Parallel Lives

World Radio Day 2021

Welcome to Day Three of the Parallel Lives programme.

In celebration of the 100th episode of the Decentered Media Podcast I’m delighted to support my friend & colleague Rob Watson for a day of online discussion and best-practice sharing as part of the UNESCO World Radio Day

This year World Radio Day is divided into three main sub-themes:

  • EVOLUTION: The world changes, radio evolves – This sub-theme refers to the resilience of the radio, to its sustainability.
  • INNOVATION: The world changes, radio adapts and innovate – Radio has had to adapt to new technologies to remain the go-to medium of mobility, accessible everywhere and to everyone.
  • CONNECTION: The world changes, radio connects – This sub-theme highlights radio’s services to our society—natural disasters, socio-economic crises, epidemics, etc.

Visit the Decentered Media website for the full schedule and follow on YouTube: Click Here 

Fascinating conversations taking place today from a real mix of people involved in community radio. Such a vibrant medium that makes a real difference to peoples lives but doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.

Session Planning (GMT)

10.00 – 11.00 – Strengthening Social Gain

Co-Host: Dr Siobhán Stevenson (Confirmed)

Guests: Juan PardoLeona FensomeCharmaine Burton,


11.00 – 12.00 – Community Radio’s Response to Lockdown

Co-Host: Dr Jo Coleman, Brunel University (Confirmed)

Guests: Julia Ferguson – Bath RadioDean Kavanagh – Switch RadioJohn Keenan – Bute Island RadioMiranda Rae – Ujima Radio

Resources: Report on Covid and Community Radio 2020

12.00 – 13.00 – Creative Community Radio

Co-Host: Lucinda Guy, Soundart Radio (Confirmed).

Guests: Marla King – A Little Bit of Lagom Podcast,

Resources: Skylark Radio,

13.00 – 14.00 – Using Community Media to Promote Personal Hygiene

Co-Host: Sapphire Crosby, De Montfort University (Confirmed)

Guests: Shirish Sadhna – Manav Sadhna

Resources: Germs JourneyDr Katie LairdPro Sarah Younie

14.00 – 15.00 – Futures – Using Community Radio for Public Engagement

Co-Host: Dr Kate Baker, Agile Rabbit & University of Exeter (Confirmed)

Guests: Premal Bhatt – Phonic FMVanessa Boon – Derby Sound,


15.00 – 16.00 – Volta Premier FM – Community Radio in Ghana

Co-Host: Juliet Nugble-Nunkpeku – Volta Premier FM (Confirmed)

Resources: Volta Premier on Facebook,

16.00 – 17.00 – Indigenous Radio 

Co-Host: Dr Katie Moylan, University of Leicester (Confirmed)

Guests: Richard Davis – KUYI FM – Hopi Radio

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