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Listening to the world's story in dramatically new ways via while reaching out via the most accessible technology in world - radio.

Listening to the world's story in dramatically new ways via while reaching out via the most accessible technology in world - radio.

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Steven commented on World Radio Bridge

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Steven commented on World Radio Bridge

Having ferreted out world and local news in English from over 65+ countries, it is amazing to me how far "External Services" and other podcasters in developing nations in particular have to go to make their existing audio programming available on-demand. Countries like Algeria, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, North Korea (and yes, better understanding the oddness of an isolated country threatening nuclear war is a good thing), etc. all produce some English news for radio. Some stream it live, but at least 20 countries don't capture that audio as an MP3 file and publish it as a podcast (via RSS and put crucially into iTunes.) Other countries like Tunisia, Bulgaria, Israel, India (Time of India's daily audio news update), etc. have on-demand audio content but only buried on their website and not via open podcasting/on iTunes. My take is that the best way to "liberate" this incumbent content for greater world use is a combination of education and outreach with the understanding that NEW journalists will be producing new audio content that they might feel is competitive. So, my approach is "collaborative competition."

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Steven commented on World Radio Bridge

Hello Kate.

Many nations around the world have a tradition of "External Services" on shortwave radio which can vary in terms of government influence. While clearly getting more government funded/public broadcasters to produce a short English news update would be great, radically opening up the a market of crowd-funding support for daily radio updates from any talented journalist AND getting those short updates into the open podcast ecology for consumption can dramatically increase peace and understanding across borders. It has the potential to introduce either more objective reporting or at least news from alternative view points within a country.