An American Makes Radio In South Korea

Posted: Jun 21 2016, 7:24am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 21 2016, 7:44am CDT, in News | Also on the Geek Mind

An American Makes Radio In South Korea
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Chance Dorland went to Korea in 2013 and discovered that there wasn't a lot of English broadcast media thanks to the censorship in the area. He saw a chance and took it, launching Korea FM, something that would turn into his own empire.

"Korea FM was my way of giving myself an outlet to do reporting and have discussions on topics that I probably could do as a reporter or broadcaster in America but often cannot do here in South Korea," he told The Korea Times. "And truthfully, I also wanted to show that one person can do a better job than even some of the biggest Korean media entities by just telling the truth and not being afraid," he then added.

He started out with an online podcast platform after receiving some help from friends. He streamed Korean indie music and several "Korea FM Talk Radio & News Podcasts" per week. He brings many different people to the podcast to discuss current events, including some controversial political reporters, life and culture writers, and even local celebrities.

Dorland said that they've hit about 500,000 downloads and streams, making them one of the top non-education English podcasts. He has over 150 episodes so far and they are free, but there is a donation site to keep him going:

"All this has been accomplished with me doing this in my spare time with the help of some other people here and there," said Dorland, "so I'm very optimistic that with more resources, Korea FM could grow its audience and cover even more important stories and topics that otherwise might be censored or ignored."

He hopes that there are people who will follow him and make podcasts of their own to share with the rest of the world.

"Anyone can start a podcast," he said. "That doesn't mean your podcast will be good or is even worth listening to, but you can still be genuine."

Visit or to get a taste of what he has to offer.

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