MônFM to expand FM coverage

MônFM has been given permission to extend its licence area.

The broadcast regulator, OFCOM, has approved a request by the community radio station to improve its FM coverage in north and east Anglesey, north Gwynedd and in the Menai Strait.

It comes just weeks after MônFM began a new five-year licence period, ensuring it will continue broadcasting until at least July 2024.

The station says it’s working closely with key partners to install two new relay transmitters to provide stronger signals for areas such as Amlwch, Bangor, Cemaes Bay, Caernarfon and Moelfre.

Tony Wyn Jones, MônFM’s acting chairman, said: ”Our board are delighted that OFCOM have recognised that there is a need to provide consistent and strong reception across our intended coverage area, which will mean that everyone can benefit from the local information, news and community services and entertainment we provide.”

”We would like to thank everyone in Anglesey and Gwynedd who’ve given support to our coverage extension application – it’s essential that the station can support local public services, businesses, tourism and local communities, be they clubs, groups or charities.”

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 broadcasting on 102.5 FM from its Gwalchmai transmitter in July 2014. More recently, the station has developed a free mobile app and is also available on smart speakers.

Volunteers – 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.

Over the summer, MônFM has provided extensive live coverage of local events, including Gwyl Cefni, Philfest and daily live match commentaries from the Inter Island Games football championship.

The station is continuing to develop its commitment to local news and sport, including tailored MônFM Update bulletins on weekday afternoons, a weekly review (The North West This Week) and a comprehensive live Saturday sports service, MônFM Sport, which returns for the new season in mid-August.

Tony Wyn Jones added: ”We now look forward now to developing our community journalism project at grass routes so that we can provide a reliable platform for community organisations to engage with the public at large.”

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