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A Passion for Radio


Cover illustration by permission - Michel Granger

The electronic edition of: 

A Passion for Radio
Radio Waves and Community

Edited by Bruce Girard

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Written by people actively – and passionately – involved in the medium, this book presents twenty-one alternative radio  experiences from countries on every continent of the globe.

From the El Salvador guerrilla-operated Radio Venceremos to the native-owned Wawatay Radio Network in Northern Canada, alternative and community radio stations play an essential role for those at the margins of society – a medium that lets them speak as well as hear.

The stories in this book are both moving and inspiring / Media Development

Some will find the stories disturbing, but all will learn of the power of the medium / Monitoring Times

This impressive book is an exciting window into the increasingly diffuse world of participatory media / Media Information Australia

Among the stories told in the book are: Radio Echo of Moscow and the August 1991 coup d'état; two women's radio projects – in Peru and the Philippines: how indigenous people's radio in Canada and Mexico strengthen their communities: the Marconi Radio Taster's Café that is the doorway to the world of Radio 100, an Amsterdam squatters' station: the positive and negative side of international aid for a Sri Lankan local radio project: the history and prospects for community radio in South Africa: a tiny Black "pirate" station that has challenged the police and the Federal Communications Commission in the USA; the role of the El Salvadoran guerrilla station Radio Venceremos in a major rebel offensive. The electronic edition also includes a new chapter about Radio Chaguarurco, a station serving rural communities in Ecuador.

First published in 1992, this book provides a fascinating glimpse of community radio 10 years ago, and a reminder of how much has changed, and how much has not… 

The book is also available in Spanish as Radioapasionados: Experiencias de la radio comunitaria en el mundo.

It is also available on CD Rom. Send email to passionCD@comunica.org for details.


A Passion for Radio: Radio Waves and Community
Edited by Bruce Girard
Electronic Edition Copyright © 2001 Bruce Girard
ISBN 90-5638-0834
185 pages


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