After several years of development, Radio Flambeau is now installed and ready to begin broadcasting. Radio Flambeau is a new community radio station based near the rond-point Paachi in Banka, in the West Province of Cameroon. The station is owned and managed by Cameroonian NGO Protege QV and Association des Dames Flambeau, a women's association in Banka.
Radio Flambeau Vital Statistics
Full Station Name: Radio Flambeau
Location: Banka, West Province, Cameroon
Frequency: 100.0 MHz (Provisional)
Transmitter Power: 100 Watts
Set up in: February 2009
RadioActive's Role: Installation of studios, supply of mid-range station package and 10 day training of radio journalists and technicians
Collaborating Partner(s): Protege QV, Association Flambeau
Main Objectives: Promotion of development, women's education, agriculture, health, local languages, local culture and protection of the environment
Station Contact: Mr Avis Momeni, Secretariat-General de Protege QV (email: avismomeni(at)protegeqv.org). Funding: Cooperation Suisse
Google Map of Station Location
The overall goal of Radio Flambeau will be to promote development and well-being in the region around Bafang and Banka, with programming on education, agriculture, child-rearing, protecting the environment, family health, women's issues, in local languages and playing local music.
RadioActive was hired by Protege QV to supply and install the studio and transmission equipment for the station, and provide training to the station staff. Radio Flambeau uses one our mid-range packages, but with two computers, one for recording and editing, and the other for broadcasting. The station consists of two sound-proofed studios, one of which is the Control Room, and the other used for recording.
Protege QV has employed 4 staff members to work in the station, one as the station manager, and the other three as animateur / techniciens. The rest of the programming will be produced by volunteers from the local community. RadioActive worked with the station and Protege QV staff for 10 days, installing the station equipment and giving workshops on using the studio equipment, recording and editing programmes using Adobe Audition, and station management issues such as roles and responsibilities, creating a programming grid, station rules and regulations, developing an on-air code of conduct and encouraging community participation in the station. 10 days was a short time to fit so much in, so we hope to have the chance to go back to work with Radio Flambeau again.
Protege QV are seeking volunteers with professional or community radio experience who speak good French to spend 2 - 4 weeks working with the staff at Radio Flambeau. For more information on Protege QV and their work or to contact them, please visit their site: www.protegeqv.org.
Video Clips from Radio Flambeau
Below are several short video clips of the staff and members of the women's assocation discussing the role they see the radio station playing in their community.