A collaboratively developed radio station on a University Campus sounds like a great idea. And its time has come at the University of Hyderabad! The University with help from individuals from diverse platforms such as university students, civil servants, educationists, IT professionals, scholars and farmers has launched its own community radio station, Bol Hyderabad. Amongst the umpteen radio stations you could choose from this radio offers discussions on real issues intermixed with entertainment.
Objective coverage using contributions from all sections of the society, coverage of different vernacular languages and mixing substance with entertainment is what Bol Hyderabad aims for. The radio has a modest range of about 15 Km around the Gachibowli area but depending on the receptiveness of the initiative and availability of funds, the service could be further strengthened.
Prof. Vinod Pavarala, one of the University’s professors said that the radio station will follow an open door policy taking ideas from all sections of the society. Apart from promoting the local art and culture amongst the audience, Prof. Pavarala believes that small initiatives such as these can revive the radio culture again. He also believes that Bol Hyderabad would prove to be a good vehicle for broadcasting civic issues and help in making the surrounding areas of Cyberabad, or the Hi-Tech City part of Hyderabad a better place to live in.
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An obvious benefit of the radio initiative is development of a different class of skills in students which opens up new career opportunities for them. Several students from the students expressed their interest in getting into a media and communications career. A stint in Bol Hyderabad would give them the necessary experience before they venture out on a media career path.
The radio starts at 7:30 am to 9:30 am followed by a break – to facilitate student contributors to attend their classes. The services resume between 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm followed by the day end slot of 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm.
The radio Bol Hyderabad is governed by the University’s Radio Advisory Council (RAC) which will regulate the programs and content on the radio. The members of RAC will be from among the university community and also those residing around it. It involves schools, institutions of higher learning & representatives of the communities.
To know more about them, please visit their website: http://snscomm.uohyd.ernet.in/bolhyd/index.html