Radio fans in Kilkenny City have been delighted with the new radio station in the city - Community Radio Kilkenny City at 88.7FM and online (radiokilkenny.ie). The station has been broadcasting with the help of over 70 volunteers from May 12 to August 26. It has been a great success for all concerned with around 20 shows broadcast over Saturdays and Sundays from its base in the Hebron Industrial Estate in Kilkenny.
Listeners have been delighted with the diverse range of shows on offer - what other station offers you everything from Bollywood to Classical music to Spanish lessons to pop to country? The station has made sure that there has been something for everyone with weekly slots for interviewing local people about their fascinating life stories. Teenagers haven’t been forgotten with the programme “The Pod” being fronted by DJs between 13 and 15 years of age.
The station has been a great opportunity for anyone interested in gaining some media experience both front of house and behind the scenes. Volunteers have been delighted with the news announced this week that they can now participate in a FETAC Level 5 radio programme production course at the station over the next few months where they will gain all the experience they need to be able to produce their own shows.
The other piece of news released this week from the station is that they have applied to the Broadcasting Authority for a licence for 70 days. If successful in their application, they will then broadcast three days a week instead of two, adding Fridays to their schedule. This is great news for anyone else interested in getting involved in the station as more volunteers will be required. If interested in the programme production course or volunteering at the station, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form. No prior experience is necessary.
The station is a great example of community spirit in action and the volunteers are to be congratulated for their tremendous efforts. The current series of programmes has come to an end but we wish the station every success in their licence renewal application.