THE Broadcasting Authority of Ireland have issued a 70 day licence to Community Radio Kilkenny City (“CRKC”). The station last broadcast at 88.7FM and online (radiokilkenny.ie) from May to August this year. The station will start broadcasting again this Friday and will be on air every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until April of next year.
The station is a community project broadcasting with the help of over 70 volunteers and is run from its base in the Hebron Industrial Estate in Kilkenny. The station has been a great opportunity for anyone interested in gaining some media experience both front of house and behind the scenes. In fact several of the volunteers have been participating in a FETAC Level 5 radio programme production course at the station over the last few months where they have gained all the experience they need to be able to produce their own shows.
However as the station is now on air for a third day each week, it needs more volunteers. This is great news for anyone else interested in getting involved in the station as no prior radio experience is necessary. If you fancy yourself as the next Ryan Tubridy or Marian Finucane, email the station at email@example.com to get an application form and get your media career started! Volunteers are aged from 18 to 80 and the station welcomes all applications.
For those of you who may not want to be the king/queen of the airwaves, you can still help out the station and be involved in a great community project by becoming a shareholder of the station. Shares can be purchased for less than €15 per share. Shareholders are eligible to be elected members of the Board of Management or the Broadcasting or Membership committees of the community radio. To be elected, they must first be nominated by a member of one of the six constituent groups within the radio co-operative - general public, voluntary presenters, voluntary organisations, commercial interests, statutory bodies or the Churches. Notice of nomination should be given to the Secretary of the Board of Management ‘ not less than five clear days’ before the AGM which will be held before the end of January 2013. Elections to these positions will then be held at the AGM. Notices for this AGM will appear in the local press and on CRKC some weeks before the date of the meeting. The station is a great example of community spirit in action and everyone involved should be congratulated for their tremendous efforts.