@contribution - Thank you for your helpful feedback! We were unable to answer all of your questions in our submission above, but I would love to discuss more as we continue forward.
Our income generating plan was developed in partnership with Kenya Community Media Network, and we plan to test this during our first year of operation. Our model includes various revenue streams including local and national advertising and sponsorships, on-air sale slots, and local fundraising. The community has already participated in sale slots by purchasing air-time to greet loved ones and announce funeral dates and plans.
Our content is very much determined by the needs of the community. We conduct bi-annual surveys to assess changing trends and interests and develop content according to these surveys, as well as our call-in hours where listeners provide feedback on our shows and help us generate ideas for new topics. Our female-only shows will be developed based on the interests of the young women in our community, determined by focus groups.
Lastly, our radio is powered by a combo of solar and wind. We originally were using 100% wind but found that the equipment was difficult to maintain and broke down quickly. Today our hybrid system is powerful enough to support our radio transmitter and broadband internet equipment at our tower site. Our radio studio is powered by 100% solar. If we plan a radio studio expansion for the future, we will have to design and implement a solar system specifically for the radio studio, as right now the power is shared with our community center.