Athlone Community Radio was formed in 2006. It was first granted a temporary broadcasting licence on March 15th 2008 and received later received a ten year Broadcasting Community Radio Sound Licence on the 14th of January, 2011.
ACR are a not for profit volunteer led radio station. Most of their programme makers are voluntary and they carry out such roles as producers, presenters and researchers. The Board of Directors are also volunteers from the community.
They have some paid staff; a full time manager and marketing officer and nine people who work part time. These are funded through various government community workplace schemes.
ACR works closely with community groups and organisations in the area, giving them air time to talk about their work. They also work closely with schools and various training units in the area by providing programming and work experience to their students.
Station information adapted from text on the station website