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Radio in Accra: A confluence of National and Traditional Representations.
Unformatted Document Text:  Radio in Accra 18 dominating the citizenry, it has become the forum for discussing, raising awareness and for promoting commerce. Radio like other media promotes development, and provides entertainment. Private radio and most of the private media are now confronted with the reality of funding their businesses. Private funding and proprietorship has changed the way the media is managed and practiced. Currently radio management in Ghana exhibit management efficiency and social responsibility. Radio practitioners are more concerned about meeting public expectation rather than catering to the needs of the government. And the success of a station depends on how well it caters to the expectations of its audience. The dynamics of radio programming in Ghana is a clear indication of the democratic development of a public sphere within which Ghanaians can exercise their right to free expression. The electronic public sphere of the radio has caught on with Ghanaians, who are using the media platform to address issues of national concern using symbols and images that are culturally appropriate. A growing number of Ghanaians have come to realize that their opinions and sentiments on national issues could be aired without being prosecuted. Prior to the current phenomena of open public debates on the radio stations and other electronic media, access to the public forums to voice opinions was very limited. CONCLUSION The days of the exclusive government operated media were characterized by extreme control, which sometimes led to program cancellation, and media self-censorship. That kind of self-censorship in Ghanaian media was not productive. The anticipation is that self-censorship connoted freedom to determine what got distributed through the media channels. Thus, in the typical self-censored environment mostly in the libertarian systems it allowed journalists and media content providers to put out a wide variety of programs. Self-censorship symbolized

Authors: Boateng, Kwasi.
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Radio in Accra 18
dominating the citizenry, it has become the forum for discussing, raising awareness and for
promoting commerce. Radio like other media promotes development, and provides entertainment.
Private radio and most of the private media are now confronted with the reality of
funding their businesses. Private funding and proprietorship has changed the way the media is
managed and practiced. Currently radio management in Ghana exhibit management efficiency
and social responsibility. Radio practitioners are more concerned about meeting public
expectation rather than catering to the needs of the government. And the success of a station
depends on how well it caters to the expectations of its audience.
The dynamics of radio programming in Ghana is a clear indication of the democratic
development of a public sphere within which Ghanaians can exercise their right to free
expression. The electronic public sphere of the radio has caught on with Ghanaians, who are
using the media platform to address issues of national concern using symbols and images that are
culturally appropriate. A growing number of Ghanaians have come to realize that their opinions
and sentiments on national issues could be aired without being prosecuted. Prior to the current
phenomena of open public debates on the radio stations and other electronic media, access to the
public forums to voice opinions was very limited.
CONCLUSION
The days of the exclusive government operated media were characterized by extreme
control, which sometimes led to program cancellation, and media self-censorship. That kind of
self-censorship in Ghanaian media was not productive. The anticipation is that self-censorship
connoted freedom to determine what got distributed through the media channels. Thus, in the
typical self-censored environment mostly in the libertarian systems it allowed journalists and
media content providers to put out a wide variety of programs. Self-censorship symbolized


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