Community radio has been a source of pride for local communities since its inception, providing news and events to keep people informed about their local area. This is still true today, although the reach of community radio is no longer limited to geographical boundaries. An example of this is WMNF 88.5 in East Tampa, which has become a source of pride for the community due to its mission and work. In Bolivia, La Voz del Minero, Radio Pío XII, Radio Vanguardia de Colquiri, Radio Animas, Radio 21 de Diciembre and Radio Nacional de Huanuni are some of the most important radio stations created, financed and managed by Bolivian mining workers.
These stations are broadcast on 87.5 MHz, 87.7 MHz and 87.9 MHz frequencies, while in some regions of Brazil, community radio stations are reserved on 98.3 MHz, 104.9 MHz, 105.9 MHz, 106.3 MHz and 107.9 MHz frequencies. Miners' radio stations were important because they provided a powerful medium for Bolivian miners to communicate their ideas and represent the movement in international forums. The National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) provides manuals for stations, organizes an annual conference and lobbies for community radio at the federal level. The Don Bosco Technical School has also helped the Tetere community manage a radio station near Honiara, while the Solomon Islands Development Trust Fund created a community media center to expand local capacity. Community radio stations have been asking the government to introduce different policies and laws for their benefit, with the aim of achieving social change and justice. They can broadcast news and information programs aimed at the local area (especially immigrants or minority groups), which are often overlooked by mainstream media. In India, Kutch Mahila Vikas Sanghatan worked with women in the Kutch district to produce programs on cultural and local development issues, which were broadcast on the nearest All India radio station.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has also recognized the importance of community radio and announced plans for its future. Currently, 14 community radio stations are broadcasting in Bangladesh with the objective of guaranteeing rural communities' empowerment and right to information. The Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has been fighting for 12 years to open up community media (including community radio, community television and community cinema) as voices for the voiceless. The BNNRC has created the Community Media News Agency (CMNA), the Community Media Academy (CMA) and the Monthly Community Media to share news about development and build capacity for the community media sector in Bangladesh. The National Federation of Community Broadcasters was formed in 1975 as a membership organization for community radio stations. In terms of service models, location is valued; community radio can offer content focused on a more local or particular community than larger operations. Since the enactment of a new constitution in November 1990, campaigns to get radio stations on air have been fundamental to creating a new communications environment and awareness of the importance and need for independent public interest broadcasting. The benefits of having a local community radio station are numerous.
It can provide an outlet for local voices that may not be heard otherwise; it can be used as an educational tool; it can provide access to information about local events; it can be used as a platform for discussion about important issues; it can provide entertainment; it can be used as a platform for fundraising; it can be used as a platform for advocacy; it can be used as a platform for civic engagement; it can be used as a platform for cultural exchange; it can be used as a platform for economic development; it can be used as a platform for social change; it can be used as a platform for emergency communication; it can be used as a platform for youth engagement; it can be used as a platform for political dialogue; it can be used as a platform for public health initiatives; it can be used as a platform for disaster relief efforts; it can be used as a platform for promoting tourism; it can be used as a platform for promoting local businesses; it can be used as a platform for promoting volunteerism; it can be used as a platform for promoting sustainability initiatives; and finally, it can be used as an outlet to share stories from around the world. Community radio is an invaluable resource that should not be overlooked or underestimated. It provides an opportunity to connect with people from all walks of life, from all corners of the world, while also providing an outlet to share stories that may not otherwise have been heard.