Every day, between noon and 2 pm and then again from 5pm to 7 pm, several thousand people tune in to Radio Manipal, the first community radio in Udupi district.
Launched in September 2008, the studio and 50 Watt transmitter housed in the School of Communication, Manipal Academy of Higher Education campus reaches an estimated 165,000 people in Manipal, Udupi and nearby villages like Shivalli, Alevooru, Perampally, Badagabettu Ambalapady, Kalyanapura, Udyavara, and Kukkehally.
The main objective of Radio Manipal is to promote participation of local people in the development of their area, and to give them a platform to air their views. Broadcast in Kannada, Tulu and Konkani, the station airs phone-in interactive programs, interviews, talks and discussions on health, education, agriculture, fishing and local events aimed at empowering the community.
Manipal Academy of Higher Education provides the studio and other equipment, apart from digital field recorders and regular training programs for students and community volunteers for content generation.