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Radio 2.0: The new Challenge in Europe!

Radio 2.0: The new Challenge in Europe!

The antenna at Moosbrunn, Austria (D. Gungadoo)

Vienna, Austria [C.Cozzi, CD-EUDNews]. March 16, 2015. The Seventh-day Adventist Inter-European Communications Department in collaboration with Adventist World Radio Europe (AWR), the official radio station of the Adventist church, organized the first

March 16, 2015 | C.Cozzi, CD-EUDNews.

Vienna, Austria [C.Cozzi, CD-EUDNews]. March 16, 2015.

The Seventh-day Adventist Inter-European Communications Department in collaboration with Adventist World Radio Europe (AWR), the official radio station of the Adventist church, organized thefirst “Radio 2.0” training for AWR technicians coming from France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria and French Guinea.

About 30 technicians participated in the course held on March 9-10 in the AWR studios in Vienna, Austria.

Those in charge of the course were Gregg Scott, AWR vice president, Siver Springs, USA, Daryl Gungadoo and Yves Senty, AWR Europe, Bracknell, England.

By introducing videos and photos, the course informed and trained participants in new technology for radio broadcasting, to stimulate and improve the system.

“From the first appearance of the Internet, there has been a proliferation and spread of web radio, and we caught the opportunity to add a video that increased the performance of the radio itself," said Yve Senty. Hence the Radio 2.0, which is also called visual radio or the first video screen radio.

Many radio stations have introduced a videocamera in the studio, giving listeners the opportunity to 'see' the speakers, and give a different setting than the regular broadcasts. "We live the Visual generation, declared Corrado Cozzi, EUD Communication Director, "we open a window to peek at what happens in the studio, to show 'pictures' to listeners and capture the attention of the audience.”

Rainhard Kopa, AWR director in Austria,explained why Vienna was chosen, "We, at AWR Austria, have upgraded our Radio and have given the required profile info to be considered a Radio 2.0. It is the first radio of the new generation in the EUD territory, and it was appropriate to have the first course here. The use of podcasts have increased since we broadcast with video-radio."

"In order to have a relevant radio we have to be on the cutting edge. This is what this training has provided”, said Gregg Scott, AWR Vice Director, and added: “We hope that the radio in Vienna is a model that others will soon follow." Among those present were also theorganizers for Radio Albatros in France. This will be the first Radio 2.0 that will broadcast 24/7.Christian Vogel of Stimme der Hoffnung (Hope Radio in Germany) - the EUD Media Center in Darmstadt, affirmed that this training in new generation radio broadcasting, will also enable him to begin in Germany.

Daryl Gungadoo impressed the participants by presenting new technology that will upgrade studios to Radio 2.0. “We know how the radio is used in Europe. Because we are living in a destructively ever-changing world (in terms of constant development), it is crucial to be ready for change, without fear,” Gungadoo declared.

Yves Senty, one of the promoters of the course, shared some interesting remarks from the participants regarding Radio 2.0 and their excitement and desire to apply everything they learned back home.

The program had also scheduled a concert - being in Vienna made it a must. This concert was part of the program right in the AWR studios, in fact, next morning the participants took turns commenting on the concert the evening before on Radio 2.0. “A successful experiment,” said Jessica Bastian of Guiana Francaises, “I'm impressed by this new method of radio broadcasting.”

The course concluded with a visit to the antenna at Moosbrunn, the largest European antenna used by AWR (more than 60% are AWR broadcasts). The antenna covers all of Europe and most of Africa.

Picture: 1. The participants. 2. Daryl Gungadoo, AWR Engineer (C.Cozzi) 3. The Concert in Palais Auersperg (D. Gungadoo).

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