RadioActive Nepal 98.3 FM Kathmandu, Nepal

ranep.jpg 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.

Volunteer Work

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 citizenship.

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.