Wednesday, 20 October 2010

[creative-radio] CMFE news update: Hungarian free radios contribution in disaster aftermath

---Apologies for cross-posting--- news update - 20 October 2010

Hungarian free radios contribution in disaster aftermath
by Gabriella Velics

Following the red sludge tragedy in Western Hungary, temporary community
radios started to broadcast news in the affected areas of Kolontar and
Devecser. Soon after the tragedy, which ruined the lives of thousands,
some Hungarian free radio leaders along with volunteers decided to
establish local emergency radio stations to broadcast news in the
affected area and provide the residents and aid workers with
information, interviews, and music. At the moment, more than 10
Hungarian community radios are working together, some people are at the
site, while others are helping them from a distance in different parts
of the country.

One of the studios is operating in the nearby city of Ajka. The Best
Radio's team-members are under 18 secondary shcool volunteers, but
volunteers from different Hungarian community radios are also there to
help their heroic work. The programme can be received in the area
exposed to the red sludge and at the web site of Best Radio Ajka.

The other studio is temporary and is situated in the affected area of
Devecser, where they were given a room in the parish building and built
a studio. Their team consists of volunteers from different Hungarian
free radios. Besides their daily "home- job- family" routines, they all
come to the studio and spend their spare time doing this voluntary work.

These free radio broadcasting setvices are called KHH (Közös Hullámhossz
Hírszolgálat) and can be received everywhere in the affected area as
well as on the Internet.

Both studios are expecting a permanent status from the authorities.

For further information please visit the CMFE website at

Salvatore Scifo
Secretary, Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE)


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