Community radio starts on February 19

YOU will all have heard of D Day and also of V Day or, even of V-E day but have you heard of C Day? Well, it is coming. On Saturday, February 19, Kilkenny city and neighbouring townlands – to a distance of eight kilometres from the city centre - will experience community radio in its newest and purest form. Starting at 9am on that Saturday and for every Saturday and Sunday for the next 15 weekends, ‘Community Radio Kilkenny City’ will beam out over the airwaves - thus C Day.

YOU will all have heard of D Day and also of V Day or, even of V-E day but have you heard of C Day? Well, it is coming. On Saturday, February 19, Kilkenny city and neighbouring townlands – to a distance of eight kilometres from the city centre - will experience community radio in its newest and purest form. Starting at 9am on that Saturday and for every Saturday and Sunday for the next 15 weekends, ‘Community Radio Kilkenny City’ will beam out over the airwaves - thus C Day.

This will be community radio at its best; ‘radio of the people, by the people, for the people’. This new station will reach out to all the diverse groups which make up the community which is Kilkenny city and outlying areas. It will provide a forum for these groups to ‘air’ their voices and celebrate their successes.

Each Saturday and Sunday, from 9am until 10pm, you will have the chance to listen and share in this new and exciting venture. This will be, at last, the realisation of a dream of a great man, sadly no longer with us. When Fr. Gerry Joyce recognised, back in the late seventies, that community could be helped to grow by making ‘radio of the people, by the people and for the people’ many people thought him to be, at best, eccentric. And that was, if one is truly honest, the most polite description applied to this man of vision! He would be so proud to be here, at this time, to be part of this new ‘voice’ for the diverse community which is Kilkenny city today.

People are being offered a practical opportunity to be part of this new venture. Apart from being able to participate in the programmes on offer, there will be the possibility to sponsor part or all of a programme over this fifteen period. The funding for community radio may not come from advertising but half of the funding required can be raised from sponsorship. More funding can be acquired from donations so the people of Kilkenny city and environs can donate money and become a ‘Friend of Community Radio Kilkenny City’.

At a time of deep gloom in the country at large, this new community radio is a gleam of hope to Kilkenny and a reminder that combined effort can bring about positive results. As the Chairman of the new community radio, Cathal Cullen, stated ‘Kilkenny has always been proud of what it has to offer; now it has the medium to express this pride and belief in itself’.