Momentum is growing for the establishment of Kiama Community Radio as a way of bringing people together with shared experiences during this time of isolation.
While an internet radio channel is still being considered, there may be an opportunity to fill a temporary slot on Wollongong’s VOX FM.
“This looks like a great way to get on air quickly,” says Madeleine Scarfe, a member of the foundation committee.
“We are looking at just one hour a week to start with, but expect it to grow from there.
“Kiama Katchup will be for the people of Kiama, by the people of Kiama.”
There are plenty of ideas for content, including showcasing the work of local musicians and writers.
Other ideas include story telling competitions, shout-outs for birthdays and other anniversaries, gardening advice, and talkback.
“To make it work, it needs to be entertaining and professionally put together,” says Madeleine.
They have already had offers of support from people – such as Rod Cork who many will know as a Vox FM presenter, and from organisations such as the Kiama Community College and Kiama Council – but more help is needed.
“In particular, we are looking for a programming director and technical advisers, as well as someone who can help with the legalities.
“We also need people who can help with publicity, marketing and fundraising.”
Another member of the foundation committee, Graeme Gherashe, is hopeful of getting some arts grant funding for the project.
“This is a great opportunity for providing work for local members of the arts community, many of whom have lost their way of making a living.”
These include local comedian Diana McLaren, who has been one of the driving forces behind the monthly She’ll Be Right and other cabarets at Port Kembla.
“Diana has experience in radio presentation and production, and it is professionalism like this that we have to tap into,” he says.
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