PROMOTING OPEN AIR WAVES AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.
I recently had a chance to take a peek inside the Harbiye studios from which Istanbul’s AÇIK (Open) Radyo 94.9 is broadcast. On the airwaves since 1995, the station will soon move to a new home in Tophane. It was Simon Johnson, editor-in-chief of That Magazine, and co-host of Saturday night’s 10 pm world music program, who suggested I take a look behind the scenes.
COFFEE AND TEA AVAILABLE BASED ON THE HONOR SYSTEM.
AÇIK’s studios are quite a contrast compared to those I’m used to. Its studio glass is yellowed and hazed with cigarette (ahem) smoke, empty beer bottles have been left atop consoles, there are torn walls, desks missing drawers, and just about every square inch of wall, glass or air duct is stuck with decals, making it feel more like the basement of a high school friend even five floors up. But then the studios I used to work with were simply about making themselves and other people money.
And not that there’s anything wrong with that, but this Istanbul-based, privately held, non-profit cultural institution means something more—especially to people in the region—as it was formed with the ideals of democracy not just in mind but implemented in its structure, working methods and programming. Its goal is to protect the universality of fundamental human rights and freedoms. How?
By capturing: “life as it is by being open to all the sounds, colours and vibrations of the universe.”
Seems like a noble pursuit to me.
THE MUSIC LIBRARY.
RAS MEMO, HOST OF SATURDAY NIGHT’S “HIGH TIMES”
TECHNOLOGY MAY CHANGE BUT RADIO IS HERE TO STAY: AÇIK RADYO 94.9 — Listen here.