Tribal Language and Community Radio: A Case Study on “Radio Mattoli” Wayanad, Kerala, India

B. G. Jithin Balu 1 *, A. Balasubramanian 2

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Wayanad is located in the Western Ghats as a north-east district of Kerala. The Wayanadan culture is mainly carved out from the different tribal communities. They do not have any basic infrastructure and the literacy level is very low. Most tribes do not have very much interaction with the outside world and hence the governments are helpless in upgrading their living standard. Radio Mattoli is a community radio started in the year 2009 with the aim of developing the socio economic and the cultural status of the marginalized society at Wayanad. In this study, the researcher could get a positive result on the reach as well as the impact of the community radio. Development of alternative medium for indigenous group not only helps in communicating local news and information, but it also helps in improving quality of life of the people.


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Article Type: Research Article

Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 5, Issue September 2015 - Special Issue, pp. 160-170

Published Online: 01 Sep 2015

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