Radio stations around the world are celebrating World Radio Day today.
In Vanuatu, radio stations including the VBTC national AM and paradise FM along with Buzz FM 96 and Capital FM 107 are also arranging special programs throughout today as members of the family of radio organisations worldwide.
Some of Vanuatu’s radio stations look back at the history of radio in Vanuatu and how far they have come as well topics on radio a means for the people to tell their stories, express their opinion and if this access has been effective before and after independence of Vanuatu in 1980.
The World Radio Day is a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves.
As radios continue to evolve in the digital age, it remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide. This multi-purpose medium can help people, including youth, to engage in discussions on topics that affect them. It can save lives during natural or human-made disasters; and it provides journalists with a platform to report facts and tell their stories.
Radio inception in Vanuatu began back in the early 1960’s with the establishment of the British and French Information Services that had their own weekly information papers that lead to a start of the first local radio station known then as “Radio Vila” with a weekly transmission of short programs and traditional music compiled and transmitted from New Caledonia through the former Coastal Radio known as Radio Malapoa.
Today, some of the radio stations are organising talk back –shows which will involve some of the old broadcasters from the then New Hebrides and today Vanuatu and today’s young Vanuatu broadcasters.
Some of the old broadcasters and the then well-known names such as Ambong Thompson, Joe Bomal Carlo, Jonas Cullwick, Bob Makin, Paul Gardissat, Alick Noel, Jean Baptist Rangmwel, Len Garae, Moses Stevens, Kaltau Ayong, Tade Atingting, Godwin Ligo will be guests on VBTC’s AM and Paradise FM at 9.00 am and on Buzz FM 96 at 11.00 am.
(Source: Daily Post, Vanuatu)