Padre Melo is a 57-year-old Jesuit priest with a background in philosophy and theology, working as a journalist and human rights defender. He plays a central role in two important human rights organizations: Radio Progreso and Equipo de Reflexión, Investigación y Comunicación (ERIC). He also founded the Honduran edition of the regional journal Envío and the Honduran journal A Mecate Corto, both of which analyze current social problems. Through his use of radio, his writings, and in his work as a priest, Padre Melo has become an important public advocate of democracy, freedom of expression and human rights in Honduras.
The radio station gives a voice to human rights activists, trade unions, small farmers and organizations that rarely have access to the private and national media. It criticizes the way in which democracy is practiced in Honduras, the corruption and other crimes executed with impunity by people in positions of authority, and policies that threaten natural resources and indigenous land rights. The station strongly criticized the military coup against Zelaya in 2009, following which it was occupied by the military and temporarily closed down.