Athlone Community Radio’s educational production where kids from national schools spend a day with a person of a particular profession will be aired next over the two weeks on 88.4 fm. Following on from the success of the first series which was broadcasted last year, this year the participants are from schools outside the town. Ardnagrath NS 5th and 6th class went to St John’s Wood in Lecarrow to interview Niall Cribbon, a Wild Life Ranger and that programme will be aired on May 23rd at 6.30 pm on Athlone Community Radio with a replay on Saturday May 28th at 1pm. Clonown NS 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class interviewed the town’s famous radio DJ Pete Casey, witnessing his skills while he was presenting ‘ Brekkie Fix’ on Athlone Community Radio. This programme will air on Tuesday May 24th at 6.30pm with a replay on Saturday June 4th at 1pm. Clonbonny NS went to the Fire Station to find out more about the profession from Fire Brigade Officer Pat Hunt and his brave friends. The programme will air May 30th at 6.30 pm with a replay Saturday June 11th at 1pm. Summerhill NS sailed on the Viking Boat to interview Michael McDonnell and see the ‘Captain of The Boat’ in action. This is the final programme and will be aired on Tuesday May 31s at 6.30 pm and replayed on June 18th at 1 pm.
The producer and editor of the series “I Want To Know” Irena Cvetkovic says ‘I’ve learned so much along with the children about these interesting professions. We don’t prepare the questions with the pupils as we want their genuine curiosity to be reflected in the questions. Among general questions about the inspiration for the job, skills that you need etc they asked the Wild Life Ranger if he had money what piece of the wood would he buy? and they asked are all women in love with firemen?. Programmes are educative and fun and the music in the each programme is performed by the students of that school. ‘I Want To Know 2’ is Athlone Community Radio’s production helped by the Sound and Vision Broadcasting Authority of Ireland funding scheme.