Category: the experts

Elizabeth Njoroge is the host of the “Smooth Classics” radio programme on Kenya’s Capital Radio, based in Nairobi. In this audio slideshow she discusses the success of her radio show and how she utilises online technologies to interact with her audience.

Elizabeth’s excellent programme is the country’s only specialist classical music show – and it is rapidly gaining popularity – especially with younger listeners. Other topics covered in this clip include; the commercialisation of radio in Kenya, educational radio, and the use of local content to increase listenership.

You can join her Facebook group “Crazy for Classics” which is dedicated to classical music in Kenya.

This interview was recorded with Austeen Elewodalu, Assistant Director of News at “Voice of Nigeria” (VON) – which is the official international broadcasting station of Nigeria.

Founded in 1961, the Voice of Nigeria began life as the External Service of the then Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (now Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria). In this clip Austeen talks about various VON news policies and the importance of providing a truely African “voice” – for not only the Nigerian dispora – but for all countries across the continent.

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In this entry clip – Prof. Franz Krüger from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, discusses various aspects of radio in South Africa – with a focus on the importance of Community Radio. Krüger is the director of the Wits Radio Academy, the centre for learning, research and public engagement around radio based in the University’s journalism programme.

As well as being an extremely nice guy – he has 25 years of experience as a journalist and edits the website Prof. Krüger’s first book “Black, white and grey: journalism ethics in South Africa” was published in 2004 and his highly recommended second book “The Radio Journalism Toolkit” was published in 2006.

This post showcases the expertise of BBC World Service Trust producer Charles Hamilton who has over two decades of experience in the field of development radio.

Hamilton was working in the role of Executive Producer of radio for the BBC World Service Trust in Cambodia when he identified these basic spot categories and points to consider when creating “behavioural change” radio…

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Solomon Amare is a researcher from the BBC World Service Trust Project in Addis Abbaba.  Here, Solomon discusses the effectiveness of spot production training and radio advertising in Ethiopia.
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Ian Pringle is a Media ICT Specialist in the Communication and Information Sector. He is currently based in Paris at UNESCO. In this interview, Ian talks about the strength of radio and the uses of new technologies.

Pringle R4D interview

Margaret Burgin, was the BBC Learning Project Manager for Yorkshire. In this interview she comments on the BBC’s initiatives regarding the use of radio as an educational device in schools.

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Burgen 1

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Burgen 2

Dr. David Grimshaw is from Practical Action, a charity which works with poor communities to develop appropriate technologies. In this post, David discusses his thoughts on the use of new ICTs in the delivery of educational messages.
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Benjamin Chesterton

Benjamin Chesterton was a former radio documentary producer for the BBC who went on to establish the BBC World Service Trust’s radio project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2006 -2008. He is currently co-founder of the excellent media for development website “Duckrabbit” which produces high quality audio slideshows – and runs media training courses. In this interview, Benjamin discusses effective techniques to connect with young people through the use of radio.


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Chesterton Audio P1

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Chesterton Audio P2