Community Radio is a special type of radio service that offers a third model of public broadcasting. These radio stations serve on the basis of geographic communities and their area of interest. It is conceptually hundred percent people’s radio.
Community Radio broadcast contents those are very much relevant and well-liked to the concerned local audiences. This type of radio doesn’t follow the way of commercial or mass-media broadcasters.
These radio stations are functioning, owned, and influenced by the communities they serve. Mostly, this radio station runs as a not-for-profit initiative and provide a mechanism for enabling individuals, group as well as communities to tell their own stories, to share experiences, happiness and miseries, to become creators and contributors of media. All over the world community radio serving people. In Asia specially in South Asia there are huge number of Community Radio. We found same kinds of some radios in Bangladesh also.
Currently a total of 17 community radio stations has been functioning across the country. The stations are included as below:
- Radio Nalta 99.2 [Nalta Community Hospital, Satkhira]
- Radio Mukti 99.2 [LDRO (Bogra)]
- Radio Pollikontho 99.2 [BRAC (Moulivi Bazer)]
- Radio Mahananda 98.8 [Proyas, Chapai Nababgonj]
- Radio Padma 99.2 [CCD, Rajshahi]
- Radio Jhinuk 99.2 [Srizoni, Jhinaidhah]
- Radio Bikrampur 99.2 EC Bangladesh, Munshiganj]
- Radio Lokobetar 99.2 [MMC, Barguna Sadar Upazila]
- Radio Chilmari 99.2 [Chilmari, RDRS (Kurigram)]
- Sundarban 98.8 (Koyra Upazilla, Khulna)
- Community Radio Naf 99.2 Teknaf [ACLAB (Cox’s Bazar District)
- Rural Radio 98.8 [Agriculture Information Servics, Barguna]
- Radio Charfassion, Bhola [COAST, Bhola)
- Radio Sagar Dheep (DUS, Hatyia Island, Noakhali District)
- Radio Barandro 99.2 [Naogaon]
- Radio Sagor Giri 99.2 [Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) for Sitakunda, Chittagong
- Radio Meghna 99.0 (Bhola)