Established in June 1995, Community Radio Castlebar has a licence from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland to provide a community radio service to Castlebar and the surrounding environs. The station broadcasts seven days a week, 24 hours per day.
In June 2007 the station was awarded a further ten year licence for the period 2007 to 2017 on the basis of the business plan submitted to the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland. A further licence for the period 2017-2027 was awarded to CRCfm in February 2017.
CRC moved to new premises on Lower Thomas Street in the centre of Castlebar on December 29th 2016 and is completing a purpose-built facility with three studios – any of which can be used as a live studio.
Programming is very much community based, mixed in with other topics of general interest to the listeners and this is broken down into fifty five percent music, with a broad range including pop, country, classical, middle of the road, traditional, and a range of specialist music such as jazz and other genres.
The remaining forty five percent of programming is devoted to community issues, current affairs, magazine and specialist programmes in education, health, environment sport and the Irish Language.
They regularly engage in outside broadcasts from within the community and focus on special community events.
The station is managed by a company by limited guarantee which has a board of thirteen directors elected from the general membership. The membership is made up of three groups representing local statutory agencies, voluntary and local business groups and individual members of the community.
CRC raises its income mainly from donations from local bodies, grant aid from funding bodies and limited advertising and sponsorship (limited by BAI). A number of fund raising activities are organised annually as well. A membership scheme also is also in place.
The CRCfm mission statement is:
“The service should reflect the needs in the local community as well as educate, entertain and inform its listeners”
CRCs strategic goals as outlined in its submission to the BAI are as follows:
- To own and manage its own broadcasting service
- To provide access to radio broadcasting for individuals, groups and organisations in the community
- To develop local talent and encourage creativity
- To offer training opportunities in broadcasting to those members of the community who wish to develop media skills
- To provide information on a wide range of topics of community interest
- To contribute to the potential for development and improve the quality of life in the community
- To create opportunities for employment
- To operate CRCfm as a financially viable project
CRCfm, Thomas Street, Castlebar, Co Mayo.
094 902 7442