Community radio is established to serves its audiences. The activists should be able to share all of community interest as their broadcast programs. Most of community radio doesn’t have a good management in arranging their listener, for example making such meeting. They tends to imitate the commercial radio activities. This condition emerge a relationship gap between radio and their community.
This idea came out from Budi Hermanto, Capacity and Network Building Manager of Combine Resource Institution (CRI) on the workshop of Community Radio Management held by Padang Pariaman and Pariaman City Community Radio Network at Bahana FM Community Radio in Pariaman City (9-10/01/2010). The workshops attended by 23 participants from Padang Sago FM Radio, Kiambang FM Radio, Bahana FM Radio, and Suandri FM Radio.
This workshop is a series of the strengthening community radio program after earthquake in Padang Pariaman. The organizing committee is Padang Pariaman and Pariaman City Community Radio Network which established since in November 2009. The participants on this workshop were discuss about the basic principles of community radio, the relationship between radio and their community, and also the evaluation of radio programming.
“If you can not absorb the community interest, the gab between the radio and its community will become more wider. That is the reason why the community must involves in the programs development. All the radio activist have to do is to arrange how’s the program package,” Budi said.
Since the workshop material transferred by various game method, the participants were enthusiast. Those materials is also helps the radio to evaluate their previous broadcast programs. Rian Sukri (28), activists of Padang Sago Community Radio promises to apply the knowledge that he got from the workshop to improve radio services.
Recently, Community Radio FM Padang Sago was preparing permits to Local Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (Komisi Penyiaran Indonesia Daerah/KPID) West Sumatra. Padang Sago FM is going to applicate this knowledges and experiences to appropriate design radio programs in Padang Sago. (Sabar Rina, Yossy Suparyo)