GOSHEN — A community-funded bilingual radio station is working to build community by reaching out to potential listeners who may have a wide variety of interests and backgrounds.
The idea for Radio Horizonte, which organizers started discussing around 2005, was to give young people something to listen to, learn from and take part in. But the station, which became reality in 2015, also aims to unite various parts of the community.
“We want to bring it together, not just for Hispanics but for the Anglo community and black African-American community. We want to be like a bridge so all of us can mix together,” said Jose Pichinte, who is one of the volunteers behind Radio Horizonte.
Radio Horizonte volunteers are the lifeblood of the not-for-profit station, which makes its home in the basement of Centier Bank on Lincoln Highway.
The station features hosts who speak Spanish, English or both in their programs, and that’s part of what makes 104.3 FM a special frequency.
“You can relate to changing the dial into English or changing to another radio station that’s Spanish, but you never see a radio station that has both together, and so you can actually relate to this radio station,” said Taide Galvez, another volunteer at the station.