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The idea of Radioteca started in June 2004, at the II “Foro Social de las Americas” (Social Forum of the Americas). Some of the topics addressed in this event are: human rights, peace, poverty, hunger, corruption, democracy, indigenous people rights, social initiative 1. In this forum, a group of radio producers met at CIESPAL -Centro International de Estudios Superiores de Comunicacion para America Latina (International Center for Higher Communication Studies for Latin America). One of the projects proposed during this event was a digital platform where people could share audios. In 2005, UNESCO held a reunion in Guadalajara to talk about successful communication experiences in Latin America and Caribbean. Was until 2006, that Radioteca was launched, being UNESCO a great contributor to the project.

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Radioteca is a digital platform designed to share and exchange radio productions in order to enrich each other. It is build by hundreds of stations, centers, networks, of Latin America and the world. All the audios are license “free” , meaning that it's possible to download, transmit and remix (following certain conditions, such as maintaining the author or who paid the publicity).


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Radioteca has a Welcome page that includes:


  • Welcome
  • About Us
  • Audios
  • Calendar
  • Directory
  • Training
  • Help
  • Contact

Research engine:helps to find audio in the library (which includes more than 73,000 audios)

Audios catalog, classified by:

  • Topics-Category
  • By Special dates
  • By Format
  • By language

A directory classified by:

  • Types of media
  • Media by country


  • Books and manuals category


The interface is in Spanish, but there's a variety of audios in the following languages:

  • Castilian
  • Quechua
  • Aymara
  • Guarani
  • Maya K'iche
  • Wayuunaiki
  • Mazateco
  • Mixteco
  • Qeqchi
  • Qanjobal
  • Chorti
  • Peqomchi
  • Kriol
  • Tzotzil
  • Tzeltal
  • Kichwa
  • Shuar
  • Waorani
  • Wichi
  • Toba
  • Nahuatl
  • Miskito
  • English
  • French
  • Galician
  • Hebrew
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Yucateca
  • Mam
  • Kaqchikel


Very wide audience, since it contains a great variety of contents.

Mainly for Latin American and Caribean people, given the prevalence of languages.


All audios in Radioteca , indicate the name of the author. (Gago, 2013, p. 255)

Although this platform is based in "shared rights", meaning that it's possible to download, copy and broadcast the audios that are available in Radioteca , each audio has a specific license and its own terms and conditions of use. In order to enter to the license and conditions of use of each audio, the user should click on the audio, then click on the "Comments" Icon and then click on "Read license". As shown below:

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It is stated in Radioteca that all audios should respect "the credits" (the final line that recognizes the author of the audio), they should never be deleted or modified.



  • Downloading audios from the platform (for free).
  • Doesn’t require any special software to download the audio.
  • Users can listen to audios directly from Radioteca in their personal web page or blog. (Gago, 2013, p. 237)
  • Before 2020 it was possible to upload and save audios in Radioteca.
  • Streaming was possible at a very low cost (Gago, 2013, p. 252) (not available anymore).


  • It's banned to upload "partisan political publicity or religious proselytism " (Gago, 2013, p. 256).
  • Contents should respect "human rights, cultural diversity and culture of peace "(Gago, 2013, p. 256).
  • Contents should "transcend the journalistic situation and very local areas so that they can be used anywhere and at any time" (Gago, 2013, p. 256).
  • Audios should be "clear and be in the following format: mp3, 128 Kbps/44.1 Hz ". (Gago, 2013, p. 256)


  • Collaborative work.


  • Theres no exact data of the origin of the funds for Radioteca, though it mentions some organizations that supported the initiative, such as:

Radialistas Apasionadas y Apasionados UNESCO en Quito CAFOD HIVOS DW-Akademie Codigo Sur Roberto Soto Red de Radios Comunitarias y Software Libre


  • Theres no exact data of why the project in 2020 ran out of funds.
  • Now a Days it's no longer possible to upload audios.
  • There are still available more than 73,000 to listen and download


[1]1 Tiempo, E. (2004, 06 29). El Tiempo. Retrieved from

[2] Gago, S. G. (2013). Manual Para Radialistas Analfatecnicos. La Paz: Ministerio de Communicacion del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia.

RadiotecaRadioteca. (n.d.). Retrieved 10 2021, from

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