By Cpl. Sbastien Pisani
First published in
SFOR Informer#106, February 7, 2001
Banja Luka - The voice is young and dynamic. The
national and international current events are flying by in three
The news bulletin in the local language scarcely ended, and an
English pop song filled the airwaves before changing over to the
jerky rhythm of an American rap number.
main target is the youth between 15 and 25 years old. We are only
broadcasting Anglo-Saxon music and we are putting the accent on
talk show," said Julijana Bunic, in charge of Oksigen (Oxygen)
radio program planning. Eight local civilians and two SFOR soldiers
are devoting themselves to Oksigen, an original element on the
The radio show was only in the Banja Luka area in 1999, but it
has quickly evolved under Capt. David Bailex's leadership and
today it covers 90% of the MND-SW.
are perfectly operational. We are broadcasting, during the week,
18 hours of daily programs in Republika Srpska like in the Federation,"
said Cpl. Andrew Milliken from the Royal Electrical Mechanical
Some long-time segments remain for the listeners. Every evening,
a host answers to youths descending from different communities.
Bailex takes on Wednesday and Sunday shows; Malic Dragan keeps
the dialogue all the other days of the week.
lot of teenagers are asking questions about the future of their
country. We are trying to put their minds at ease and to give
them a message of hope," Bunic said. More than its lively
and stirring music, Oksigen has a safety mission. Shock messages
are evenly broadcasted to make the young audience sensitive to
road safety and mine risks.
the articles in the free newsmagazine, Mostovi (bridge in local
language), the concern is identical. The 35,000 copies of this
publication are distributed in MND-SW with SFOR patrols, and they
are intended for 20- to 30-year-old readers.
"In 1996, the magazine had only four pages. Mostovi today
has 12 pages on glazed paper and a resolutely federating tone,"
said Capt. Theo Van de Krol, from Banjaluka Psy Ops department.
News, tests or portraits of international stars are produced by
Capt. Rob Saunders's small team.
the distraction of reading, people are informed in their native
language of actions on the BiH territory. "We are not the
newspaper of an entity, that's the reason why Mostovi is accepted
and read by everybody," Van de Krol said.
(FM): Kozara : 104.9 Banja
Luka : 89.6
Travnik : 105.4
Bugojno : 99.8 Ivovik : 96.4
Awareness campaigns are also very important. One
insert urged people to return weapons because in winter the kids
are playing more at home. "Do you prefer to see your kid
playing with a teddy bear or a gun?" This question cannot
leave the reader of this magazine indifferent. The magazine cover
shows the "radio Oksigen" logo.
Both mediums are seeking after the same aim: to teach living together
to people again.
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