I have worked with Max of RadioActive on numerous projects under some of the most challenging circumstances. The first time was in 2006 in eastern Chad, near the border with Darfur, on an Internews project to establish and manage three radio stations linked to the refugee crisis in the region. Max was brought in to set up transmitters and studios as well as train local staff in their operation and maintenance. It was this first encounter with Max that convinced me to use his training and technical skills on other projects. I asked Max to be part of the most challenging project Okapi Consulting has undertaken – establishing a radio service for Somalia through the United Nations trust fund for services to the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia. Max trained the all-Somali staff in broadcasting, production and presentation skills as well as studio and transmitter maintenance.
Perhaps Max’s greatest talent is human relations. He has an ability to encourage people to want to learn, and when the training has come to an end, his students are always sad to see him leave.
We could not be where we are without your support.
Thanks to Max and the RadioActive team for providing us with radio equipment and training to establish our radio station here in Kathmandu. Because of their efforts I have gained a lot of technical knowledge about all the radio equipment. Now my confidence level has increased so that I can run the radio station and give the different kinds of information to all the team. Thanks once again.
We do not know how to ever fully thank you for what you did for us.
Max, the Director of RadioActive, is extremely knowledgeable about the particular needs and aspirations of radio initiatives in developing country contexts. In addition, he is just a fantastic fellow to work with and can rapidly adapt to diverse and often challenging social, cultural, political, linguistic and logistical environments. After hiring him to head up the technological component of an extensive feasibility study for a national radio network in Guinea, West Africa, my organisation has gone back to him on several occasions to assist our work in countries across the continent.
He has proven to be very sensitive and savvy with regard to the particular resource constraints and capacity strengthening needs of our staff and partners, and always goes the extra mile to build meaningful relationships with our teams and provide outstanding service. I would recommend Max and RadioActive to any group looking for assistance with radio projects of any scale, anywhere in the world.
Je suis très content et fier de votre passage à FIER (Formation Interactive des Enseignants par la Radio). D’un côté le matériel que vous installés a beaucoup contribué à qualité de notre travail et et d’autre part vous avez été un collègue formidable, intelligente et courageuse et nous sommes conscients que votre travail représente une opportunité pour consolider mon acquis. J’ai beaucoup aimé ton séjour au Mali, ton assistance constante pour initier à l’utilisation et la place d’un système efficace de d’enregistrement.”
Le agradecemos lo mucho que nos a apoyado en nuestra organizacion de radios comunitarias, asi como gradecerte el apoyo que nos brindastes a la organizacion y a la comunidad de la sierra norte…
As we installed a solar-powered radio station in a large rural village of northern Madagascar, the help and guidance that we received from RadioActive far exceeded our expectations. The organization’s technical expertise is complemented by a commitment to sustainable development that is crucial to helping rural communities to establish lasting, effective, self-supported radio stations. We saw this reflected in RadioActive’s collaborative approach with our community, as well as the involvement of professional journalists in the training modules — two BBC radio reporters in our case — whose expertise and inspiration helped to lay the groundwork for our new station’s management and programming.
Setting up a community radio station in an isolated rural area is bound to be full of unforeseen hitches, and RadioActive was there with us to help work through all of them — they even extended their stay in our region to cope with delays beyond our control that could have compromised the installation process. To us, this was just more proof of their commitment to our common goal of creating a viable community tool for local education and development. Our radio station, Radio Meva Ankarana 98.0 FM, is the first of its kind in the entire northern region of Madagascar, and it has now been successfully educating and entertaining the local community for over a year. It has become a force for generating pride and positive change in our village, fulfilling the vision of the community association who created it, and making a name for itself throughout the region. Without RadioActive, none of this would have been possible!
It has been a privilege to work with RadioActive. They did a wonderful job on the Donga-Mantung Community Radio Project.
We and the population of Donga-Mantung can never forget you because of what you did for the community: the Radio.