Kiama Community Radio (KCR) is a non-profit community-based organisation run by volunteers. KCR is a podcasting service produced by local residents for the communities in the Kiama Local Government Area from Minnamurra in the north to Gerroa in the south and Jamberoo in the west.
Initially launched in July 2020, KCR has produced over 200 podcasts.
KCR provides broadcasting training to people of all ages, giving the local community a voice. KCR provides local artists a new platform to connect with their audiences; businesses an alternative way to reach their customers and community groups a chance to promote their activities.
KCR’s objective is to grow into a live to air, FM radio station, reach wider audiences and be recognised as a valuable community resource.
David Toohey grew up in Bowral and established a business providing RF communications, audio-visual and broadcasting services nationally. He has worked with major companies such as the Retravision group, Movielink and the David Syme Group on the Darling Harbour Convention and Exhibition Centre’s AV & broadcast services.
David was a foundation member of radio 2WKT (Highland FM). He is currently the Managing Director of CommStream, and works as a project manager in broadcast, IT and Tertiary education. David lives in Foxground and is a staunch supporter of KCR’s dream of growing into an FM radio station.
Madeleine Scarfe is an architect with a Masters’ degree in Environmentally Sustainable Design. She has been running her own business for 20 years as project architect, interior designer, project manager, construction manager and design manager on mainly commercial, retail and residential projects and has an long term commitment to bringing design solutions to the community, volunteering her services to WIRES, a number of projects in Timor Leste, Green Connect (Wollongong) and the Lions Club Carers’ cottage in Kiama.
Laura Hill is a commercial media executive with qualifications in marketing and public relations. She brings over 15 years’ sales and partnership experience working at leading media organisations such as Nine Network, Fairfax Digital, Fairfax Media and most recently was the Director, Commercial Business at Gumtree.
Helen Lear is a communications consultant, writer and author with over 18 years’ experience. Throughout her career, she's been lucky enough to focus on the good stuff in life that really brings people together – music, arts and hospitality. She's promoted countless bars, concerts, festivals, hotels, music venues, pubs and restaurants; profiled artists, bartenders, chefs, musicians and winemakers; and launched numerous charity initiatives. Since setting up her own business in 2012, she's worked with a fantastic range of clients including the Australian Museum, Good Beer Company, Green Music Australia, Musicians Making A Difference, Time Out Australia and W. Short Hotel Group.
Human Resources Manager
Gabriela Cabral worked as a singer, musician and actor in the 80s before taking up arts management in the 90s with a special interest in community cultural development. She has worked for an array of theatre companies and arts organisations including the Sydney Opera House and UNESCO’s International Theatre Institute. She was introduced to broadcasting at SBS radio and for six years produced and presented a weekly world music program at Canberra’s ArtSound FM.