The Maoists have been operating an FM radio station in Rukum for the past year. The station is in the Mahat Village Development Committee and it broadcasts for an hour everyday, from 7am-8am. According to Comrade Bishal, a member of the Maoists district committee cell, this has been very useful-as it is not possible for all people to attend all the Maoist meetings, the radio broadcasts all speeches, directives and orders passed by the Maoists. Nowadays most meetings organised by the Maoists are also broadcast live on local FM. Besides this, the FM also broadcasts \'revolutionary' educational and other programs for its armed forces. The station's signals can be received as far as a full day's walk away. The station does not have a permanent transmission tower, all components are indigenous and Maoist cadres are responsible for its proper functioning.