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‘Kadal Osai’ (the sound of the sea), the radio station was launched by Armstrong Fernando, a fisherman himself, in 2016.
The channel is known for its on-ground impact that has benefited the local community – be it students or homemakers or fishermen. It also acts as a direct link between the government and the community to solve local issues swiftly.
As per reports in The Better India Pamban Island, located off the eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, is just a stone’s throw away from Sri Lanka. The island has a population of about one lakh and nearly 80 per cent of the residents make a living from fishing.
The 24×7 radio station begins with weather updates. These come in handy to the community that once used to predict the weather easily. Due to climate change, it has become increasingly difficult to interpret and identify wind patterns, water level and potential fishing zones.
The updates are followed by the ‘Kadal Osai Thandora’ segment, where the jockey announces the rates of fish and diesel, availability of power supply and other such news useful for the locals.
Job vacancies in the Indian Navy and Coast Guard are also announced.
Homemakers and other women like to listen to talks about caged fishing, making craft items from shells, and doing seaweed farming. This encourages them to become financially independent.
From imparting knowledge on generating alternative livelihoods to spreading awareness on marine conservation to the latest advocacy about social distancing, Kadal Osai FM 90.4 is a special channel that is making a significant impact on the local population of Pamban island with its region-specific solutions and interaction with inhabitants.
(story sourced through inputs from agencies)