Community radio prepares for July broadcast and more

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PARRSBORO The local community radio station will be back on the air on July 1, but will be a full-time entity by years end, according to Parrsboro Radio Society chairman Ross Robinson.

The society is in the process of applying for a full-time licence, according to Robinson.

Were attracting a lot of people now, he said. People are interested in seeing if we are going to go full-time or not, so that is our aim.

To survive as a full-time station will require steady support in the form of volunteers and revenue, and Robinson is confident the Parrsboro Radio Society has both. A major source of revenue for the station will be radio Bingo, he explained.

Bingo equipment has already been purchased by the society and installed by volunteers Robinso

Community radio prepares for July broadcast and more

PARRSBORO The local community radio station will be back on the air on July 1, but will be a full-time entity by years end, according to Parrsboro Radio Society chairman Ross Robinson.

The society is in the process of applying for a full-time licence, according to Robinson.

Were attracting a lot of people now, he said. People are interested in seeing if we are going to go full-time or not, so that is our aim.

To survive as a full-time station will require steady support in the form of volunteers and revenue, and Robinson is confident the Parrsboro Radio Society has both. A major source of revenue for the station will be radio Bingo, he explained.

Bingo equipment has already been purchased by the society and installed by volunteers Robinson, Rusty Thurlow, Weldon Guthreau and Brian Fisher, and a Bingo license will be applied for during the next month, according to Robinson, who said the Bingo will not be ready for the coming July special events broadcast.

While a full-time station might offer student employment through co-op grants and other opportunities, he said it will be run largely by volunteers.

As long as the volunteers are there there will be a radio station, he said. It looks right now like were able to do that. We can do it with the people we have and the equipment we have.

The special events broadcast will run for the full month of July at the new frequency of 99.1 FM, and will also continue to be broadcast on the Internet through the website www.parrsborocommunityradio.ca. Following that could be another special events broadcast as early as September, but the plan is to see the station up and running full-time by the end of the year, according to Robinson.

If we didnt have any trial runs behind us I wouldnt be confident, but as chairman of the radio society Im 100 per cent confident in Parrsboro having a full-time station, he said. Another new feature for the upcoming broadcast will be a new 4x12-foot sign for the radio station at its 396 Upper Main Street location.

Volunteers behind the microphone in July will include Donna Babineau, Saundra Spence, Ted Lock, Dora Fuller, Kelly Rector, Ann Marie Tupper, Weldon Guthreau, Brian Fisher, Ross Robinson, Wesley Andrews, Gordon Heffler, Roy Galloway, Dave Abbott, Denis Babineau and Rose MacAloney. Those wishing to volunteer or contact the radio station about sponsorships or public service announcements can call Ross Robinson at 216-0042.

Organizations: Parrsboro Radio Society

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, 396 Upper Main Street

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