January 2004 Archives

Super Bowl and Baptists

Houston is energized about the upcoming super bowl. The Baptists are praying over seat cushions so that when the fans sit on them, God will watch over them: "Volunteers will say a brief "SOS" prayer over each seat asking for salvation, obedience to God and safety for each fan, said Roy Guel, a Sagemont (Baptist) Church staff member who is coordinating volunteers. "

Now there's an interesting prayer ministry.


Satellite Talk Show

One of the highlights of the North South Radio Dialog was a one-hour talk show about the world summit on the information society and its relevance to local communities. Using its network satellite, ALER connected panelists from four countries: The Netherlands, Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia. This demonstration revealed the power of listening to grassroots people speak for themselves about media issues as these affect schools, employment options and health. Plans are for ALER to do this in conjunction with radio stations in the US, starting this April.

Friends in Blogs

I am sitting with a friend, Pepe Arevalo who is going to start his own blog...daily. He runs the systems at ALER. He is from Peru and wants to hear from anyone who is passionate about radio. Especially from the US he wants to hear about radio. He can also share info about radio in Latin America.

Latina/o Digital Radio

Yesterday I visited Ximana Chala, one of the inspiring leaders within the Centro Cultural Afroecuatoriano. She is working on a new video about the afroecuadorian legacy in the tourist areas of Ecuador, unveiling many surprises about the African history in Ecuador. If you click on "videos" on the website, you'll find that they offer videos on many interesting topics that you may wish to order. They have some "video clips" that might be useful for small group reflections. They do ship to the United States.

During this seminar, "North-South Radio Dialog," we've discussed the digital radio developments that sound hopeful for radios to operate a second channel, thus allowing for new voices in the US. One of the seminar participants, Fred Flaxman, Director of Development at WEXH, says that his station, WEXL, Florida will begin the digital converson this year. The second channel could be for spanish and other voices???!!! Since we are being hosted by ALER which could easily host a 24-7 service. A the participants are enthused that ideas and collaborations born here may eventually blossom. Latin American stations represented are from Peru, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica. As I mentioned, also present are staff from NPR, PRI and NFCB. This is a wonderful week. More tomorrow.

North South Radio Dialog

Happy new year. Back from vacationing during the holidays, I find myself in Quito, Ecuador, where I with 12 US and 12 Latin American radio activists-leaders. We�ll be here one week for a seminar that tries to forge working relationships in community and public radio. NPR, PRI, National Federation of Community Broadcasters, Radio Bilingue, and public station reps are here from the US, as are radio directors and satellite programmers from various Latin American countries. More details later. It is exciting to start 2004 this way, making roads toward peace, justice.
Hosting the "North-South Radio Dialog" is ALER.
gotta go to the session, i�ll get back here later.

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