To give an idea of what Rural radio are a brief paragraph extracted from “Waves for Freedom” – Report on the Sixth World Conference of Community Radio Broadcasters.
Dakar, Senegal, January 23-39, 1995
Community radio, rural radio, cooperative radio, participatory radio, free radio, alternative, popular, educational radio. If the radio stations, networks and production groups that make up the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters refer to themselves by a variety of names, then their practices and profiles are even ore varied. Some are musical, some militant and some mix music and militancy.
They are located in isolated rural villages and in the heart of the largest cities in the world. Their signals may reach only a kilometer, cover a whole country or be carried via shortwave to other parts of the world. Some stations are owned by not-for-profit groups or by cooperatives whose members are the listeners themselves.
Others are owned by students, universities, municipalities, churches or trade unions. There are stations financed by donations from listeners, by international development agencies, by advertising and by governments.
More definitions on the AMARC web site
More details and information in general about Rural radios for development in the FAO website on Rural radios.