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Community radio station needs sponsors

LOCAL RADIO: Community Radio 94.7 board member and presenter Heidi Stanton-Cook, Secretary Karen Venus and presenter Grahame Watt.
LOCAL RADIO: Community Radio 94.7 board member and presenter Heidi Stanton-Cook, Secretary Karen Venus and presenter Grahame Watt. Mike Knott BUNRAD

BUNDABERG'S last remaining community radio station is calling for support to ensure it can continue to operate well into the future.

The station 94.7fm became the last community station in the region early last month when 96.3fm suddenly closed its doors without warning.

Board member of 94.7fm Heidi Stanton-Cook said they needed the support of the community to ensure the station did not follow in 96.3's footsteps.

"Quite a few people that I've spoken to in town say it's sad to see the station close not realising it wasn't 94.7," she said.

"It was quite surprising to us that so many people thought it was us."

Mrs Stanton-Cook said she worried the quick closure of 96.3 had caused people to believe there would be instability in the other radio station still operating.

"I think a lot of them are a bit scared about (supporting us) now because 96.3 closed down in spectacular fashion," she said.

"We want people to know that 94.7 is still going and we're still open and looking for businesses to sponsor us."

Mrs Stanton-Cook said diversity was what set community and commercial radio apart.

"It's not just mainstream music that we play," she said.

"We have a really extensive range of programming - Afrikaans, Spanish, blues, Filipino, the current music, jazz, rockabilly, heavy metal, religious programs."

Mrs Stanton Cook said the station was a professional operation that had a broadcast reach from Hervey Bay to Seventeen Seventy.

"I know when I started in community radio a few years ago I was just there to do some paperwork and I thought it was just a bunch of kids in a studio tinkering about with a bit of equipment," she said.

"But the technology we have access to enables us to stream online and on air is quite amazing."

The board member said the station was not going anywhere in the near future, planning to upgrade its website very soon.

"We're looking at grants to improve our website and our facilities but we do need businesses to support us and help us in the day to day running,"

To inquire about the station and sponsorship opportunities, email heidi@coralcoastradios.net.au.

Topics:  community radio




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