TAIPEI, (Taiwan News) Taiwan's first nationwide indigenous radio station is scheduled to start broadcasting on Aug. 9.
The Alian 96.3 radio station, operated by the Indigenous Peoples' Cultural Foundation, plans to broadcast content in 16 indigenous languages. It will feature 15 programs on a wide range of topics, including music and entertainment, gourmet cooking, social care, sightseeing, parental education, arts, sports and healthcare.
One of the Foundation's aims is to highlight the cultural values of indigenous peoples and safeguard and protect the right of indigenous peoples to media. Thus the radio station will also work with voice actors and indigenous language teachers to broadcast content in all 16 of Taiwan's indigenous languages.
"Alian" means "good friends" in the Paiwan tribe's language. The Foundation said, it hopes that the radio station will become "good friends" with the Taiwanese people, spur conversations about indigenous issues and further promote the diverse culture of Taiwan's indigenous population.
The station is expected to reach more than 90 percent of the indigenous villages in the country and over 70 percent of the indigenous population. The Foundation currently has a TV channel, Taiwan Indigenous TV, which started to broadcast on Jan. 1, 2014. At the same time, October 14, 2013, that it obtained a television broadcast license, it also obtained a satellite radio license.