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PhD student Arlind Reuter talks about working with Older Voices in Newcastle, Sonder Radio in Manchester and East London Radio to put on a radio festival as the official launch of a radio network for older adults.
As part of my PhD project on digital and civic participation in later life, I spent the past year meeting with different groups of older adults who produce community radio shows across the UK. Together we explored the different ways of how radio content was produced.
Even though the different radio shows have different practices, I found they all share the same passion for broadcasting about diversity in later life.
As an outcome, we decided to run a two day Radio Festival for older adults as a way to connect and to kickstart the conversation about ageing and radio production.
This two day event was held at the Urban Sciences Building (Newcastle University) and provided a space for older adults who produce radio, radio station owners, researchers and third sector organisations to come together and share practices, insights and discuss ways to promote participation of older adults in the radio space.
We even created an intergenerational radio show at the festival, which was broadcast live on Sonder Radio online using their mobile studio equipment.
As part of the festival, we ran a workshop, exploring the radio.garden web-interface, which allows its users to browse community radio stations across the globe. This is just one example of how radio links in with digital technologies and that we can all keep an open mind to explore new ways of interacting with radio content.
We also had a series of talks with topics ranging from Ageism in Radio to how the community radio sector was established in the UK and about feminism in radio research, but even more importantly, plenty of time for discussion about the questions we really cared about such as:
- How can we increase the representation of older adults in broadcasting?
- How can we promote diversity?
- How can we counteract ageist narratives in local, regional and national media?
There are different ways in which we want to take this network forward, which will be discussed at our next meeting on 7th February 2020, but for now it is an important space to connect and strengthen our ambitions together.
If you want to know more about our members, our mission or the things we set out to achieve, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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