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Published: Tuesday, 27th January, 2009 17:15 in the Ayr Advertiser

Radio Station meeting for Maybole

By David Kiltie

Carrick FM: Can Maybole and the surrounding area raise the funds to provide a local radio station?

At a specially called meeting in Carrick Sports Club last week the case for running such a station, Carrick FM, for a 28-day period was outlined by three enthusiasts but could premises and money halt the plans?

Caroline McConnachie was the main driving force behind the meeting and she outlined her views to those who attended. She spoke of their experience with Girvan FM when quite a lot of community interest was created.

She added that she already had 14 volunteers willing to present programmes and help in the studio, saying: “The main point of this meeting is to judge the interest and to see how we can raise the funds.”

Peter Sturgeon who has extensive technical knowledge and experience spelled out the details of obtaining licences and the fees involved arriving at a ball-park figure of about £12,000.

Mark McEwan spoke about why there should be a Carrick FM saying that it brings a community closer and said: “We can back different campaigns for Carrick; it builds people’s confidence, people can learn new skills, and it would promote community awareness.”

Where the station could be based poses a problem and various people at the meeting are going to make enquiries about a number of premises and report back to the next meeting which will be again held in the Carrick Sports Club next Monday February 2 at 7.30pm.

Any individual or organisation interested is invited to attend.