St. Aloysius College's community radio Sarang 107.8FM has won the Second Best Programme Award for Promoting Local Culture, at the First National Awards ceremony for community radios held in New Delhi recently.

The awards are instituted by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to recognise and promote the best practices of community radios.

There are 130 community radio stations across the country.

Chat show

Radio Sarang secured the award for its programmes in Beary language spoken by a majority of Muslims in Mangalore. The programme Beary Harate is a chat show of Beary women in which women discussed HIV/AIDS, its causes, and people's role in preventing the disease.

Radio Sarang was launched in September 2009 broadcasting two hours a day initially and extended to 24 hours now, according to its Director and Head of the College's Department of Mass Communication Richard Rego.

24-hour radio

He said in a press release that it was India's only 24-hour community radio.

It airs programmes on health and hygiene, legal awareness, Konkani, Tulu, Beary, and Kannada music.

The radio broadcasts Yakshagana, Harikatha in Tulu and Kannada, besides agricultural programmes.

In May, Radio Sarang conducted a day-long RJ (radio jockey) training for women.

In December, it held a week-long capacity building workshop for 25 women on producing health content for radio, Mr. Rego said.

The National Community Radio awards were given away during the inauguration of a three-day programme in New Delhi recently by S. Jagatrakshakan, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting.

Categories

The competition included five categories such as Best Programme in Promoting Local Culture, Adapting Creative and Innovative Content Practices, Sustainability Model, Thematic Programme, and Community Engagement sections.

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