Five more years: MônFM wins licence renewal

MônFM has renewed its community radio licence for a further five years.

The bilingual station, serving Anglesey and North West Wales, will continue on 102.5 FM after its licence was extended by the broadcast regulator OFCOM until at least July 2024.

MônFM says the decision means it can go ahead with a long-term business plan to enhance its local service.

Tony Wyn Jones, MônFM’s acting chairman, said: ”The committee have worked very hard to prepare the extension application to OFCOM, and we are delighted with the excellent news which we have received.”

”We are indebted to all our volunteers who continue to give enthusiasm, commitment and the most precious thing in the world – their time.”

”We are also grateful to our growing audience who regularly tune in to enjoy the wide range of music and local news and sport – we are looking forward to taking MônFM to the next level of excellence in local broadcasting.”

Formed in February 2011 as MônFM Community Radio, the station went on air for the first time from its Llangefni studios on St David’s Day 2012, coinciding with a week-long test broadcast on FM. It began full-time FM broadcasting from its Gwalchmai transmitter in July 2014.

Volunteers at the station – aged from nine to 74 – produce and broadcast a wide range of local programming seven days a week, including daily Breakfast and Drivetime shows, local features, and specialist music programmes, covering rock, country, soul, dance and world music.

MônFM broadcasts live from major island events and festivals such as the Anglesey Show, the Moelfre Lifeboat Day, PhilFest and Gŵyl Cefni. Last year, the station’s events coverage earned two nominations at the 2018 Community Radio Awards.

The station also brought a dedicated Outside Broadcast unit with the aim of further expanding its presence at local events. It’s also pledged to build on its work with public services and businesses for the benefit of the area.

In the past year, the station has developed its commitment to local news and sport – with tailored MônFM Update bulletins on weekday afternoons, together with a comprehensive online news service and a weekly review bulletin, The North West This Week, on Fridays.

The station also produces North West Wales’ only dedicated sports programme, MônFM Sport, on Saturday afternoons. In addition, live national news bulletins air every hour from Sky News Radio.

Local current affairs and features figure heavily in the station’s daytime output, including the what’s on show Bywyd Môn, job vacancies in a special edition of Drivetime on Wednesdays, and regular interviews on events, politics and topical matters affecting Anglesey and north Gwynedd.

MônFM’s Steering Group – a team of volunteers which oversees operations – says it has become ‘the’ local station for the area, listened by ”locals, businesses and visitors” and acting as ”a useful link to people who are away on holiday, or to young people who have moved…to university and want to keep up with what’s happening in their area.”

They add MônFM’s motto is ”to help others help themselves”, and achieves it by working alongside local charities and community groups to promote and advertise events.

It also ”strives to give communities a voice” and aims to make time to discuss and debate matters which would be otherwise be left ignored by commercial radio stations.

If you’re interested in advertising or volunteering with MônFM or want to promote or advertise your community event, email [email protected] or call the Llangefni studios on 01248 722 224.

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