Radio may go off the air
By ANDY PARKES
LISMORE'S community radio station 2NCR-FM is facing the end of an era.
The station celebrates its 31st birthday on Monday and has been situated on campus at Southern Cross University for 16 years, but the university has told them the lease will not be renewed when it runs out in October.
It ends a long association between Southern Cross University and 2NCR that has had a turbulent relationship in recent years.
The station's vice-president, David Robinson, said it had no option but to appeal against the decision.
"We have been expecting this to come at some stage, but we didn't think it would happen so soon," he said.
He said 2NCR will be looking for new premises off-campus to ensure the long-term future of the station.
"But if there are no premises to operate from, then there will be no local community radio station for Lismore," he said.
Malcolm Marshall, the executive director of Southern Cross University's Corporate Services says that the station has been on a three-year lease and has known all along that there was no option to renew. The university is planning to use the space to expand student services.
"2NCR has not been well used by our students in recent years and we need to expand the space for our students. I've been a great supporter of 2NCR over the years and I wish them all the best," Mr Marshall said.
2NCR is launching a major fundraising campaign to help with the cost of moving. There will be a trivia night at the East Lismore Bowling Club on September 1, and a drive to encourage local businesses to take out sponsorship announcements.
The station is looking for a new home of about 100 square metres, preferably with wheelchair access. Anyone with such a space can call the station on 66203006.