‘Our Voice FM’ hits the airwaves in Strokestown

‘Our Voice FM’, a new Internet radio station run by the Brothers of Charity, was officially launched in Strokestown on Friday morning last.

The station, which will feature volunteers including Brothers of Charity staff and those who avail of services, will broadcast across the world from a brand-new studio on Elphin Street in the town.

A production team of six will oversee programming and Brothers of Charity employee John Nugent, who also presents ‘In The Lobby’ on First Dance FM, will be lending his broadcasting experience to the project.

Dublin native John, who has been working with the Brothers of Charity for the last 14 years, outlined the aims of Our Voice FM to the Roscommon People at last Friday’s launch party.

“Our job is to train people in broadcasting and presenting and find out what topics people are interested in and design programmes around that,” he said.

“It’s all about giving people a platform and featuring people in the community who haven’t had their voices heard”.

John presents the 11 am to 1 pm Friday programme with Patricia Carolan, who made a very successful broadcasting debut on last Friday’s launch show.

“There has been a huge takeoff in Internet radio stations and the reaction to Our Voice FM has been great so far,” he added.

Brothers of Charity Team Lead, Audrey Murphy, said the umbrella organisation has given full backing to the new venture.

“It’s all about allowing our people’s voices to be heard and giving them a platform for their interests and passions,” she said.

“Our staff will partner with some of the talented people in our services and they will gain great experience in producing and presenting radio shows”.

  Audrey said the Roscommon manager of Brothers of Charity services, Jody Healy, and Area Manager Padraig O’Rourke had also been brilliant in supporting the project.

She added: “Money raised from our café and second-hand shop and The Hub in Strokestown goes towards developing projects for the people we support.

“Without people you have nothing and we are so blessed here with the community support we have received”.

The local Town Team has also lent its backing to the project and so too has the local community and public representatives including Senator Eugene Murphy, who himself has broadcasting experience.

“It’s fantastic to see this new radio station being launched. As you know, in my own career I would have a huge interest in broadcasting. This is a special time for what is a fantastic project,” Senator Murphy said.

“I wish them every success and it’s wonderful to see everyone so enthused by it. This is exactly the type of project I’d like to see progressed”.

Our Voice FM will broadcast throughout the week from Strokestown with new programmes currently in development. To listen in, click www.ourvoicefm.com. You can also follow updates on the station’s Facebook page ‘Ourvoicefm Strokestown’.