By mid-June, Kiama is set to have an embryonic version of its own community radio station, KCR.
Initially, a weekly hour long show will be broadcast over the internet, via a dedicated website. Over time, more audio content will be accessible via podcasts, webcasts and possibly over other channels.
The new service will be the first of its kind dedicated to communities in the Kiama region.
“The idea for KCR came about when we were all suddenly told to stay home, and all the ways we usually connect to each other were taken away from us, particularly for the older generations within our community,” says Graeme Gherashe, a founding committee member.
“There’s a lot of global information available right now, but nothing that is specific to our own backyard.
“We are hoping that this new service will reignite our community spirit by sharing positive news stories and local information.
“Our local artists in particular are wasted sitting at home by themselves; we want them to continue their craft and keep us all entertained with their music, stories and projects.”
KCR’s launch format will include interviews with local artists, musicians, writers and performers; information on which local businesses are currently operating; local news; Kiama history; and fun content for kids and families.
The station’s inaugural host will be local comedian and actress, Diana McLaren.
The station is currently looking for anyone with production and technical radio experience, both in front of the mic and behind the scenes, and an IT Manager.
The community-based organisation is also looking for donations from individuals or sponsorships from businesses to help with the initial costs. Carter Ferguson has already stepped up to provide legal advice.
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