ANCO, a Cameroonian NGO that works to promote beefarming through women's cooperatives, biodiversity conservation and sustainable land management. 

Bui Division is an area where few radio stations are received, and those living outside the city of Kumbo have spent many years suffering from a dearth of information.  Until BCR was installed, there was only one local radio station in the region, which did not reach most people in the Bui Division.  With the installation of BCR in Kumbo, a new means of getting information out quickly to the population in the area has arrived.  Kumbo is said to have a very high rate of AIDS. The station will contribute in sensitizing the public on health issues focusing on AIDS prevention. Moreover, this is an area with bio rich patches of natural forests. The radio will contribute to enlightening the public on this rich bio capital they possess which they should protect, for the various services and resources it provides. The radio will contribute immensely to the general improvement in the social, cultural, economic political and environmental aspects of the life of the people in Bui Division.

ANCO and several other rural developers are contributing in the socio-economic cultural and environmental improvement of life in some enclaved villages of the Division, but this is patchy and uncoordinated. The radio will help to unite these isolated efforts. 

RadioActive's Role

After helping to design the studio and transmission system, RadioActive Director Max Graef went out to Cameroon in July 2009 to install the station, working with volunteer UN Radio and BBC Journalist Kate Adair, who spent 10 days giving workshops on radio journalism and radio production to the new station staff.

Volunteers

After Kate's successful visit, ANCO and the staff of BCR are keen to have more volunteers with professional radio experience who could help to share their experience with the BCR team.  If you are interested in volunteering and have relevant experience in radio, recording, computing, drama or journalism, please fill in the volunteer application form on our volunteer page. 

 

 

 

 
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