There’s something in the air this week with the official launch of Lisburn’s 98FM community radio station.
Lisburn’s 98FM, the first dedicated radio station for the City, was launched last week at South Eastern Regional College’s Linen Room restaurant.
The station, which is supported by South Eastern Regional College (SERC) and hosted at the College’s Lisburn campus, aims to give the Lisburn community a voice and an opportunity to get involved in local radio by volunteering.
The station is made up of volunteers who are now broadcast ready and will be taking to the airwaves on a daily basis to entertain and inform the local community on a range of topics from Arts to Sports.
The new station promises to bring a combination of music and discussion programmes with a distinct local flavour, representing the interests of all sections of the community.
Radio station Co-ordinator Colm McAlinden explains: ‘It’s an exciting time for everyone involved in the new station, and of course the city of Lisburn.
“We won’t be just keeping ourselves in the confines of the studio, but getting out and about meeting the community asking them to share any concerns they may have about their local area.
“As well as that, having been given the backing of SERC, it will also have a strong educational ethos. We hope to bring a balance of information, education and entertainment to the airwaves.”
Ken Webb, SERC Principal and Chief Executive explains: “The station is already grounded in the community of Lisburn, giving everyone the opportunity to get involved, whether that be broadcasting a show or keeping up to date with news and developments through Facebook.
“SERC wanted to get involved as we knew this would quickly become an important voice for the community. It also allows our students to get an insight to the running of a radio station and our Media students have shown great enthusiasm.”
Anyone who wants to listen in and get a feel for the station growing before their eyes – or rather, their ears - can listen in on 98FM or follow us on Facebook and twitter.