We used on-site interviews and roundtable conversations with practitioners to uncover original evidence of ways in which two variant South African communities activated citizens’ involvement in radio co-production of content. We found dual analytical filters in state control of radio during two colonialisms and via contemporary policy regimes rooted in conceptualizations of participatory communication. Evidence of citizen-owners’ reversal of state’s radiophonic capabilities for repression and marginalization of voices added to literature on community radio in South Africa. Findings included policy and theoretical implications plus recommendations for the reformation of the African radio sector.
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