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Afghan Radio Broadcasters

Sherbahadar Himmat

"I want to thank Thunderbird from the bottom of my heart. I am very impressed with their management style and appreciate it."

–Sherbahadar Himmat
Afghan Media Management Program Participant

Afghan radio stations operate in a new era of broadcast freedom following the entry of coalition forces in the country. To learn how to adjust to the new environment, a group of nine radio owners and directors came to the United States in September 2011. The group spent one week as guests of the American Councils for International Education in Washington, D.C., where they toured NPR, America Abroad Media and other radio outlets.

They then came to Thunderbird’s campus in Glendale, Arizona, for one week of business and media training in partnership with Arizona State University. They learned best practices in business from some of Thunderbird's leading faculty in marketing, negotiations and diplomacy, accounting, and new media marketing. The Afghan participants ended their U.S. tour in New York, where they visited Columbia School of Journalism, Freedom House and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Each of these remarkable entrepreneurs has returned to Afghanistan to improve and grow their businesses, many of them expanding employment opportunities and providing an invaluable service to their communities.