Special report by Kingfisher FM
After 26 years of broadcasting a grace-filled message of hope to the community of Nelson Mandela Bay And surrounds, Christian Community Radio Station Kingfisher FM looks to the future and are thrilled to announce the receipt of our new 7-year broadcasting license which came on Tuesday April 12.
As far back as October 2020 ICASA announced that only two applicants out of 142 new licence applications nationwide had been successful in moving to the second phase of the licencing process.
Included in those was a station that has faithfully served its community, namely Kingfisher FM. To date it has taken 17 months for these two stations to receive their approved licensing from the broadcasting body.
Kingfisher FM has been legally operating on a special events license from ICASA over that period.
#AriseKingfisher a campaign started in March 2020 was a call for listeners and community to send in letters and signatures of support to include in the ITP-R Licence application to ICASA. A crowd funding
platform was launched as well as an on-air and social media campaign — this was well received and the station received overwhelming support.
The road to achieving licensing was rigorous on every front. Kingfisher FM has the South African Community Radio Organisation (SACRO), the efforts of station manager Michele Lourens and staff to thank for the arduous journey through the red tape of licensing that has taken close on two years.
Community Radio is a vital mouthpiece yet it often operates at a disadvantage due to funding, technological challenges and minimal staff.
That being said, Kingfisher FM strives to faithfully produce high quality radio. Operationally the community station functions with a fraction of the staff to carry the load and is a training ground for those who aim to step into the media world. The Kingfisher FM staff contingent are a
passionate group of stalwarts who push forward regardless – it’s all a matter of the servant heart.
Kingfisher FM stands as a non-profit, service-oriented radio station that is solely owned and operated by the community. It encourages communication, is a platform for the church and connects people across cultures.
The station finds itself in a strong position. The team has been proactive, believing in the stations sustainability and relevance. This is achieved by producing compelling content, good governance, compliance, acommunity approach and a mandate to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Media has many stories to tell, many of which are not pretty, this however is a story of boldness, faith and belief.
The Kingfisher FM Board would like to thank every person who is involved with the station and ensure them of their dedication.
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