Sound Radio has been awarded an FM community licence by Ofcom

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Sound Radio LTD are delighted to announce that they have been awarded and FM community radio licence from Ofcom.

The community radio station which is currently based at the Community Resource Centre in Kinmel Bay will broadcast to Kinmel Bay & Towyn, Abergele, Rhyl and surrounding towns and villages in the Vale of Clwyd on the FM frequency dial in the very near future.

Sound Radio which was formed as a not-for-profit company in 2017, submitted their application in the Spring of 2019 along with 34 other community radio stations in the UK along with 3 of those based in the Vale of Clwyd.  The station which currently broadcasts online via smartphones, smart speakers and online devices will run a locally-focussed service which will include some Welsh language programmes.

Chairperson of Sound Radio LTD, Gary Carr said:

“I’m absolutely thrilled about the awarding of this FM broadcasting licence. “Since we started in 2017 we have striven to be a properly run station – for the community, by the community. This is a vindication of that. “It gives us even more credibility, expands our audience base locally and opens up yet more potential. From funding, through grants and advertising, to potentially taking on paid employees, we can take our community led, not for profit ethos to the next level. “We’d be nothing without our loyal listeners and hard-working volunteers, so this licence will help us to continue making Sound Radio a community resource we can all be proud of.”

Along with Sound Radio, Ofcom also awarded licences to new stations that will serve communities in Shaftesbury, Dorset in England; Shotts in Lanarkshire, Scotland and Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales.

Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular area or community of interest. More than 290 community radio stations are currently on air.

We will release our official FM launch date in due course, thank you all for your support.

If you would like to read our Ofcom FM community radio application you can view it in PDF format HERE 


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