Build, Program & Operate Community Radio

Media experts from Canada, the Philippines and USA states - California, New Jersey, New York and Texas, are presenting methods for how to create and run a community radio station during a panel discussion and workshop at the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference on Monday, August 26 2019 at Salt Lake City.


The 90-minute workshop, organized by IAWRT-USA in collaboration with Zonta International and Austin Airwaves, demonstrated methods for designing, building, operating and programming community radio stations to benefit the whole community.


Sheila (Dallas) Katzman, President of IAWRT-USA chapter, moderated the event. Katzman has over two decades of expertise in radio production and hosting for the Women’s International News Gathering Service, WBAI Pacifica Radio, and the United Nations Peacekeeping Radio in Sierra Leone as well as professional skills in applied theater techniques.


The Presenters:

  • Peggy Berryhill, an award-winning radio producer at KGUA Public Radio in Gualala, California. Berryhill is a Muscogee Tribal member and founder of the Native Media Resource Center, and has worked in public radio for 45 years.
  • Frieda Werden, Series Producer, WINGS – Women’s International News Gathering Service; experienced with programmer recruitment, training, and scheduling for campus and community radio in US and Canada.
  • Jola Diones-Mamangun, Kodao Productions, narrowcast expert (without transmitters) and IAWRT-Philippines Chapter Head.
  • Pamela Morgan, founder of Women-in-Media-Newark, Zonta International representative to the UN ECOSOC.
  • Jim Ellinger, Agent, Austin Airwaves. Ellinger is a 30-year veteran of non-commercial and community-based radio and television in and outside North America, serving post-disaster and threatened communities with Low Power FM radio stations.


Topics included using FM frequencies, low-powered FM, narrowcasting, and digital alternatives.


Panelists shared their expertise on how to create, host and program, as well as to estimate costs and budget, organize fundraising and identify community needs.

The United Nations 68th Civil Society Conference from August 26-28, 2019 is the premier event for civil society organizations.


This year’s conference focuses on UN development goals of making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. 


IAWRT-USA is one of the 14 chapters of the IAWRT and is on Facebook

Extended biographies of speakers attached below.