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Radio Survivor

Álvaro Burns is a com­mu­ni­ty radio broad­cast­er in São Bernar­do do Cam­po, Brazil, where he hosts a local sports show on Rádio Paraty FM and he pro­duces the pod­cast A Hora do Cafez­in­ho.” Álvaro is a long-time friend of the show, and Paul recent­ly trav­eled to Brazil and was able to meet up with him at Radio Paraty for an interview.

Álvaro recounts his jour­ney as a col­lege broad­cast­ing stu­dent who became dis­en­chant­ed by com­mer­cial radio, but fell in love with com­mu­ni­ty radio. He dis­cuss­es the place and role of com­mu­ni­ty radio in the Brazil­ian media and polit­i­cal envi­ron­ments, espe­cial­ly in light of the country’s recent elec­tion of the far-right can­di­date Jair Bol­sonaro to be the next pres­i­dent in 2019.