Cap Coast community radio launches 'new look and sound'
From The Capricorn Coast Mirror
THE Capricorn Coast's own community radio station, Radio 4NAG 91.3FM, celebrated its "new look and new sound" at an open day where the public could see and try its new, state-of-the-art broadcasting equipment.
At the same time, it also launched its new website, offering program guides, station information and the facility to tune into Radio 4NAG from anywhere in the world.
Capricorn Coast Community Radio president Cherie Furness said the changes represented a "quantum leap" for the station.
Ms Furness said they would enable Radio 4NAG to lift its profile within its community, from its studios at Yeppoon north to Byfield, south to Emu Park and west towards Rockhampton.
Among the benefits of the new technology would be a more professional approach to production and presentation, including the ability to pre-record shows and interviews.
"I am pleased to say our station is now more technically advanced than some of our larger, sister community radio stations," Ms Furness said.
She said she was delighted to see close to 200 people join in during the open day celebrations, which included tours of the studios.
To launch the changes, Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Cr Bill Ludwig, former Channel Nine television presenter Peter Byrne and Ms Furness cut a ribbon, while master of ceremonies for the open day was Andrea Barker.
Speaking at the launch, Ms Furness said a resurgence in announcing had seen local content increase on Radio 4NAG, with six new programs in the past eight months and five more announcers in training.
"Community radio is quite different to main-stream radio," she said. "We are more community-based and part of our broadcasting licence is that we are out and about and being involved in community activities."
These included the monthly Music in Beaman Park event, next month's Battle of the Bands in the town hall, an outdoor broadcast from Emu Park State School fete in September and the Halloween Ball.
Ms Furness said the station would also hold a major fundraiser in November, in the form of its first "radiothon".
In the past, she said, Radio 4NAG had relied on national figures for community radio to estimate its listener numbers. However, later this year and into 2015, the station would embark on a local survey in an attempt to gain more accurate figures for its coverage area.
Ms Furness said the growth of volunteer numbers at the station meant there were now separate teams for programming, training, production, information and sales, technical, outdoor broadcasting and events.
"I am very proud to head a very passionate and enthusiastic team," she said.