By Sarah Mac Donald - 09 December, 2015
After a two year battle, radio licences for Kilkenny, Carlow and Athlone have just been released and Spirit Radio is appealing to its supporters to help it raise €20,000 to fund some of the equipment it needs to expand its area of transmission.
Ireland’s only national Christian radio station has a licence to broadcast FM and AM high quality radio throughout Ireland.
According to CEO, Rob Clarke, agreements for the use of masts are in place. While the station is optimistic about this new development, it must surmount this financial hurdle.
“We have always believed that Christian Radio should be funded by a lot of people all doing a little,” Clarke said in a statement.
He explained that the ‘Spirit Radio Roll Out Challenge’ is the fundraising tool created by the station to raise the money.
“We hope it will mobilise thousands and help us launch broadcasting in Kilkenny, Carlow and Athlone. We know Christmas is a bit of a stretch for everybody – but we would be very grateful if you would get on board and help support this initiative,” he said.
Currently, Spirit Radio is broadcasting in a number of cities across Ireland, but it aims to extend its transmission in a number of other locations, and bring its output to 90% of the Irish population.
On 27 January, Spirit Radio will be five years on air and today it now reaches over 206,000 people weekly on 89-92FM, 549MW and online.
According to Rob Clarke, “God has been able to use the station to touch lives up and down the country. We hear from listeners all the time who tell us the station helps them keep going.”
One listener, recently commented, “I found Spirit Radio one day, never heard of it before, I turned on the radio and it just landed there. I feel I was guided to hear it. Two and a half years I have been listening. A lot of challenge we have had in the last few years. Listening to Spirit Radio it just lifts you up. I couldn’t go a day without it.”
More information: https://www.spiritradiorolloutchallenge.ie/