Casinos community radio station finds a home

Outside of the new 88.9FM Casino studio are (l-r) Terry Budgie Harper, Page MP Ian Causley and Paul Fletch Fletcher.

Richmond Valley Radio 88.9FM first went to air in February 1996 from a small caravan at the Coraki water tower, with a licence to broadcast for one day a week, 40 weeks a year.

Ten years later this successful community radio station has a permanent place it can proudly call home at 72 Walker Street, Casino formerly the Commercial Hotel.

When we first put the idea of starting a community radio station to the Coraki Progress Association we were basically laughed down and told it wouldnt work, said 88.9FMs president and founder, Roger Wood. However, with the opening of the Casino studio one would suggest that a lot of humble pie has been eaten by our detractors over the past 10 years.

Roger said the new Casino studio would allow 88.9FM to source extra programs and would save locally-based volunteers the high cost of fuel associated with travelling to the Bora Ridge studio.

The new studio was officially opened by MP Ian Causley, and on the eve of his retirement from politics, it brought back more than a few memories for him. When he entered politics 25 years ago

Mr Causleys first electoral office was in the very same building.

Being here today has brought back a lot of wonderful memories and it has reinforced my beliefs that anything and everything is achievable and obtainable if one is prepared to focus and not be distracted from their goals, said Mr Causley.

The new radio technology that has allowed 88.9FM to open the Casino studio has been made possible by Wiki Computers Casino and Advatel Communications.

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