Once upon a time several members of the local men's shed had an idea of setting up a community radio station. Two of the members decided to do the research to see what was involved and if it would be viable. Alan James and Steven McKenna went to visit and meet with the top people behind Athlone Community Radio. Athlone Community Radio ACR broadcast on both the FM radio band aswell as online. The guys had a grand tour of the new premises aswell as the older one and finished with a meeting to discuss all the avenues that must be travelled in order to get a licence for both internet and FM broadcasts.
The meeting left the lads feeling a litle overwhelmed and that spark they had was almost extinguished due to the amount of red tape that would need to be overcome with such a venture. Almost 6 months later they decided (with the aid of an online internet radio service) to go for it and simply launch an online station. They decided to follow the required criteria and if there was enough public support and interest in having a community station we would then apply for an internet only licence.
The station does not have a premises and all shows would be pre-recorded and edited podcasts that will be run on a schedule, so anybody with an interest in doing their own show would need to record it as a podcast then submit it for approval and then for inclusion in our playlist.
We are looking for volunteers who would be in a position to help us with all aspects of running a community station. Some of the requirements would be a dedicated secure premises that would house the station. Broadband would also be a requirement aswell as wheelchair acces to the station and also wheelchair accessible toilets. We would also need people with a love of paperwork and filling in forms etc.
Clonmellon Community Radio is a not-for-profit Community Radio Station for Clonmellon village and its environs. The output of the station, is both music and talk-based with an emphasis on local news and community affairs.
Thank you to Maria and the staff at Liveradio.ie for helping us promote Clonmellon Community radio.