@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.
HI Mpindi Abaas , thank you for the message! Yes, indeed, I would love to learn more about what you are doing in Uganda. What is the organization called? For us, we are based on Mfangano Island, an island in Kenya's Lake Victoria. We run a community resource center on Mfangano that was opened in 2010 with the goal of providing free internet access to all members who receive a VCT session with a trained counselor every 6 months. This model provided a unique cover from stigma and incentive for residents to learn their HIV status. Today we have over 4,500 members a part of our center! Once you become a member, you have unlimited free access to the cyber lab and broadband internet, seminar rooms, and a library. For many years the community talked about building their own community radio station. In 2012 we built a small radio studio and just this year, after 4 years of attempts, finally received our community radio license from the Govt. of Kenya. What a process! If you would like to talk more, you can email me at khines[at]organichealthresponse.org . Looking forward to it!