New AWR Studio for Albania
Adventist World Radio has completed the installation of the first Seventh-day Adventist radio production studio in Albania, located on the ADRA Albania compound in Tirana.
According to AWR, the project was made possible through a partnership between AWR and the Trans-European Division (TED) of the church: the TED contributed the funds for renovating the space and AWR provided the recording equipment.
Daryl Gungadoo, AWR’s global resource engineer, traveled to Albania to do the installation and conduct training. It is common to encounter technical problems during such installations. One of the particular challenges in Albania was the supply of electricity, which fluctuated between 196 and 290 volts. This problem was solved with the addition of a high-quality uninterruptible power supply.
AWR broadcasts through a variety of media, so local church leaders are able to consult with AWR and choose the best medium for listeners in their area. “In Albania, I noticed that most people listen to local FM radio, rather than shortwave,” Gungadoo said.
“There are dozens of local radio stations, but since people generally view radio as entertainment, most of the stations broadcast music nonstop, with occasional breaks for news flashes. However, Internet growth has been exponential, rising from 0.1% of the population in 2000 to 43% in 2010. Facebook is very popular among the youth, and smartphones are becoming more common.”