The Radio Community is a South Sudanese non-governmental organization which was legally registered in 2015. The Radio Community (TRC) is leading the way in providing independent, ethical and professional journalism in South Sudan. TRC operates a network of 6 community-based local language radio stations. Each station provides news, information and entertainment. The organization’s vision is ‘a country where people can make informed decisions about their lives’; and its mission is ‘to a sustainable radio stations that inform, educate and entertain’. TRC’s values are accuracy, fairness and independence. The network hopes to expand to other areas where people have no independent news and information, toward its vision to create an informed society.
The Radio Community is currently operating four radio stations across South Sudan:
Akol Yam 91 FM in Aweil (former Greater Northern Bahr el Ghazal state)
Mayardit 90.7 FM – in Turalei (former greater Warrap state)
Mingkaman 100 FM – in Awerial (former greater Lakes & Jongeli state)
Singaita 88.3 FM – in Kapoeta (former greater Eastern Equatoria state)
Two stations that are part of TRC haven been off-air due to the conflict in South Sudan. These stations are: Naath FM in Leer (Greater Unity State) and Sobat FM in Nasir (Greater Upper Nile State).
Each radio station broadcast 100 kilometers radius and the network reach a total audience of up to 2 million. Peak listening time is in the evening between 6 and 11 pm and in the mornings between 6 and 9 am. During peak listening hours the stations run a topical magazines style program. Programing at all stations focuses on local and then national issues that impact listeners.
The shows include local language:
The programs are interactive and have the capacity to host phone in and studio discussion programs. On weekdays, the evening program’s cover three news stories in depth. The programs also have a current affairs section that is a platform for social and political issues.
Programs have focused on health, education, governance/business, agriculture, women & girls and youth and sports. The network uses a standardized program format; which can easily accommodate adverts, PSAs and sponsored programs, as well as material and longer programs produced by humanitarian and development organizations.