Radio Regent is an internet radio station that is publicly accessible on-line via the World Wide Web and to Regent Park households as an audio stream on a dedicated closed circuit television channel (Rogers cable customers only). The Internet radio station was launched on January 1, 2012 and is housed at the Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre located in the heart of Regent Park, Toronto, at 38 Regent Street.
The mandate of Radio Regent is to provide a voice to Regent Park and other ethno- racial and marginalized communities residing in the City of Toronto. As such Radio Regent will have a unique sound. While Radio Regent will have diverse programming and feature various types of spoken word & news shows and popular urban musical styles such as jazz, hip hop, blues and alternative rock, a strong emphasis will be on: promoting the work of local Toronto artists; providing information related to the Regent Park redevelopment as well as other news relevant to local Regent Park community members; and showcasing news, spoken word and music styles influenced by or associated with specific cultural ethnicities that comprise Regent Park, notably, Chinese, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Jamaican, Somali, Vietnamese, Congolese, Filipino, Indian and Ghanalese. Multi-lingual programming will be encouraged and supported.
Radio Regent will also be dedicated to social justice. Shows (music, spoken word, radio documentaries and news) and special broadcasts (such as International Women’s Day, African Liberation Month and Pride Week) challenging racism, sexism, Queer hatred, classism and ableism, and other forms of anti-oppression and anti-discrimination will be a prominent feature of Radio Regent programming.
Radio Regent will aspire to provide original programming from 9am to 12am, seven days weekly. The programming will be hosted and produced by local residents of Regent Park as well as other producers who will come to Radio Regent from diverse communities all across the Greater Toronto Area.
In keeping with Regent Park Focus vision to bring community members together to creatively address issues that have an impact on them, Radio Regent will strive to be an intergenerational social space for all members of the station to engage with each other and members of their constituencies. As part of this mandate Radio Regent will provide programmers with free community meeting space, use of computers for researching purposes and regularly host: a monthly social performance event in the Regent Park area (known as Last Fridays’ ); on-going panel discussions on issues that communities are struggling with; and workshop opportunities for children, newcomers, high school and university students, women, seniors and all others who have an interest in using the vehicle of internet radio to dialogue and promote awareness of and within their communities.
To ensure audience development, high quality broadcasts and to accomplish the above mandated activities, Radio Regent is committed to continuous volunteer recruitment and training strategies, as well as the development of a strong staff core. Radio Regent staff will strive to: facilitate opportunities for mentorship between and among programmers; assist programmers in branding and promotion of their shows; train programmers in the use of social media tools; conduct media literacy workshops; and providing regular consultation and on going technical production workshops.
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