ROLE OF COMMUNITY RADIO IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY

ABSTRACT

The research is set out to examine the role of community radio in a democratic society with a specific focus on Ilesha community. There is no gain saying in the fact that community radio has long been the fore front when mobilizing, sensitizing, educating and promoting political awareness, consciousness and participation in Nigeria. The research is anchored on Agenda Setting Theory and Development Media Theory. The study employed survey research method with questionnaire as data collection instrument. Accidental sampling techniques was used to select respondents in some major strategic location within Ilesha. Out of 100 questionnaire it were administered only 95 copies were correctly filled, and analyzed using frequency and percentage table. Findings shows that mass media especially community radio are still very effective in mobilizing and educating people in the area of politics and governance, many people and method that they listen to radio very often during electioneering to gain information. It is therefore recommended that community radio station should report politics particularly election with fair or favour while they should not allow themselves to be use as tool for propaganda.

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