Bringing Children's Voices to the World, via the World Children's Radio
"Children make up 25 to 30 percent of the world's population," said Thomas
Rohlinger, founder and editor-in-chief of RadiJoJo, a nonprofit children's
radio station in Berlin, Germany. "Yet the number of stations actually
delivering content for and by children is almost nonexistent."
In an effort to address this imbalance, RadiJoJo has launched the World
Children's Radio Network. Located on the Web at
http://www.world-childrens-radio.net, WCRN is based on a simple
proposition: Children ages 318 create content that RadiJoJo packages and
then sends out to community radio stations around the globe.
How WCR works
The content aired on the World Children's Radio Network comes from a
number of sources. In Germany proper, RadiJoJo sends its producers to
local schools. While there, they lead the children through daylong or
weeklong workshops, teaching them the basics of interviewing and content
making. By the end of the sessions, the producers come back with audio
that can be incorporated into a WCRN hour-long program.
Outside of Germany, RadiJoJo attracts content produced by children in
various countries. More than 100 countries have been represented in WCRN
programs and contributions.
It is difficult to many how many listeners tune into WCRN each week.
"We know that we have about 5,000 listeners in Weimar, Germany, and up to
70,000 on a children's radio station in Turkey," said Rohlinger. "Right
now, we know that 20 to 30 stations carry our broadcasts. But it is hard
to keep track of it, because they get our content and can air it whenever
they like." WCRN's content is also posted on online for on-demand
Interested community radios, schools and youth centers can contact
Radijojo World Children's Radio Network directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Donations are welcome, to guarantee our non-commercial independent work
for and by kids," says Rohlinger.
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