Ardara-based community radio station Owenea FM returns to the airwaves on Saturday November 9. The green light for the station follows the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland granting a 100-day licence allowing broadcasting on two days a week, on 100.8FM.
When the station ceased transmitting in August, it was reaching over 400 listeners every weekend via the internet. With the majority from the UK, Australia, Germany, USA, Norway and Dubai, there were also more locally based internet followers on www.donegalsounds.com. “A considerable number listened from Donegal Town, Kilcar, Dungloe, Glencolmcille, Dublin, Cork and the Midlands,” said station chairman Pauric Gallagher. “Our objective now is to ensure the community is aware of what the station can offer. We will be open to all community groups who want to make their news heard.”
Work is nearing completion on the station’s home at Kentucky. The specially converted building boasts a new studio, meeting room, canteen and disabled facilities.
A celebration dance with country stars including Lisa Stanleywill be held at the Nesbitt Arms on Novermber 2. Tickets €5.