May 20, 2019
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Major revamp as Kilkenny community radio station awarded more air time

COMMUNITY Radio Kilkenny City (CRKC) will extend its broadcasting hours next month and unveil an exciting line-up of new shows after it was given the green light to significantly increase its time on air.

From May 6, CRKC will broadcast for 97 hours every week. It comes as the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) granted permission for the Kilkenny radio station to air for an extra 24 hours per week.

Under its new schedule, CRKC will broadcast from 9am to 10pm on Monday to Thursday, and from 9am to 12am on Friday to Sunday.

The announcement was made by Michael Walshe, Chairman of the Board of Kilkenny Community Communications Co-operative Society, operators of Community Radio Kilkenny City, at a special event in Set Theatre last night to celebrate the 40th anniversary of community radio in Kilkenny.

Mr Walshe said: “This is a significant development for CRKC and for Kilkenny. Community Radio is a rapidly growing third broadcasting sector and a force for community development, identity, and expression. Community Radio Stations are set up, owned, and driven by the communities they serve and make a positive contribution to media diversity. This is certainly the case with CRKC.

“Our extended broadcasting will allow CRKC to continue to connect with the serve the community and to offer more variety to our listeners, who will soon be able to listen to CRKC from early morning to late at night,” he added.

The new schedule and line-up of presenters will be announced later this month.

The announcement added to the celebratory atmosphere at Set Theatre on the night that saw voices and faces from community radio in Kilkenny down through the years reminisce and share anecdotes about the early years of community radio in Kilkenny and a fascinating period in Irish broadcasting.

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