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Investigating the Role Played By Mdantsane FM in Shaping Audience Perceptions about the LGBTI Community in Mdantsane Township, East London
The aim of this research paper is to evaluate the effectiveness of a particular local community radio station in addressing misrepresentations of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI+) community. The radio station is situated in the township of Mdantsane approximately 25 km from East London’s city centre. Community radio stations are regarded as pillar stones of society due to the fact that they are the voices of the communities within which they operate. In addition, radio stations have the duty to represent interests of all members of the communities they serve including those of the LGBTI people. This research therefore, seeks to find out what role (if any) does Mdantsane FM play in fulfilling this mandate? While in addition it seeks to investigate whether or not the station has a potential of shaping audiences’ perceptions about the queer community.
Simo Cele and Mncedi Eddie Magade
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