‘Radio You Can See’ is the name of a local radio piece which was entered in a competition recently – and won.
The competition was organised by Craol, the national body for community radio stations throughout Ireland, and the winning entry in the Social Benefit category was the work of Tony Coy and Liz Kett, two voluntary presenters in Community Radio Kilkenny City.
The results of the competition were announced on Saturday night during the Craol Community Radio Féile in Athlone. The two missed the prize giving because they were on their way back to Kilkenny to present their weekly radio show on Community Radio Kilkenny City – ‘Your community – Your group.’ This show is a forum for groups and organisations which allows them to showcase their activities to the wider community.
Last year, Tony and Liz were the first people in Kilkenny, and possibly in Ireland, to enable the deaf community in Kilkenny to participate in ‘live’ radio. The show was so successful that the deaf community now have their own regular slot on Community Radio Kilkenny City.
Tony, the local administrator of the Wheelchair Association, and Liz, a secondary school teacher, are adamant that their success with this show and the subsequent recognition from Craol, is due to the fantastic teamwork within the local community radio station.
“Without Mark Collins and Lewis Redmond and all the lads in the radio, this could not have happened,” the two volunteers enthused. They were equally anxious to acknowledge the huge contribution of Mary Dermody, the sign-language interpreter who, in a completely voluntary capacity, was the vital link in this successful broadcast.
The success of ‘Radio You Can See’ is an enormous boost to the 60-plus volunteers of Community Radio Kilkenny City as they continue in their efforts to provide community radio to the people of Kilkenny city and environs. This award is an acknowledgement of the enthusiasm, effort and innovative spirit of the many people who continue, year after year, to work towards enabling local people to have their own voice and ensure that the community of Kilkenny city continues to thrive and be unique.