Radiofabrik

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Radiofabrik
Logo Radiofabrik
City of license Salzburg (Austria)
Broadcast area Salzburg (state)
Slogan Good Listening
Frequency 107,5 & 97,3 MHZ - 98,6 MHZ (Cable)
First air date 1998
Format Community Radio
Language(s) German, English, French, Spanish, Turkish, Serbo-Croatian (BCS), Russian, Farsi
Owner Association "Freier Rundfunk Salzburg"
(Sendeanlagen Ltd.)
Webcast http://radiofabrik.at/rafab_stream_low.m3u
Website http://radiofabrik.at

Radiofabrik is Salzburg’s community radio. It is an independent, non-commercial, non-profit radio station in Salzburg, Austria.

History[edit]

Matchbox with an ad of „Piratenradio Bongo 500“, from 1992

Some of the founders, for example Wolfgang Hirner (who became CEO of the Radiofabrik later on) of Radiofabrik were broadcasting illegal pirate radio already in 1992. The programme was called «Radio Bongo 500».

Radiofabrik was the second Austrian community Radio, which started broadcasting immediately after the breakup of the radio broadcasting monopoly (Radio Helsinki at Graz, already started in 1995). In the beginning Radiofabrik had a five-hour broadcast-slot at the commercial radio station «Radio Arabella».

The daily broadcasting service started in January 2002, in alliance with the «Objektwerbung GmbH». After «Objektwerbung GmbH» faced financial turbulences, it retired from the broadcasting alliance in October 2003. By that time Radiofabrik received the full broadcasting licence.

Studio of Radiofabrik in containers, until 2005

Nowadays more than 280 volunteers create a twenty-four-seven radio programme, which is broadcast via the frequences 107,5 MHz and 97,3 MHz and via cable 98,6 MHz.

The studio of Radiofabrik in 1st floor of ARGEkultur, roof antenna for frequence 97,3 MHz

In the early days of Radiofabrik programme was produced in a container-studio. In 2005 the broadcast station moved into the «ARGE-Kultur Salzburg», the largest autonomic cultural centre of Western Austria, where professional infrastructure and equipment (office, studio, production rooms and workshop rooms) is available.

Programme and concept[edit]

As a non-commercial, independent Community Radio Radiofabrik is intended for everyone, individuals and groups, especially for those, who tend to be underrepresented in both private and public media. Therefore there are programmes produced by and for people senior 50, a special programme produced by youth for people under 18, and also programmes in more than 10 different languages. Radiofabrik is the broadcasting service with the largest diversity of opinion in Salzburg.

Everyone who wants to create his own radio programme can become a community member and has to pass a workshop, in which media law, technical skills and basic journalistic skills are taught. The person in charge of his own programme is free to choose topic and content of his or her broadcast. There is definitely no space for programmes with racist, sexist, pro-violent or anti-democratic content as well as religious propaganda.

The journalist Georg Wimmer, who has already won several journalistic awards, is responsible for the coordination of the programme. Georg Wimmer is on paternity leave since the end of 2008. In January 2009 project manager Eva Schmidhuber took on the programme administration.

Organisation[edit]

The organization of Radiofabrik is based on two pillars: The „Verein Freier Rundfunk Salzburg“ is a registered association, in which all programme creators and supporters are members on institutional level. The association is responsible for the broadcasting service. The association owns a corporation in charge of the infrastructure (Sendeanlagen GesmbH), who also holds the broadcasting licence.

The board of management consists of cultural scientist Elke Zobl (chairwoman of the association), communication scientist Alois Pluschkowitz, journalist Michaela Gründler (editor-in-chief of Street newspaper Apropos) and Anton Prlic (journalist of newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten) and management-consultant Wolfgang Stöger.

Until 2007 Radiofabrik was managed by founder Wolfgang Hirner. Adult educator Andreas Wagner was CEO from 2007 forward. In March 2008 media artist and media manager Alf Altendorf became CEO of Radiofabrik.

Project work[edit]

Radiofabrik's local connection to NGOs and cultural sites in Salzburg is as vital for the programme of Radiofabrik as the orientation towards the European Union, which culminates in participating in many projects initiated by the EU. Radiofabrik shares its programs via online-platforms of Community Radios in Austria and Germany.

The significance of activities in the field of media-related education has increased. One example is the Interreg-IIIA-Project “EuRegio Medienzentrum”, where the “Aktion Film Salzburg” and the District Office of Traunstein are involved.

Projects[edit]

  • EU-Project Civilmedia (annual convention since 2006) [1]
  • EU-Project Radiodialogues – voices of diversity
  • EU-Project Talk About It
  • EU-Project Let's Talk About Science
  • EU-Project I Speak Football [2]
  • Euregio-Project EuRegio Media Center (EMZ)
  • EuRegio Children's Radio – Radio of, for and with children
  • belle of the ball – project “Rasende Reporterin” at EURO2008
  • mozartRemixed

Technic[edit]

Radiofabrik develops hardware and software for the editorial board of radio stations. In 2005 IT-engineer Hermann Huber presented the Radio Automation Software YARM (Yet Another Radio Manager) at the Ars Electronica. Many Austrian community radios are now using YARM.

Production director, musician and innovater Marcus Diess created the signal monitoring system “Signal Watchdog”, which checks functioning of the Radiofabrik transmitters and immediately reports technical breakdowns via SMS. A sound editing software for blind editors (“Studioguard”) is under way.

Partnerships[edit]

Radiofabrik 107,5 is a member of the Association of Community Radios in Austria (Verband Freier Radios Österreich – VFRÖ) and of the umbrella organization of Salzburg's cultural sites (Dachverband Salzburger Kulturstätten). The association is founder and holds a 24% share of the community television FS1.[3]

Awards[edit]

Radiofabrik received i.a. the following awards:

  • Cultural award for integration and human rights (“Kulturpreis für Integration und Menschenrechte“) endowed by the Green Party of Salzburg and Gerard Mortier.
  • Cultural Award of the federal state of Salzburg (Kulturpreis des Landes Salzburg)
  • Radio Award of adult education – Eduard-Ploier-Award (2007, 2008)
  • Alternative Media Award of Media academy Nürnberg and Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES)
  • Media award of the German organisation Kindernothilfe
  • ESIS – Seal for innovative multilingual projects (2003, 2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official website of Civimedia
  2. ^ Website of I Speak Football
  3. ^ Legal disclosure of Radiofabrik

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 47°47′39″N 13°03′21″E / 47.794173°N 13.055963°E / 47.794173; 13.055963