HONDURAS: Community radio stations ask for international help

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Community radio stations ask for help
In the photo reproduced by the magazine HolaNews, which devotes an extensive report to the situation of community radios, the studios of RDS Radio, a radio station in Tegucigalpa that broadcasts on 88.9 MHz FM
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With the pandemic, many Honduran radio stations have had to suspend broadcasts for four to five months because staff became ill and because of the economic crisis that has forced many companies to close, increasing unemployment. Now, fearing that the situation in the South American country will worsen, Carlos Enamorado, secretary of the Community Media Association of Honduras (AMCH), is asking for international aid to survive. In Honduras today there are more than 50 community broadcasters (not all of them authorized), of which 35 are active, and three community television channels, authorized but not yet operational due to the investments required to start broadcasting. More than 400 non-Community radio and television stations are active in the country. The HolaNews article discusses the situation in detail.

CUBA: The speakers have set the standard

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el dia del locutor
Cuba Periodistas’ article reconstructs the history of Cuban radio broadcasting and famous voices
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The voice-over, typical of the Cuban announcer, has become a reference model in Latin America, where it has imposed itself thanks to the professionalism and the many radio stations with an international vocation and especially the programs broadcast on short waves by Radio Habana Cuba. “The word “, writes Jorge Rivas Rodriguez in Cuba Periodistas, “is one of the professions that most touches the cultural, educational, ideological and informative formation of Cubans, has the magic of persuasion, the power to stimulate feelings and emotions through the domain of the word that has become a watermark for our ears”. The announcers, who celebrated their national day in December, are hundreds of professionals from national TV and regional offices, employed in the country’s nearly one hundred stations or working on Radio Habana Cuba‘s international programs.

The in-depth study can be read here.

Nicaragua: ‘Bothersome’ radio station sabotaged again

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The headquarters of Radio Corporacion in Tipitapa, a municipality 30 km from the capital, Managua
The headquarters of Radio Corporación in Tipitapa, a municipality 30 km from the capital, Managua
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The Nicaraguan radio station’s medium wave transmission antennas have been sabotaged again on July 12th, 2020. With 25 kW of power their broadcasts are receivable in a large part of the Central American country. Some cables taking the signal to the antenna were cut, thus damaging the transmitter and interrupting the service. The radio station is continuing on 97.5 MHz FM (with 1 kW and limited coverage) as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. According to the technicians, repair work could take four months.

This 2019 photograph shows where the copper conductors were removed
This photograph from a previous sabotage attempt in 2019 shows where the copper conductors were removed
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On examining where the material had been removed, the radio station’s technicians suspect that the thieves knew exactly how the antennas worked. A political motive is also suspected. Radio Corporación is the top radio station in the country and has continuously broadcast civil protests against the authoritarian regime of President Daniel Ortega.

You can find more articles on previous sabotage attempts on the radio station's website. In 2018 the objective was the antenna tie rods, but, on this occasion, the saboteurs were chased off by the station's guards
You can find more articles on previous sabotage attempts on the radio station’s website. In 2018 the objective was the antenna tie rods, but, on this occasion, the saboteurs were chased off by the station’s guards
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