World Radio Switzerland: a radio station in danger
In Geneva, a Tower of Babel where multilingualism is not and has not been for a long time merely an empty wish, World Radio Switzerland (WRS) has been broadcasting in English since 1996.
The station offers its listeners an easy and active approach to local life and at the same time allows the non-English speaking listeners to hear the musicality of the language, to absorb it little by little. Many different partners, cultural, economic, Diplomatic or language teachers at the UN are faithful listeners to this radio station with its unique style and programming.
The station’s voice, though small, is not only necessary it is indispensable to maintain the link that promotes a spirit of internationalism despite the difficulties.
In other words, the crisis that is hitting all the media and the competition between the three Anglophone radio stations broadcasting from Geneva should not mean that one of them is shut down forever. Yet this may happen.
Engravings of the Tower of Babel that we see often become a spiral. Downward spirals always entail collateral damage.