Radio Student was founded on 9 May 1969. It is a non-profitable, urban community (culturally & socially differentiated) radio-station whose primary objective is to promote the interests of social and cultural minorities as well as the interests of the student community. And by paying attention to more complex and generally discriminated topics it also educates its own listeners.
Since its very beginnings, Radio Student has promoted values such as: tolerance, respect for differences, freedom, truth, solidarity, consistent asserting of human rights, etc. The promotion of the above mentioned values is carried out at two levels: the educational, through the program (the double role of education – of authors as well as target group) and at the practical level, where Radio Student’s position of difference functions as a mirror to the Slovene society. In this mirror the society can check to what extent it is ready to accept such proclaimed values in reality. The basic principle of RADIO STUDENT’s editorial policy is to present items of information, art forms and music overlooked or deliberately neglected by other media.
With respect to its musical concept, RADIO STUDENT is basically an ‘indie’ music radio station, which does not conform to multinational music industry dictatorship. The following non-conformist musical genres: hard-core, techno, reggae & rap, blues, jazz, ethno and contemporary “classical” music are presented in detail.
RADIO STUDENT maintains the same non-conformist approach in relation to socio-political issues. The primary guidance of Radio Student’s programme policy is to create a programme which does not confirm to the average taste, but rather tries to enlarge the complexity of its listeners by presenting serious themes in all the fields of creative expression. In its mission, Radio Student follows the principle of autonomy by keeping a critical distance towards all sources of power (political, ideological, religious, financial, etc.) thus promoting human rights of individuals and groups in their struggle with alienated and bureaucratic institutions. Radio Student covers, organizes and implements events related to the civil society, state and politics, culture, music, the humanities, the University and activities of the Student Organisation.
General introduction to the “Long 90′” in Slovenia.
Main historic interest (in the frame of Grundtvig project) is, in the case of Radio Študent, directed to the »90’s«, to the »long 90’s« (as they called them), to the era between 1987 – 2003. This time is just enough behind us that we can call it history (and not contemporaneity). This is also the time that some call »the end of history«. However, the process of the historisation of the 90’s is not yet finished. At least in the Slovenian national context, the years between 1960 and 1990 are well archived and many historic books, articles and documentaries were done about those times. The 60’s are mitologizied because of the student rebelion movement, sexual revolution and many novelties in the world of theory, literature and art. The 80’s are famous because of its specific very vivid alternative and civil society scene that performed radical freedom of speech, which in the end (among other causes) led to the end of the socialistic regime and the transition into the independent state of Slovenia.
The 90’s are often presented as the begining of the present time, as the era of the increase of capitalism, pop-culture and nationalism. At first glance, it may seem that in those times nothing really interesting happend. 90’s are therefore a time in the passage, they are a name for the archive, which is not closed yet. They are somehow in a specific position between the present and the past. The trend of archiving of the 90’s is a new trend on the political and also art scene in Slovenia. In the series of broadcasts Radio Študent tries to mould a bits of »feelings« of the 90’s, because it is imposible to present »the big picture«. They are not trying to make out of the 90’s another mitologic, big (hi)story, but to present some of the huge number of the small, particular stories, which may, in a way which is not known from the prespective of our present, merge in a more general picture somewhere in the future.
Because the main theme of the Grundtvig project is oral history, Radio Študent also tries to present different perspectives on different themes from the people who were directly involved in the happening. Because of the relative time-nearness, people still remember things quite well. It is more problematic to choose the right theme, to find the right people, to pose the right question. The main problem is not that there would not be enough information, but that there is too many of them. In this context 6 radio broadcasts were produced and aired on Radio Študent from April 2014 to June 2015.