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Scariff Bay Community Radio celebrates five years on air

CELEBRATIONS will get under way on air and in-studio this Saturday as Scariff Bay Community Radio marks its fifth birthday. The station, which recently had its licence renewed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), has been broadcasting to the East Clare community every weekend for half a decade, covering fairs and festivals, events and activities to a high standard, from studio and on location, thanks to a team of up to 30 volunteers.

Said station PRO, Eoin O’Hagan, “Since our first broadcast we have grown as a station and introduced dozens of people to the joys of broadcasting. Our programming has grown from six hours on Saturday to 12 to 15 hours on both weekend days”.

A diverse programming schedule includes live debate, music, sport, community news and documentary and the team is currently working on a radio drama to air shortly.

“Our audience has been educated, informed and, most importantly, entertained with an eclectic mix of sports, music and lots of chat,” Mr O’Hagan said. “Led by our Chair Jim Collins, our Board and the willing roster of presenters Scariff Bay Community Radio has rightly taken its place in the media landscape on FM as well as online.”

As part of its birthday celebrations, the station is connecting with business in East Clare and offering sponsorship opportunities for its shows, as well as in-studio discussions about the business climate. “Since the outbreak of Covid 19, all businesses in the area have suffered,” Mr O’Hagan noted. “Whether you’re in tourism, manufacturing, farming, forestry or services we want to hear from you. We would like to promote your business and we have two fantastic prizes to give away to two of these East Clare businesses. We are also going to invite business owners in to our studio to talk about their business, live on air. You could end up on Saturday Chronicle, Country Jukebox, Saturday Requests, Sunday Breakfast with Oath and Ruin, The Morning Dew or any one of the programmes on our schedule.”

Businesses in the East Clare area who are interested are getting involved are invited to send a 100-word description of their work to the station, with a view to joining the team on air.

The station can be contacted by email to info@scariffbayradio.com and details should be sent in by Friday.

Scariff Bay Community Radio broadcasts on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am on both 88.3FM and 92.7FM, throughout the east of the county. The station also streams its shows on-line and on its website scariffbayradio.com, as well as on the Tune In app for smart devices and phones.

About Fiona McGarry

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Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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