Radio played a key role to spread awareness during pandemic crisis say MP based programme executives
Bhopal/IBNS: Radio can be a key tool for communicating with people as well as keep a tab on the challenges faced by children, especially during the pandemic, said Anil Gulati, Communication Specialist, UNICEF, Madhya Pradesh.
He was talking at an online session conducted by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Devi Ahilya University, Indore, in collaboration with UNICEF, Madhya Pradesh.
Speakers included Vikas Awasthi, Programming Head, MYFM, Bhopal; Pinki Tiwari, Station Head, LakeCity Voice, Jagran LakeCity University; Jitendar Kumar, Radio Sironj, Vidisha; Vaishali, Radio Time, Sagar; RJ Teena, MY FM and Dr Sonalee Nargunde, Head of Department, SJMC, DAVV Indore.
Vikas Awasthi said they discussed about COVID-19 precautions with their listeners as well as held entertainment related programmes for people who were stuck at home during the pandemic crisis.
However, they ensured the programmers worked from home for safety reasons.
Pinki Tiwari spoke on the programming they did while at home, which seemed initially quite challenging but they could deliver and do programmes for children and people, provide information in simple manner, and give space to voices of people.
Jitendar Kumar spoke about the programmes they broadcast for agriculture farmers, responding to their queries and how they also spread awareness about preventive measures related to COVID-19.
Vaishali too spoke about challenges in adapting to COVID-19 containment rules and how they conveyed messages about use of facemask, ensure distancing norms and talked about things which would interest people residing in Sagar district.
RJ Teena shared her experience of hosting various programmes to engage the audience in Bhopal as they stayed at home, including talking about COVID warriors.
Dr Sonalee Nargunde appreciated the online programme involving various radio channels and pointed out that it can help students to learn from the experience of professionals.
Shefali Chaturvedi moderated the programme.