Helps Upgrade Mongolian National Radio
and Performance Studies) was involved in a recent effort to help
Mongolian National Radio upgrade its equipment. He was part of a
contingent that delivered and installed eight Pro Tools digital
audio workstations, then trained staff members on how to use them.
Ganzert is pictured with staff members outfitted with NMU apparel
at a "graduation party" that followed the training.
former studios were literally frozen in amber in 1982, which is
when they were first designed by Russians and Hungarians,"
Ganzert said. "A lot has changed in more than 20 years, including
the availability of digital media, so we helped introduce them to
more modern technology that will make their jobs easier and their
product better. We also did some workshops for trainers at the stations
to help them get more out of their staffs and more effectively train
17-day journey to Ulaan Baatar was to complete a project supported
by the United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organization
and the Asia/Pacific Institute for Broadcast Development.
to UNESCO, the goals are to upgrade the scope and range of radio
and television services in Mongolia,
restructure broadcasting operations in the prevailing climate of
economic and social change, and offer training in both modern management
methods and participatory programming techniques. The hope is that
all of these services will help Mongolian radio and television in
the challenging transition from 70 years of government control to
becoming editorially independent, public service broadcasting organizations.
are signs the scope of radio is changing," Ganzert said. "Mongolians
can hear more live programs, listener call-ins, and programs geared
toward young people. There's even a confrontational type of program
where they bring in political people to discuss issues. But they
were forced to cancel that program for a period leading up to the
May elections and until they were over. Despite some steps forward,
it's obvious the government still wields influence over programming
to some degree."
was invited to participate by a former colleague from another institution
who has been affiliated with the UNESCO-AIBD project and previously
analyzed the status of broadcasting in Mongolia.
It was Ganzert's first trip to the country. He has shared stories
and photos from his travels with NMU students.
been able to discuss Mongolian broadcasting in a comparative framework,
both technologically and journalistically. It was a challenging
experience in some respects, but also enriching and rewarding. I
was grateful for the opportunity."