What are some of the Challenges?
- Project level planning - what are the main steps involved before one starts broadcasting
- Sustainability - how does one sustain programmatically, financially, socially, technologically?
- Management - in India for example, the NGO is the license holder, so how does one ensure community based management within the framework?
- Participation - What formats and planning can be done to ensure that programs are compelling and are user-generated, and participatory?
Secondary (but equally important) issues include:
- Research Systems - What research systems can we put in place to ensure that community's feedback is considered, and programs are relevant?
- Archiving Content - How does one archive content (its a rule to keep an archive of last three months of content)
- Free and Open Source Software - How does one use FOSS for radio stations to enable trouble free operations, as well as use innovative applications for radio?
- Content Sharing - Issues around content sharing- regional, national and international...
- Copyright issues - for radio stations; legalities around content sharing as well
Open Source Tools for Radio
- Audacity- a Free and Open Source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux and other Operating Systems. Tutorial Available: Using Audacity
- Airtime - (previously Campcaster) an open source radio management application for use by both small and large radio stations to schedule radio shows. More info on the project website or download here.
- Cowbell - a music organiser that makes keeping your metadata up-to-date easy. Tag editor, album art and track lister. Cowbell is available for most current Linux distributions.
- Kid3 - an open source ID3 metadata tagger. Linux and Windows versions.
- Open Tape - a free, open-source package that lets you make and host your own mix tapes on the we
- Rivendell Audio - a complete radio broadcast automation solution, with facilities for the acquisition, management, scheduling and playout of audio content.
- Zara Radio - a handy little radio automation application which allows even Windows users to schedule radio shows. (Free but not Open Source)
Open Content for Radio
- The Freesound Project - The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. Freesound focuses only on sound, not songs.
- Jamendo - Jamendo is a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses.
- One World, Many Voices - is an online audio content exchange bank for community radio broadcasters in South Asia. Edaa has over 500 audio programmes categorised under 27 themes in 8 languages
Open Educational Resources
- Community Radio Performance Assessment System (Nepal), December 2008
- Low Power AM Handbook (Kyle Drake)
- Radio Governance Workshop
- Audio for Distance Education and Open Learning, Commonwealth of Learning
- National Radio Project
- iReporter's Toolkit (CNN) - resources for audio, video, images and storytelling.
- Pocket Guide to Ubuntu