Overview

Yes I can!

It started with a few boxes for eggs. Then Telekom helped and funded the project with the „Ich kann was!“ initiative. Today, comX radio is on-air around the clock.

T hey set the tempo for the district: the kids and youth of comX Internet radio. This radio station has been broadcasting live from Berlin's "Märkisches Viertel" district since 2010. Isabelle Ghesquier has been going in and out of the comX youth center since she was six years old. "There just isn't anything else in the Märkisches Viertel," explains the now 23-year old student. "Either you're in the playground playing between the bits of broken glass, or you go to a center where everything has been made nice for you." For Isabelle it was a complete no-brainer: Of course comX and above all, the radio.

An idea is born

The idea of a radio station started in 2009. The whole thing was engineered back then by the former comX leader Filippo Smaldino-Stattaus and staff member Marc Voigt. "We were looking for possible funding, and we stumbled on the Deutsche Telekom initiative," recalls Isabelle. "We put our heads together to decide what we were working on and where we could use more support". comX already had a studio. But it comprised egg boxes and an aging computer. "We thought, we can make more of this. But we need a project that will be fun for everyone." And so the idea of an Internet radio station was born.

  • More than

    50.000

    chidren and young people reached

  • Maximum

    10.000

    Euros of support per project

  • Almost

    4

    million Euros paid out in grants

  • More than

    700

    individual projects sponsored across Germany

  • More than

    900

    applications per year

For months, nothing happened at all. Then finally we had an answer: Deutsche Telekom will sponsor the project with a fat 15,000 euros. "We just couldn't believe it," remembers Isabelle. "Now we'll get real technology. And above all, we can do it just like we had imagined it".

From egg boxes to a studio

The first thing was to clear out the rooms completely and invest in technology – because without that nothing would have worked. The renovations took about three months. "Then, when everything was finally finished, we were just really happy and proud," beams Isabelle.

Isabelle Ghesquier

comX already had a studio. But it was comprised only of egg boxes and an aging computer

Isabelle Ghesquier

Radio host at comX Radio

In the beginning, everyone could have a go on the microphone. No one was excluded. The first big project started in winter: The Berlin radio station KISS FM became sponsor for the Internet radio station and showed the young broadcasters how to make good radio. Since then, they have been on air round the clock, with live daily programs and automated playlists.

Grab that mic

Isabelle had her own show too, "Best of Isi." "To begin with it seemed a bit weird, sitting there all alone in a room, talking into the microphone. But then all of a sudden, friends are writing to you that they are listening and are requesting tunes. It's totally mad." The station even has listeners in the United States and Turkey. For an international program, friends and relatives in Turkey even set up loud speakers on the street so that everyone in the village could listen to the program.

Live recording

comX-Radio

Listen to the broadcast from 14.07.2014

Today, Isabelle is doing Islamic studies. "Radio is still a dream job for me. Without comX, I probably never would have thought that radio could actually be an option for me." Even though she's still not completely sure what she wants to do for a career – one thing is certain: Yes, she can!