A new community radio station which serves the Finn Valley is working to get a community radio licence which would allow it to broadcast on FM.
Finn Valley FM has been broadcasting online since last autumn and has applied to the Broadcast Authority of Ireland (BAI) for a 100-day license. Eventually the station hopes to obtain a ten-year licence.
The station is broadcasting most evenings. The schedule is mainly made up of music but it is hoped that it the programming will expand to include news and current affairs.
Already there are about 15 people involved in the station which broadcasts from studios at Castlefinn Partnership Initiative.
Managing Director of the station Pat Burn, who has been involved in Ham radio for years, said there has been a great response to the station which has been much-needed in the area for years. A new committee has been established recently to operate the station and it is currently recruiting more presenters and news readers.
“Via the internet there has been a great response on Facebook, by telephone and text and it is getting busier. We have people listening around Donegal, in Ireland, the UK and America with up to 500 listening at any one time.
“The response has been great and a lot of people were hoping it would go on. It is growing all the time and people are joining all the time to contribute and present shows,”
Pat said the content of the station intends to be very local and is aimed at promoting what it going on in the community. “It will be a chance for community groups, sporting groups and charities to promote what they are doing,” he said.
The station is waiting to hear from the BAI about the application for the 100 day licence.
Pat said the station may have to apply for more than one such license before it gets the chance to apply for the ten-year license. The license would allow the station to run as a not-for-profit venture and would operate on sponsorship and donations.
A launch night for the station and an open day are to be held shortly. Anyone interested in getting involved in
Finn Valley FM can ring 0877617522. To tune in online and for more information go to www.finnradio.com.