From the original studio in rue des Frères-de-Turenne, Radio Temps Rodez broadcasts programs in all directions, each year trains dozens of young and old in radio professions, while giving a voice to those who wish to speak. .
The year which is ending will have been and still is full of twists and turns for Radio Temps Rodez, a Ruthenian community radio station created in 2006 by Pierre-Etienne Vanpouille, co-chairman of the station’s board of directors.
Indeed, in addition to the upheavals generated by the global pandemic, RTR had to deal with the departures of emblematic figures of the station, like Armand, the programming director who left to exercise his talents under other skies. The year was also conducive to setting up and monitoring new educational projects. In particular the one still in progress in a college in Senegal. RTR also welcomed new animators and organized its extended general assembly, which began a few days and will continue until January 7! Blame it on the resumption of the epidemic and the “very high” risks of virus transmission. “A situation incompatible with the holding, under good conditions, of our general meeting”, said Pierre-Etienne Vanpouille. No question of skipping the meeting that was finally held on the web. “And if she still going, he specifies, this is to give members, subscribers and ordinary listeners time to consult the activity report (very dense) and to vote. “
To continue to carry out its missions in the best conditions, RTR has launched two recruitment campaigns. “For this, we received many applications, but in the end, few of them were serious, he regrets. It wasted a lot of time. “ However, by dint of consultations two young people “full of desire and talent” were selected.
In the project department, the Ruthenian station has initiated a partnership with a Senegalese radio station: Radio Casamance Afrique. “Two animators from home were sent there, explains Pierre-Etienne Vanpouille. Ne exchanged shows, they let us know their reality. Technical support was also provided to a local college which was able to set up the first school radio club in Senegal. They have little money, but they manage to make great shows. Some are to be discovered on the airwaves of RTR “, recalls the founder of the Ruthenian radio station who will renew this kind of partnership, but in Quebec, this time.
The recipes successfully applied here by Pierre-Etienne Vanpouille also work elsewhere. Moreover, we can no longer count the number of young initiates, even trained in radio professions through RTR (107 FM). In addition, thanks to a mobile studio the size of a suitcase, RTR can travel anywhere in schools and is operational in 15 minutes to broadcast its content on the air.
“We have the ambition to offer media education for information and want to involve young people to teach them to develop their critical sense”, indicates Pierre-Etienne Vanpouille. The national education retiree – he was an associate professor of mathematics – is convinced by the educational values of the radio. Never far away from the studios on rue des Frères-de-Turenne for too long, Pierre-Etienne Vanpouille is campaigning on all fronts to continue to grow his station.
As such, RTR was selected following the call for projects launched by the Fondation de France to upgrade new facilities for the elderly. A vast program that the station will carry out simultaneously in partnership with Pierre Roux. The latter chairs the Palio social and medico-social cooperation group to which two associations that manage 4 nursing homes in Aveyron belong.