Community Radio is owned and operated in the community, for the community, about the community and by the community. The community can be territorial or geographical- a township, village, district or island. It can be managed or controlled by one group, by combined groups, or by people such as women, children, farmers, fisher folk, ethnic groups, or senior citizens. The central purpose for this radio is to offer the people a voice and help develop the community.
A radio station is recognized as ‘community radio’ when the station is owned by a non-profit group or by a co-operative whose members are the listeners themselves. The purpose therefore, is the name itself - to build community life.