Radio R has been operating since 2008 at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno. This internet station was established by a small group of enthusiasts who wanted to fill some empty spaces in Czech radio broadcasting. From the beginning, Radio R sought to provide room for specific music genres, explore under-reported topics and engage in the cultural space of Brno. Today, more than 150 volunteers at Radio R stay true to the original idea that prompted the foundation of their radio production years ago.
Over the years, Radio R has developed a stable internal structure and is headed by a station manager who is elected for a one-year term of office. The broadcasts are managed by eight editorial offices, each of them headed by its own manager. The station endeavours to provide personal development and education to its members as well as space where they can carry out almost any idea they have.
Just like at the beginning, Radio R is a group of people who are not just colleagues, but also friends; they want to share their experience with and draw inspiration from each other and together they create unforgettable memories. Radio R can be described by four words: community, alternative, non-commercial, and open. Within the Czech and Slovak Republics, it is without equal.
Of the four characteristics mentioned above, “community” is the strongest feature of Radio R. This is why applicants' personality and enthusiasm matter most when it comes to welcoming new members. Everything else -- public speaking, technical skills, etc. -- can be learned within the radio community.
No professional experience is required; human individuality is what the community is looking for. Anyone who has something to say, who is interested in a specific area and can bring something new to the Radio R community and its listeners is welcome. Radio R gives free rein to the creativity of each of its members. There is broadcasting space for shows that never would be aired by other radio stations. Radio managers do not base their decisions on audience size, but rather on the contribution of the given person to life in general or the functioning of the organisation. This is why the programme of Radio R is very eclectic and colourful, ranging from politics, technology, and business to literature, dancing and, of course, music.