The provincial government is providing $15,000 to establish a permanent community radio service on Bell Island.
Radio Bell Island began with one-week special event broadcasts in March 2011 and March 2012 and included musical performances, story telling, and local profiles.
With this investment, Radio Bell Island plans to acquire the production and technical equipment necessary to offer the service permanently.
“The creation of a community-led radio service on Bell Island is an exciting initiative,” said Keith Hutchings, minister of innovation, business and rural development. “In addition to celebrating the culture and heritage of Bell Island, the permanent radio service brings together residents of all ages to broadcast unique programming that features local personalities and musicians while promoting the island to visitors. I congratulate the volunteer effort that has made this possible and look forward to tuning in and listening to the programming.”
David Brazil, MHA for Conception Bay East-Bell Island, said Radio Bell Island will be a valuable tool to engage citizens of all ages and give them a mechanism to be informed on local issues or events while serving to educate and entertain.
This initiative is funded through the regional/sectoral diversification fund.
Radio Bell Island 100.1 FM started as a collaboration of the Town of Wabana, St. Michael's Regional High School and the Rural Secretariat.
More on Radio Bell Island can be found online at www.ryakuga.ca/bellisland.