Monday, December 18, 2006

Open Radio for North Korea plans special for first anniversary

Open Radio for North Korea announced that it will start broadcasting stories of South Korean college students from today, to celebrate the radio station’s first anniversary. They include love stories, ballads, useful economic information and short historic dramas. They were planned and produced by students from Dongguk University, Sungshin Women’s University, Soongsil University, Chung-Ang University, Chongshin University, and Hanyang University, who did their best to reflect the characteristics of their institution.

The first broadcast today is titled “Getting Really Rich” and offers useful tips on the economy for college students. Lee In-geon, a student with Dongguk University Broadcasting System says, “I can’t believe that a show that was broadcast on campus last semester can be heard by North Koreans.” He adds he is worried that programmes targeting college students in South Korea could seem incomprehensible to people in the North.

“If North Koreans can get access to South Korea’s culture step by step and we do the same, the two Koreas will be able to become closer together,” he adds. “I’m pleased that we opened the door for that.” Hanyang University Broadcasting System has a music show titled “The Music World of Artists.” It selects a singer from Korea or abroad each time and talks about their music and plays their songs.

Open Radio for North Korea, opened on 6 December last year, is the first private broadcasting station for the North. It offers a range of radio programs on South Korea’s education, culture and daily lives in every corner of North Korea.
(Source: Netherlands Media Network Weblog)