Decentered Media – Parallel Lives World Radio Day Discussions

In celebration of the 100th episode of the Decentered Media Podcast I am running a day of online discussion and best-practice sharing as part of the UNESCO World Radio Day on Saturday 13th February.

The day will be part of the Parallel Lives events organised by John Coster for the Documentary Media Centre.

This year World Radio Day is divided into three main sub-themes:

  • EVOLUTION: The world changes, radio evolves – This sub-theme refers to the resilience of the radio, to its sustainability.
  • INNOVATION: The world changes, radio adapts and innovate – Radio has had to adapt to new technologies to remain the go-to medium of mobility, accessible everywhere and to everyone.
  • CONNECTION: The world changes, radio connects – This sub-theme highlights radio’s services to our society—natural disasters, socio-economic crises, epidemics, etc.

We are hoping to balance the discussion between community media practitioners based here in the UK, with contributions from international community radio practitioners, so we can share our experience and our understanding of using community media for positive social change.

The schedule for the day, which will be based around group discussions, some live and some prerecorded. These conversations will be hosted on Zoom, and then live-streamed via YouTube, and we’ll be active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to promote the international conversations that will be taking place. I’m going to update this blog as we go along, so keep checking in with what and who is being added.

Session Planning (GMT)

10.00 – 11.00 – Strengthening Social Gain

Co-Host: Dr Siobhán Stevenson (Confirmed)

Guests: Juan Pardo, Leona Fensome, Charmaine Burton,


11.00 – 12.00 – Community Radio’s Response to Lockdown

Co-Host: Dr Jo Coleman, Brunel University (Confirmed)

Guests: Julia Ferguson – Bath Radio, Dean Kavanagh – Switch Radio, John Keenan – Bute Island Radio, Miranda Rae – Ujima Radio

Resources: Report on Covid and Community Radio 2020

12.00 – 13.00 – Creative Community Radio

Co-Host: Lucinda Guy, Soundart Radio (Confirmed).

Guests: Marla King – A Little Bit of Lagom Podcast,

Resources: Skylark Radio,

13.00 – 14.00 – Using Community Media to Promote Personal Hygiene

Co-Host: Sapphire Crosby, De Montfort University (Confirmed)

Guests: Shirish SadhnaManav Sadhna

Resources: Germs Journey, Dr Katie Laird, Pro Sarah Younie

14.00 – 15.00 – Futures – Using Community Radio for Public Engagement

Co-Host: Dr Kate Baker, Agile Rabbit & University of Exeter (Confirmed)

Guests: Premal Bhatt – Phonic FM, Vanessa Boon – Derby Sound


15.00 – 16.00 – Volta Premier FM – Community Radio in Ghana

Co-Host: Juliet Nugble-Nunkpeku – Volta Premier FM (Confirmed)

Resources: Volta Premier on Facebook,

16.00 – 17.00 – Indigenous Radio 

Co-Host: Dr Katie Moylan, University of Leicester (Confirmed)

Guests: Richard Davis – KUYI FM – Hopi Radio

Resources: Run by a small station staff and many volunteers, KUYI not only provides a window on the world through its affiliations with Native Voice One and NPR, but also broadcasts a wide, eclectic variety of music. Serving the Hopi Reservation, Flagstaff, Tuba City, Winslow and the I-40 corridor, KUYI strives to appeal to a broad based audience. Hopi Radio provides a new way of Hopi storytelling, an age-old tradition. National news is broadcast, and how it affects us is interpreted and debated. Hopi Radio provides entertainment and exposure to other cultures through music and ideas. Through Hopi Radio, we reaffirm our respect for tradition by preserving our language and culture in a contemporary context.


Links, Resources and Follow-up Material

We’ll be listing as much of the material mentioned throughout the day here. It won’t be in any order, so you might have to scroll through, but we’ll have a go at organising it afterwards.

Derby Sound Links

Dean Kavanagh

Dean is station manager at Switch Radio. They won Gold in last year’s Community Radio Awards for Innovation with their News Hub (amongst other awards!) I’m keen to learn about how they provide this local news service as well as other ways they serve the local community.

John Keenan

John is chairman of the committee and a presenter at Bute Island Radio. He took part in my COVID-19 and CR survey last June. At that time, they had no extra funding, the number of volunteers remaining active and shows being broadcast had reduced a lot. I’m interested in how things are going at the station now. How have they adapted to continue providing a local service up there in the Isles of Scotland?

Miranda Rae

Miranda works as Broadcast Manager and is a volunteer presenter at Ujima radio in Bristol. She also has an indie production company Sound Women South West, runs a network and training organisation addressing lack of diversity in media/radio and supporting women (pre-pandemic ran group workshops and 1:1 training in podcasting) Her personal website is: 

Josephine Coleman

Jo researches community radio in the UK, her 2020 open access report on Covid-19 and UK Community Radio is freely available here:

Community Radio Awards:

Radio Listening Data:

Jo’s new book DIGITAL INNOVATIONS… (by Josephine F. Coleman is for University use really) but in case anyone is interested, an e-version is available for £15.29:

Kate Baker’s Links:

Agile Rabbit Podcasts:

Audio Droplets:

Kate is working with Alice Armstrong on Audio Droplets along with Minni Jain from the Flow Partnership. Its an open call for people who work on water projects to discuss their work/projects. Its being funded by the Centre for Water Systems at the university of Exeter and UN World Water Quality Alliance. 

Marla King’s Links: Here are some resources/links that Marla thought could be relevant and useful: – great place to learn more about intersectional environmentalism – the food empowerment project – outlining the true impact our food choices can have on the welfare people and the planet, how they can contribute to social and environmental injustice. Great information to learn how to make more ethical food choices. – youth-led organisation with a mission to make the climate movement accessible for all, advocating for climate justice (justice for people and the planet). – London-based charity supporting creative communities to take action in response to the climate crisis and practice environmental sustainability. – Manchester Arts Sustainability team, – SAIL – Sustainable Arts in Leeds. – A hard hitting, but incredibly written article outlining the intersection between the climate crisis and racism. – STOP ECOCIDE Campaign – Striving to make ecocide recognised as an international law!! 

Charmaine Burton:

Rachel-Ann Charles:

Leona Fensom:

Social Gain

Community Broadcasting Association of Australia

Social Value UK

Social Impact

Collaboration examples 
Clydesider magazine –
The Ferret Magazine –
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism –
Bureau Local –
Open Newsroom –
Different governance models –
Community radio podcast –

Audio Content Fund –

Shared training and best practices for education –

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