The radio station started in the 1980s with workshops when community activists and alternative media producers came together to explore how grass roots media could be used for upliftment and as an alternative voice during the apartheid era.
Bush Radio programme integrator Adrian Louw said the station had managed to remain the “mother of all community stations” over the years because of its primary role as an incubator of talent.
“The first place many received some sort of media training and development by generating content for an audience was through this platform,” Louw said.
Today Bush Radio ensures it remains relevant, and effects change through carefully curated media projects by working with partners to build dynamic programming.
However, Louw said community media in South Africa was in crisis, forced to compete with large commercial entities for advertising, and unfulfilled government promises.
“Just like before, it is up to us, the people, to help sustain and take Bush Radio to the next level,” he said.
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