After two seminars, many many technical problems and me being absent for a month due to job responsibilities, we finally did it! Blind Dates Radio is on air and we officially broadcast on s9.myradiostream.com/8022.htm .
Radio schedule and short CVs of radio producers are available online on the blog theblinddates.wordpress.com.
Mixalis Mouratidis wrote something very important which represents one of the main goals of Blind Dates Project [gr]:
Ο βασικός όμως λόγος είναι ότι θεωρώ πως είναι το καλύτερο μέσο για να προβάλουμε την κοινότητα τυφλών και να δείξουμε σε άτομα της κοινότητας πως δεν είναι μόνοι και πως μπορούμε να βοηθήσουμε ο ένας τον άλλον και μαζί να καταφέρουμε πολλά.
I think that the basic reason (I participated in the project) is because I strongly believe that radio is the best mean to promote blind community and show to its members that they are not alone, that we can help each other and if we are united, we can succeed lots of things.
Due to limited budjet, we decided to upload the radio station to a free web server. My first suggestion was listen2myradio, which unfortunately proved to be inconvenient for participants to use it. Second and final choice was freestreamghosting. In the beginning we have created an account to the 6th server but we noticed that server was often down. So, we have changed server and moved to server 9. Our lucky number from now on…
How a visually impaired person can do a radio program
Each participant uses computers and internet in a different way. Some of them use screen readers and keyboard shortcuts and some others digital magnifying glass. After the solution of technical problems, two seminars have taken place. The first one was about solving technicalities and teach participants how to use the radio program, SAM Broadcaster depending on the tools they use,
The second seminar was held in order to discuss about some basic radio rules, the radio schedule, and to test the sound in each participant's laptop. We structured 9+1 Gold Rules about radio, which have been sent through emails but also printed in Braille language and distributed to participants.Participants were asked to write a short CV about his life, hobbies, the reason why they participate in the radio and the name of their radio program. Truth is that almost all of them are quite excited with doing radio programs, more than writing for the blog. Sound and music are very important to visually impaired people and through radio they approach more the local community and local youth.
With the help of Panhellenic Association, sound messages about blindness will be included in the schedule. One participant, who is musician and lives in Mutilini, has composed a special audiotrack to use it as jingle for the radio.
You can listen to it here: Blind Dates Radio Jingle.