Established in 2005, Radio Tulsipur is the Independent Community Radio in Nepal. On air from 5 am to 10 pm every day, from its studio in Mid-Western in Nepal (Dang District), it has evolved as a truly independent and highly credible community radio of Nepal. Radio Tulsipur had got the license following nearly 2 years of struggle, with as many conditions which must be adhered to.
Radio Tulsipur is started its mission by giving voice to the people by respecting the right of the people to information while also giving them voice so that they too can come up with their views on issues of public concern. However it was not a joy ride for Radio Tulsipur since it had to face a number of obstacles and hardship coming to it from both democratic movement and regressive regimes. But it came out successful in both expanding its mandate and area of work. Said conversely, Radio Tulsipur is itself a social campaign and saga of continual struggle.
It really came out as a player of the big league when it played an important role during the Free Independent Radio Movement before the year 2007. That was the period which saw community broadcasting coming under the scanner of the erstwhile government with the ulterior motives of gagging the free voice of the community. True to its objectives of playing the role of defender of democracy, Radio Tulsipur has successfully espoused the cause of freedom of the speech, rule of law, desired gender relations, human and women's rights and role of youth in economic development throughout the past while the mission remains unchanged. What's more, it has been setting community and public interest broadcasting standard in country. It is verily the defender of democracy and freedom of speech.
Radio Tulsipur was founded with the pointed objectives which have been summarized as follows:
WHY IT STANDS OUT?
The number of community radio stations in Nepal has crossed 500 since 2014. (Add to it more than 150 commercial ventures.) But, as listeners of Radio Tulsipur testify, it is the most popular and credible one around. It is hugely popular for reasons ranging from authenticity of news to healthy programs. It is known for its expertise to conduct public debate on issues of public concern. This is done by inviting senior government functionaries like departmental secretaries and ministers as well as members of parliament. The importance of such talks is they cannot leave studio without coming up with commitment on the issue. This is done with a view to ensure two-way communication between the listeners and the concerned government authorities. The efforts have fortified the credibility of the radio no end. One can say that there is something quintessential about it. Being a community radio it is noted for the following features:
Radio Tulsipur has a very wide reach. Broadcasting from Dang Valley in Nepal, its frequency is available as far away as Rapti Zone. Going by the survey conducted by Equal Access in the year 2006, Radio Tulsipur is available in districts like Salyan, Pythan, Rolpa, Rukum, parts of Arghakhachhi and Banke. It is also available in parts of Nepal - India Border side. This ensures over 9.5 million regular listeners for Radio Tulsipur.
TECHNOLOGY AND THE NEW MEDIA
Radio Tulsipur had graduated to digital broadcasting technology in the year 2004 after making departure from analogue to spool in pursuit of quality broadcasts. It was only after this that other radio stations turned to digital mode.
Radio Tulsipur has a team of highly trained technical and engineering personnel. Their job is to ensure quality sound. True to the technological age, Radio Tulsipur has been improving the quality of its broadcasts. While Radio Tulsipur is boasts of the 500 watt transmitter. What's more, it is also available on the Internet. Now anyone who has access to Internet can listen to Radio Tulsipur at www.radiotulsipur.com.np
Radio Tulsipur has built a network of other community radio stations with the objective of revolutionizing community broadcasting. It is a member of Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Nepal (ACORAB), and World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), BBC Nepali Service.
Radio Tulsipur has a very wide listener ship that cuts across urban, semi-urban and rural outback. Professionally, they cut across members of the political establishment, bureaucrats, members of the civil society, intelligentsia and those belonging to the working class, and farmers. Moreover, since its frequency is available in diverse ethnic regions and geographical areas, its listeners comprise those belonging to both diverse ethnic and dominant communities.
Listeners of Radio Tulsipur can take part in the process of program production and broadcast in very many ways. Under this arrangement, they can walk in and interact with radio producers and share their ideas and issues which they would like to be covered. They can also do the same by calling up or sending emails or even by writing letters. They can also be roped in to go live by taking part in different programs. Listeners are also welcome to talk to reporters while he or she may be researching or producing program in the field. What's more, programs are designed and repackaged based on the suggestions from listeners. This reinforces relationship between listeners and broadcasters.
There are so many instances of Radio Tulsipur that made tremendous impact on locally domains. Imagine for a moment how a fearless and informed team can make a difference! What follows are only few instances of how Radio Tulsipur shaped the national agenda:
Radio Tulsipur has contributed to rescue and rehabilitation efforts through its broadcasts as and when natural disasters overtake the nation. It contributed to the rescue and rehabilitation efforts when floods and landslide caught up with western part of the country during 2007. It repeated the act again in 2006 when similar disasters caught up with mid- and eastern tarai. Similarly, it contributed to rehabilitation efforts when district headquarters of Rukum district was gutted down by fire. Our reporters had come up with fast updates, which alerted those involved in rescue efforts. The broadcasts had gone a long way in mobilizing the community in rescue efforts. The last time when it contributed to the rescue and rehabilitation efforts was when the flooded Rapti River broke the spurs, resulting in incalculable loss in August 2009. Moreover, it runs PSAs on environment, sanitation, rule of law, gender relations, social justice, education, child rights, human rights, rights of the women, and public health on its own while also promoting the cause of consumers' interests.
PROFESSIONAL EDITORIAL TEAM AND THINK-TANK
As many as 25 highly trained journalists, who comprise reporters/ producers/editors and editorial assistants, work for Radio Tulsipur. Out of them, as much as 35 percent are women and Janajati. Programs are produced by those who have graduate and post-graduate degree in journalism, with necessary training. They ensure quality programs, which are not only informative but interesting and credible. The members of the editorial team have the necessary spirit of voluntarism.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Radio Tulsipur is known for its positive discrimination to women and members of the ethnic community who join it as members of the editorial team. It reflects our style of functioning. Members of the fairer sex and those belonging to ethnic groups race ahead of the rest under similar employment conditions. This is done to give more than fair deal. Exploitation or child labor is non-existent.
HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT