Sunday, 6 December 2009

[creative-radio] Community Radio Madanpokhara, Nepal


Community Radio Madanpokhara (CRM)

Community Radio Madanpokhara (CRM) developed out of a community audio
tower project run by local women. Members of the community participate
through a wide range of different forums, organizing themselves each month
to decide on radio programmes based on the needs of their community. There
is a network of 95 listener clubs and centres with strong participation
from women, farmers and youth, which makes an annual action plan to
stimulate creative and sustainable development work in their locality.

Madanpokhara -9, Palpa
Tel/Fax: 075-521405, 520655


CRM in a Nutshell

The first rural based community radio station in south Asia.

· Vision : To transform the community into well informed community
· First Attempt start - 1996 A. D
· Audio tower (Run by women) - 1997
· License issued - January 3rd 1999.
· Broadcasting - April 5th 2000.

Owner : Locally Elected representative Body : Madanpokhara V.D.C
Management : 17 member broad elected and selected by VDC Council and civil
society organizations of the District.
Transmitting Power - 100 watts.
Broadcasting hours - 12.5 hours.
Coverage - 8 districts.
Listeners - about 0.8 million.
Language - Nepali & local.

CRM is the prime source for practical knowledge, accurate information and
healthy entertainment. The programs are produced in Nepali and local
language. Mainly the programs are about women issues marginalised people
(disadvantaged class) Children, youth, gender equity, old, small business,
income generation activities, mainly economic and social programs,
conflict, human right, democracy, good governance and disabled. Notice of
formal program in coverage area, weather forecast. Broadcasts price of
fruits and vegetables. Time table of long distance & local bus
transportation Live broadcast of the special programs.

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