Glenda Hockley Brown and Janice Warren at the new studio of Fraser Coast Community Radio in Point Vernon.
Glenda Hockley Brown and Janice Warren at the new studio of Fraser Coast Community Radio in Point Vernon. Karleila Thomsen

Back "on air" and back on feet

THE DOLLARS are rolling in for Fraser Coast Community Radio with the volunteer group seeing success with three funding grants.

The State Government has splashed out $27,000 for new studio equipment under the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

That news came just ahead of the new year, along with confirmation the station had been awarded $10,000 from the Community Broadcasting Foundation.

That money will help cover the initial costs, including cabling, of getting 4FCR back on air.

Making it three times lucky, the radio group also received about $4500 from the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grant 2009 program. It will pay for computers and printers for a volunteer work station.

Fraser Coast Community Radio started full broadcasting again on December 20.

The group was forced to suspend operations in July after a fire tore through its Hunter Street, Pialba, premises.

The studio was destroyed and the station had to move to a new building in Halcro Street, Point Vernon.

Although office equipment was replaced FCCR could only broadcast pre-recorded music from August.

FCCR president Janice Warren said that even though the production studio was still being set up and the renovations were yet to be finished, everybody was thrilled to receive the funding and to be back on air.

“We’ve had a wonderful public response,” Ms Warren said. “Our presenters are just so happy because they’ve really missed having contact with listeners. It’s very, very exciting.”



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