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Coronavirus: Community radio station in the time of lockdown


Press Trust of India Kolkata
In a time when people are

confined to their homes, the community radio station of Jadavpur University, RadioJU, has assumed significance with the citizens getting essential information, a varsity official said.
Community Radio JU 90.8 Mhz, which had been airing songs, discussions on various contemporary issues for people living within 10 km radius of the varsity since it was launched 12 years ago, had also shifted to the digital mode a few months back, before the world was gripped by coronavirus pandemic, the JU official said.
But now during the coronavirus lockdown, it has assumed more importance with YouTube witnessing huge spikes in viewership as people stay indoors.
One can send his/her complaints, queries and problem to, and @Radiojucovid19 facebook page, he said.
"Please share with us the situation in your locality, if you are facing any problem - whether medicine shops are open in your area.
"You can either do a 5-minute audio recording which we will upload on our YouTube, Facebook page so that it can be seen by the authorities concerned for taking follow up measures. We can share the inputs about drug stores which will help a lot of people in a particular locality," he said.
The radio station also urged listeners to inform them about the condition of poor people in their area.
Set up as part of the JU Project TEQIP in collaboration with School of Media Communication and Culture, in 2008, the community radio had been operational all these years to promote community interaction and dissemination of information and provided a new platform to students, teachers and locals to showcase their creativity.
"We had posted information about our students and staff distributing sanitisers anong the poor of the locality and the COVID-19 awareness campaign by local police and councillor in our facebook page. This made people curious and there were many queries.
"There are over 800 subscribers in the YouTube which also streams talk show with doctors who give advice on ways to stay fit and stress-free and steps to avoid coronavirus contamination.
Tulika Basu, a young marketing professional from Sodpur, said, the air station has helped her connect with people during the lockdown period.
Sagnik Banerjee, a 60-year old retired bank employee from Bijoygarh said, he got valuable suggestions from Dr Debraj Josh who was invited for a discussion on common cold.
"They conduct talks which are of help for people like us," Banerjee said.
In another initiative, film maker Kasturi Basu and some of her friends have started a new web radio station - 'Radio Quarantine Kolkata' - to help people interact and share their experience in this hour of crisis.
Discussions on contemporary issues, including coronavirus outbreak, story-reading sessions and experience of ordinary citizens on social isolation are being presented to the listeners. PTI SUS -- PTI KOLKATA DESK, PTI Building, DP-9, Sector V, Salt Lake City, Kolkata - 700091 PHONE - 033-40895906


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First Published: Mar 30 2020 | 5:02 PM IST

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