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Ruthenians get new radio station

THE RUTHENIAN minority in Slovakia has its own online radio station, Rusyn FM, which started broadcasting in early December. The station’s output consists of interviews with well-known Ruthenians, information about cultural events, music and more.

THE RUTHENIAN minority in Slovakia has its own online radio station, Rusyn FM, which started broadcasting in early December. The station’s output consists of interviews with well-known Ruthenians, information about cultural events, music and more.

The main aim of the radio station is to spread awareness about Ruthenians and awake in them a deeper interest in their own culture and language.

“The internet radio is from this point of view an excellent communication channel since most people nowadays are on the internet,” Peter Štefaňák, the author of the project and the head of the molody.Rusyny organisation told the TASR newswire.

Štefaňák hopes that the online environment will draw young people with Ruthenian roots who have lost contact with Ruthenian language and culture to the new station. Rusyn FM will also communicate with listeners via social networks.

Rusyn FM’s slogan is “Radio for all Ruthenians”. Apart from Ruthenians in Slovakia the radio team wants to also address Ruthenians living in other countries. Shows are repeated at key times in order to be heard in the US and Canada.

The project is supported by a grant from the Slovak Cabinet Office.

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