LOCAL radio station KCLR launched a new frequency serving the Graiguenamanagh area at a function in the towns library on Friday. The launch of the new 96.2 frequency was timed to coincide with the Graiguenamanagh Town of Book Festival and the Feile Freaney Traditional music festival. The station broadcast all its programmes from the town throughout the day of the launch.
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan carried out the official launch while local Dail Deputy Ann Phelan a native of the town also spoke at the launch.
KCLR the independent station that recently achieved record breaking listenership figures in the JNLR survey is now available on a wide range of frequencies throughout its franchise area, and as well as 96.2 also broadcasts on 96.0 and 96.6. The station will shortly launch another new frequency for the Borris area in county Carlow.
KCLR Chief Executive John Purcell said that the investment in the new frequency was a tangible sign of the commitment of the broadcasting company to serve the people of the franchise area.
Speaking as he performed the launch Minister Phil Hogan said that the role of local media was of huge importance in maintaining vibrant local communities. He said that KCLR performs a very important public service keeping people informed of a wide range of news and information and plays an important role in the life of communities all over Kilkenny.
Deputy Ann Phelan, who celebrated her birthday on the day of the launch expressed her delight that KCLR had undertaken important upgrading work to its transmitter covering the area which ensures that the station can now be heard “loud and clear” in the area. The large and enthusiastic crowd at the launch which also included Deputy John Paul Phelan and Carlow Deputy Pat Deering joined in a hearty rendition of “Happy Birthday” to an emotional Deputy Phelan. Meanwhile KCLR has scooped 4 shortlisted nominations for the PPI Radio Advertising Awards which take place for the 4th year in a row in Kilkenny in October.
The station’s Ashling Moore has once again been shortlisted in 2 categories for her Arts Show – those of Best Specialist Music Broadcaster and Specialist programme while two plays broadcast by the station; “A Time for Hope and Desperation” and “Hooked” have been shortlisted in the prestigious Radio Drama category.
Commenting on the launch and the stations performance in the awards shortlist KCLR Chief Eexecutive John Purcell said that he is delighted with these two achievements.
”Despite the difficulty of the economic environment and the pressure being faced by many in the sector, KCLR is performing very strongly on all fronts. The launch of our new Graiguenamanagh transmitter is another important development for the station and another great performance in the prestigious radio awards caps a great few months for the station,” he said.