Cirencester radio station, Corinium Radio, looking to broadcast full time
CORINIUM Radio volunteers are preparing to apply for a full time license in the hope that the station will be able to broadcast 365 days a year.
The Cirencester-based station currently broadcasts twice a year but is applying in 2014 for a full-time license through Ofcom, which only offers such a license once every four years. If it is successful, the radio station will have to launch a major fund-raising drive.
"We can only afford to broadcast twice a year as it is so expensive," said chairman Liz Young.
If Corinium Radio secure the license with Ofcom, a fundraiser will be employed to raise about £10,000 per year in order to run the radio full time.
"We don't have a dedicated fundraiser yet but we do lots of fundraising as a group," Liz continued. "We organise events like the quiz night at the Wheatsheaf just recently. We'll also be at Stratton fete on August Bank Holiday Monday."
Vice chairman Geoff Carr explained that Ofcom has a very strict application process and that Corinium Radio may not necessarily get the license.
"Ofcom will decide whether Cirencester needs a community radio or not," he said.
But Liz Young believes that Cirencester does need a community radio station.
"At the moment we are served by national networks," she said. "A local radio station would be able to serve the community a lot more closely and we could broadcast all sorts of things if we had a full time license."
Corinium Radio supporters are still waiting to see when Ofcom begins inviting applications and members are keen to know more information on how they can achieve a full time license.
The radio station is currently looking for new supporters to get involved and hopes to create an army of up to 50 volunteers in preparation for applying to Ofcom.
"We are looking for presenters, technicians, editors, and more," Vice Chairman Geoff Carr said. "We are also looking for a skilled and experienced chairman and a fundraiser."
"We are simply a band of motivated volunteers trying to turn an organisation into effectively a full time business and we need other skilled and experienced people to join us."
Anybody interested in joining Corinium Radio can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively the radio station holds public meetings on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6.45pm at Cirencester Library which anyone with an interest in community radio can go along to. The next meeting is on Tuesday, September 3.
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