Local radio for development: Haba na haba.

  • Duane Foote
  • Published 1989 in Development communication report


Since 1986, the broadcast stations of the Liberian Rural Communication Network (LRCN) have included in their programming information about education, health, nutrition, population, agriculture, community development along with news, entertainment, sports and other local programming. The popularity of the LRCN lies in the attention given to local languages and communities, the strength of the network's signal and the sense of mutuality, identification, and believability shared by the listeners and programmers. The network was evaluated through the process of a survey and a follow-up survey. The questionnaires evaluated attitudes and behaviors along with knowledge and information sources. Among the many recommendations and conclusions drawn from the survey, it was suggested that broadcasts be more closely associated with activities of local organizations. In addition, it was noted that in a fairly short amount of time the LRCN has bridged a gap between urban and rural listeners and has established itself as the most popular radio station within its broadcast areas.

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@article{Foote1989LocalRF, title={Local radio for development: Haba na haba.}, author={Duane Foote}, journal={Development communication report}, year={1989}, volume={64}, pages={3-6} }