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An initiative was recently (2015) floated by a small group of people at a Community Council meeting to start a Kinvara Community Radio station. The idea is 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 for Europe below:

 

The Community Radio Charter for Europe


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.


Community radio stations:
1. promote the right to communicate, assist the free flow of information and opinions, encourage creative expression and contribute to the democratic process and a pluralist society;


2. provide access to training, production and distribution facilities; encourage local creative talent and foster local traditions; and provide programmes for the benefit, entertainment, education and development of their listeners;


3. seek to have their ownership representative of local geographically recognisable communities or of communities of common interest;


4. are editorially independent of government, commercial and religious institutions and political parties in determining their programme policy;


5. provide a right of access to minority and marginalised groups and promote and protect cultural and linguistic diversity;


6. seek to honestly inform their listeners on the basis of information drawn from a diversity of sources and provide a right of reply to any person or organisation subject to serious misrepresentation;


7. are established as organisations which are not run with a view to profit and ensure their independence by being financed from a variety of sources;


8. recognise and respect the contribution of volunteers, recognise the right of paid workers to join trade unions and provide satisfactory working conditions for both;


9. operate management, programming and employment practices which oppose discriminations and which are open and accountable to all supporters, staff and volunteers;


10. foster exchange between community radio broadcasters using communications to develop greater understanding in support of peace, tolerance, democracy and development.


Adopted on 18 September 1994 in Ljubljana, Slovenia at the first AMARC Pan-European Conference of Community Radio Broadcasters

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