Kilkenny city and surrounding area is to get its own new, unique voice with the stting up community radio station within a few weeks for a limited period.
This was the good news shared by local community radio co-op Chairman, Cathal Cullen, at a well-attended meeting in the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny last Tuesday night.
Mr Cullen told the meeting that the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has given permission to broadcast for a limited period within the confines of Kilkenny city and an eight kilometre radius of the city. This permission would be formally granted when the appropriate contract had been signed and the word 'city' had been included in the name of the community radio.
The meeting was told that the proposed broadcast date was Saturday, February 19 but this would only be confirmed when the frequency for this new service was communicated by the BAI. It is proposed that Community Radio Kilkenny City would be available every Saturday and Sunday from 9am until 10pm and would 'run' for a period of 15 weeks.
The emphasis within Community Radio Kilkenny City would be on diversity and inclusion. It was intended that the new station would be available to all sections of the local community and would be the 'voice' of all groups and individuals within the local area. The aim would be to provide an alternative to the other media available in the area and its purpose is to develop and sustain genuine community awareness.
All the presenters would be voluntary and it is hoped that many of the younger people present at the meeting last week would avail of the opportunity to develop their skills and promote the community in which they live.
Fifty percent of the funding required to run this new community service would be sought from sponsorship and it is hoped that many local businesses and individuals will contribute to this newest attempt to promote real community involvement within Kilkenny city and environs.
"Community Radio Kilkenny City is new, different and the fulfilment of a dream to provide Kilkenny city and adjacent areas with its own unique voice. We can, and must make it a success," Mr Cullen said.