A huge percentage of community radio projects end up in failure. Closer examination reveals a certain pattern, behind the failure. In other words, there are certain common factors that tend to cause community radio projects to fail.
Lack of money
Many community radio projects fail due to lack of money. It takes a considerable amount of money, to keep a radio station on air. Many of the people who launch community radio stations tend to underestimate the required financial input. But reality soon hits them hard, and they are forced to take the radio stations off air. You realize that is very hard to sustain a community radio station using donations. Most of the community members are, after all, likely to be people of modest financial means. The typical community member may, for instance, be a fellow who works (for a modest paycheck) in the Mypepsico customer service department. So, right there, you would be looking at a community member who is only able to earn money by visiting the Mypepsico login portal, signing in and receiving the modest paycheck via direct deposit. Whereas such a person may be inclined to finance the initial setting up of a community radio station, it becomes very hard for him to sustain the project through donations. He expects the project to be self-sustaining, after some grace period.
Lack of interest from community members
You find that in many places, people have access to the mainstream (commercial and public) radio stations. They therefore don’t see why they should expend money on the establishment of community radio stations, for they are already spoilt for choice.
We also have other community radio stations that fail due to poor management. Managing a radio station turns out not to be as easy as it looks. There are cases where the management failure is on the broadcast side of things. So this is where you find folks who are unable to run the station well enough to attract a good enough audience. Then there are other cases where the management failure is on the logistics side of things. Due to this, the radio stations are unable to retain presenters, or to remain financially afloat. Either way, the end result is the failure of the community radio station projects.