The Foundation for Civil Radio was established in Budapest in 1993 to support and popularize the cause of non-governmental and non-profit radio broadcasting. In addition, it was established to operate a local radio station in Budapest for the same purpose. More than a hundred associations, foundations and institutes joined the program initiated by the founders. The radio is located in Budapest and has the potential to reach almost 2,5 million people through terrestrial broadcasting.

Currently, Civil Radio broadcasts everyday with the help of more than a hundred volunteers. Cultural-, social-, public issues, environmental protection events, community actions, conflicts are the central topics of our programming. About 100 volunteer programmers and technicians present more than 50 programs that go onto the air.

Civil Radio is unique in its effort to give forum to the third sector, i.e. representatives or members of the civil societies, NGO-s and community initiatives. Presenters of the radio cover issues of community interests including but not limited to questions of social justice, disadvantaged and disabled people, environment, consumer protection, ethnic groups, cultural events, anti-discrimination, social exclusion or hatred speech. Civil Radio also tries to involve its listeners in making radio programs. Editors frequently invite guests and in that way the radio encourages civil society to promote and publicize their activities.

We are an independent radio station, we do not depend on political or economic interest groups. Sources for its operation are: work of its volunteers, funding grants and other forms of financial assistance from friends of the station, donations. This is an interactive radio station, listeners can participate in the process occasionally or as often as they wish. One of our main objectives is to “demolish” the myth of mass media and to prove that everybody – who has a message – can get a microphone and be an active member of our team. Civil Radio highlights the social life and civic associations of the districts, analyses the contacts between local governments and civic organizations, and reports on different NGO-support systems developed by different democratic governments. We discuss the local traditions and what measures are being taken to protect them.

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