Radio Free Bell Island: New station on the air soon

The CRTC has granted a Bell Island-based radio station a license to operate on a permanent basis.

Following two weeks on the air under “special event” licenses, and a major fundraising campaign, Radio Bell Island is now ready to outfit their own station.

“We will be a low power FM station, easily heard not only on Bell island but all around Conception Bay, as well. We will also reach listeners around the world via internet streaming,” says station director and musician Kelly Russell.

“Our broadcast will feature ‘talk radio’ including interviews, news, call-in show, health & safety issues, local events, promotion of tourism, etc. Music programming will be 50% local, regional and international folk and roots music.”

The station will be located within St. Michael’s Regional High School, where the radio project will be incorporated into the curriculum.

“It will serve to better connect Bell Island to the rest of Newfoundland for, even though it is only a short distance across the tickle, there is a gap which is much wider than the body of water that separates us. RBI will contribute significantly to closing that gap.”

Radio Bell Island will be found at 100.1 FM on Bell Island, in Conception Bay, Holyrood, Carbonear, and parts of St. John’s. RBI will also reach listeners worldwide via internet streaming. For updates, check on Twitter.