Limerick City Community Radio (LCCR) is looking for new volunteers to help produce their news, sport and feature weekend programmes coming up to Christmas.
LCCR Treasurer and contributor Mark Spain says volunteers will get great training in producing and presenting a variety of talk and music programmes that will help them progress their broadcasting careers.
Volunteers at the station will get accredited training in broadcasting through the Community Radio Forum of Ireland (CRAOL), a lobbying and support group for community radio in Ireland.
“If you go to the commercial radio stations, they’re not going to let you in. Whereas anyone can come here and get involved in an existing show, or make one of their own.”
Chairman and founder of LCCR Richard Smith started the community radio station as an online station in his garage, before moving it to a dedicated broadcasting studio in the Southhill area 18 months ago.
This was after a successful application for a community radio broadcasting licence to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).
LCCR is the first licensed community radio station in Limerick City, with stations previously operating only in East and West Limerick.
LCCR currently operates on a short-term license, which it periodically renews.
Its operators hope to receive a 10-year license in the future, and to broadcast 7 days a week.
LCCR Vice-Chairman Liam Byrne says that the station helps to bring knowledge of local events to the Limerick community which might not get publication on more commercial stations.
LCCR’s current shows include: a late-night comedy show, Transition Year students talking about their perspectives and interests, and shows discussing mental health, local businesses, and the experiences of people who have moved to Limerick.
One of LCCR’s former volunteers, Raffale Rocca, says his experience producing sports coverage at the station helped develop his broadcasting and interviewing skills, which he now uses as a sports reporter for Live 95 FM and as a freelance journalist.
“I couldn’t speak highly enough of the experience of community radio,” he said. “It’s a great way to keep your skills sharpened.”
As a community radio station, LCCR has to play at least 50% talk radio, and it aims to produce as wide a spectrum of programming content as possible.
The station leases its broadcasting spectrum from Wired FM, broadcasting on 99.9 FM on Saturdays and Sundays.
Shows recorded over Monday to Friday are held for the weekend, or uploaded as podcasts on the LCCR website.
The station is funded through €35,000 in Regeneration funding, grants from the Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership and the KBC bank, fundraiser table quizzes and sponsors of specific shows.
LCCR spends approximately €700 a month on operating expenses, attributable to the costs of building and installing its “state of the art” studio, legal fees and the costs of renting its premises.
Local events are given mention in news bulletins that are played four times over the weekend.
The station is currently looking for more volunteers, especially anyone interested in administration and fundraising, arts coverage or Irish language speakers.
If you would like to learn more about volunteering at LCCR, please contact email@example.com.