Kiama Community Radio (KCR), has launched with an hour long pilot, available to listen to and download now from its website.
The new service is the first of its kind dedicated entirely to communities in the Kiama area. It launched off the back of the COVID 19 crisis in a bid to reconnect the local community at a time when many are feeling disconnected.
The pilot features local music and interviews with drummer Dom Littrich from alt-rock band Pacific Avenue; local historian Mark Whalan; and musician and manger of the Kiama Makers & Growers Markets, Claire Roberts.
The show is co-hosted by local comedian and actress, Diana McLaren and founding committee member, Graeme Gherashe.
“Following months of hard work, we’re thrilled to put this pilot to air and finally give something back to our local community that has been struggling for such a long time,” says Graeme.
“We hope it will give our local artists, business and community groups a new way to reconnect with the local area and share their stories about life post-lockdown and moving forward.”
Initially launching as a weekly one hour show via the website, over time KCR plans to produce more audio content which will be accessible via podcasts, webcasts and possibly over other channels.
As the Kiama area is well known for its vibrant arts scene, the station aims to give local artists a new platform to connect with their audiences; businesses an alternative way to connect with customers; and community groups and services an opportunity to talk about what they’re doing.
“Following our first training session for broadcasters and the launch of our pilot episode last week, we’re pleased to say that initial feedback has been very positive,” says Graeme.
“We encourage anyone who’d like to share their thoughts with us to fill in the survey on the website.”
KCR is a community-based organisation run by volunteers, and as such is asking for like-minded people to get involved in the running of the station.
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. Broadcast training will be provided if required.