Community Radio’s International Reach

Charlottesville’s station celebrates community radio with Ghana.

This year, WTJU has been creating and strengthening a partnership with Radio Peace, a community radio station in Winneba, Ghana – one of Charlottesville’s sister cities. From Sept 19-24, the director of Radio Peace, Kwesi Ghartey-Tagoe, is set to visit WTJU and Charlottesville.

“I had been familiar with Charlottesville’s Sister Cities program for a while. When I learned that Winneba had a community radio station based at the local university, I knew I needed to reach out and make a connection,” said Nathan Moore, WTJU General Manager.

“Since talking with Kwesi, I have been incredibly impressed by the way that Radio Peace does extensive off-air community ascertainment to drive the issues presented in its on-air programming. Radio Peace really is a tool for community development,” added Moore.

The public is warmly invited to attend “Sister Radio: An Evening with WTJU and Ghana’s Radio Peace” on Thursday, September 21 at The Bridge PAI, 209 Monticello Rd. The event will include drinks and a meet-and-greet at 6:00 p.m., followed by a talk and Q&A at 7:00 p.m. Details at: wtju.net/ghana-visit.

During his visit, Ghartey-Tagoe will also join WTJU on-air during Beyond Borders (Wed., 9/20, 12-2 p.m.) and World Turning (Fri., 9/22, 12-2 p.m.). He will also attend WTJU’s Freefall concert featuring Mighty Joshua at the IX Art Park on Saturday, September 23, 5-9 p.m.

Ghartey-Tagoe’s visit is sponsored by the Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission. The Sister Cities network strives to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development.

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