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In 2015 an initiative was  floated by a small group of people at a Community Council meeting to start a Kinvara Community Radio station. The idea - to set up a studio capable of streaming live radio on the internet and also to broadcast on FM to a local area of 5 km radius, the legal maximum for community radio. The right to transmit via FM is licensed and requires more equipment. So this is a slightly longer process. However, getting the basic equipment in place (microphones, computer, sound desk, etc.) is the only thing necessary for streaming.

The Kinvara community seems ideal as a location for this kind of media project. There are many interesting people, artists, musicians, sports enthusiasts, business people, and activists of all sorts. And there is a wider Kinvara community around the world who would be able to tune in on the internet and keep up with their home. It is a chance to have very local news presented, as well as local connections to national and international news events. Many are the possibilities, and the roles of presenters, writers, technicians, news researchers, and much more, will be open to any community member, as this endeavour will always be volunteer powered to a large if not total degree.

The ethos of Community Radio is well expressed in the Community Radio Charter:
"Recognising that community radio is an ideal means of fostering freedom of expression and information, the development of culture, the freedom of form and confront opinions and active participation in local life; noting that different cultures and traditions lead to diversity of forms of community radio; this Charter identifies objectives which community radio stations share and should strive to achieve."

Since the idea was mooted, several workshops took place with local groups invited to send a representative. Kinvara Area Music was invited and Eilish O'Connor, Martin Ryan, and Frank Hall  all attended.

The basic training in operating a sound desk, organising programming, tweaking microphones, and so forth, brought home to the participants the accessibility of radio to anyone with an interest in presenting or supporting the effort.

The Kinvara community is ideal as a location for this kind of media project.

There are many interesting people, artists, musicians, sports enthusiasts, business and professional people, and activists of all sorts.

And there is a wider Kinvara community around the world who would be able to tune in on the internet and keep up with their home. It is a chance to have very local news presented, as well as local connections to national and international news events.

Many are the possibilities, and the roles of presenters, writers, technicians, news researchers, and much more, will be open to any community member, as this endeavour will always be volunteer powered to a large if not total degree.

 

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