New application to listen to community radio on mobile phones

Montreal, December 13, 2013. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) applauds the launch of the application RadCom Radios earlier this week to facilitate access to community radios.
The tool, created through freesoftware is available in versions for iOS, Android and web. It can be downloaded for free on the website www.rebaixada.org/RadCom. The application actually contains 64 community radio stations in 17 countries. It is still possible however for community radios worldwide to benefit from being added to this application. The initiative also allows navigation through an interactive map.
The RadCom radios application was developed by the journalist, researcher and representative of AMARC Brazil Arthur William during workshops given in the framework Rebaixada project that is part of the State University of Rio de Janeiro.
Mr. William said that "there are other applications for radios for smartphones, but it is difficult to specifically choose community broadcasters. And we know that the majority of options in these applications are commercial". The journalist noted that these radios give space to local cultures, with the accents and voices of the community.
Indeed, the main concept of the application, according to the researcher, is that new technologies allow a new idea of the community. "It is no longer territorial" said Arthur William. Under this line of ideas, communities can cross borders and cultures, learn from new experiences and give value of their own roots.
Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media stakeholders in more than 150 countries. The main global impact of AMARC since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the establishment of a worldwide community radio sector that has democratized the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking and Cooperation.