Álvaro Fernandes told Lusa that the idea of creating Rádio Play Digital, available at https://radioplaydigital.com/, came from the perception that there is a lack of 'podcasts' in Portuguese-speaking Africa.
"We realized, for example, that if you enter the 'site' of Rádio Nacional de Angola or the 'site' of Rádio Nacional de Cabo Verde, you cannot listen to their programs again," he exemplified.
The platform works as an aggregator, which brings together these radios that exist in FM and 'online', but also 'podcasts' that do not have any associated radio, promoting them and allowing them to be heard from anywhere in the world and as often as possible. required.
"Today there are several platforms, but they are foreign and have costs. We have no costs, [users] can listen as many times as they want without paying anything," said Álvaro Fernandes.
The co-founder, who is Angolan and studied Organizational Communication in Portugal, said that the project, in addition to promoting radios, was also designed for communication students, who have a vast amount of information there.
"Imagine that someone is doing a thesis on types of journalistic interviews. With this platform you can listen, for example, to authors who do radio interviews and do an analysis of those interviews", he explained.
With more than 40 podcasts and 11 radios already available, most of them Angolan, but also foreign, including a radio in Portuguese broadcasted from London, Rádio Play Digital focuses mainly on information, namely news, interviews and debates.
"We are still negotiating with Angolan radio stations and we also leave an appeal here" to radio stations in other Portuguese-speaking African countries, Cape Verde, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and Guinea-Bissau, which can join at no cost.
Communication students can also create a profile for free and publicize their work through the platform, said Álvaro Fernandes.