Video killed the radio star. Or did it?
Many have suggested that the medium of radio would be knocked out. An obsoloete form of communication, requiring tall antennas, large headphones and microphones with socks. Through youngradio we learn that the only obsolete facts about radio, is just that image.
Youngradio is a national network in Sweden, working with established radio stations to assist their 200 members in producing radio shows. The majority of the members are between the age 15 and 25.
Anders Josefsson är projektledare för ungradio.
Anders Josefsson is leading the project. Together with Micaela Christofersson, he is coaching the young members and helping them to realize their radio drams.
— I love the personal presence with radio. To hear someone tell about personal issues moves people. It is more direct and in a way more difficult than TV since you only work with your voice, Anders Josefsson says.
He also says that a lot of the members have joined the network due to an interest in technology.
— But when it comes to broadcasting a show, the content is more important than the technology. Therefor it doesn't really matter if you have joined us with an interest in journalism, music or technology - in the end it is about learning how to reach and move people.
Youngradio is a creative platform with all that comes with it. Anders Josefsson explains that it sometimes means a certain amount of chaos.
— Chaos is somehow connected to creativity. We do not want to formalize and structure things too much - not even our way of working.
However, there are sometimes a back side to being creative.
— That would be when you are not taken seriously. Some find it easy to dismiss what we do and how we do it, with the excuse that we are young, says Anders Josefsson.
— What you have never done before and know little about, is often scary to people.
Anders Josefsson states that producing radio could provide a lot for schools. He suggests that the radio format could be a form of presentation and examination of tasks.
— The format for school assignments could be a lot more open. the teachers should still demand the same standard of content but inspire to and facilitate a broader range of expressions.
He also points out that many have an old-fashioned view of what radio is and what it takes to produce and broadcast a radio show.
— We gladly visit schools to teach or in other ways help out in how to produce radio - no matter if the initiative comes from teachers or the students themselves.
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