Community radio stations are the new rage in India after country has seen a spate of Fm radio channels mushrooming all over India – you can say Radio is back in our lives.
The trend of having community FM radio stations started in 2006 when Ministry of Information and broadcasting came up with detailed and liberalized guidelines for setting up a community FM radio station earlier the government had allowed setting up of CR FM stations to select educational institutions including the IIT and IIMs.
Well, reader must be wondering what is CR FM station, well its hard to define and it can be said that CR FM radio stations serves the need of a community living in a particular space and its reach is limited to a radius of 10 Kms.
With liberal policies in place the first university in India after the IIMs and IITs to have a CR FM station was Jamia Milia Islamia which got functional in March 2006. Now University of Delhi has also launched its own CR FM station known as “DU 90.4 FM”.
The trial run of the DU FM 90.4 started in august and now it has been officially inaugurated. The studio of the new station is located in North Campus at the School of Open Learning, covering areas in and around the University.
With a 10-km radius, DU 90.4 FM will broadcast community-related programmes as well as those dealing with students’ issues. Speaking on the inaugural function VC of DU said there were lots of expectations from the new venture.
“The community radio will help in tapping the talent of the student community. There will be panel discussions and shows on phone-in counseling and classical music. Students from the University will work as radio jockeys. As for students, their problems relating to health, sanitation and environment will be discussed,” said Vijaylakshmi Sinha, former Deputy Director-General of All India Radio, who has been overseeing this project.
For setting up the CR FM station University of Delhi allocated a budget of 15 lakhs for equipments and other expenses. The technical and programming support is being provided by Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia.
At the start DU 90.4 FM will be broadcasting from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the morning and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the evening. At a later stage DU plans to increase the broadcast time to 8 hours daily and plans to increase the power of transmitters or collaborate with the south campus to make it truly student community radio station.