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Féile FM was a community radio station for west Belfast. It first broadcast on a 28 day RSL in July 1996.
The station was operated under the banner of Féile an Phobail
Féile FM originally broadcast on 106.2MHz, changing to 107.7MHz for their temporary stint in July 2005.
In October 2005, Féile FM was granted a full-time community radio licence allowing the station to provide a full-time community radio service to the entire city of Belfast.
The station closed at 4pm on March 25th 2011 owing to financial difficulties.
Website address was http://www.feilefm.com/
Belfast Telegraph – March 25 2011
Féile FM: Cash crisis puts Belfast radio station jobs in jeopardyhttps://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/news/file-fm-cash-crisis-puts-belfast-radio-station-jobs-in-jeopardy-28600871.html
Heartbroken volunteers at a west Belfast community radio station have delivered their last broadcast.
Yesterday the Belfast Telegraph revealed the station, Feile FM, was facing an uncertain future after running out of cash.
The Feile an Phobail committee, responsible for running the station, issued a statement last night confirming the closure due to “unsustainable” overhead costs.
The station’s 40 shows a week were presented and produced by a team of almost 100 volunteers.
Feile had been broadcasting since 1996, first hitting the airwaves in west Belfast before going online in 2004.
It received a full-time licence from Ofcom in 2005.
Volunteers had raised funds for March’s overheads but it wasn’t enough to save the station.
Belfast Telegraph – March 26 2011
By Heather McGarriglehttps://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/funds-crisis-forces-feile-fm-off-air-28600988.html
Staff and volunteers at a West Belfast community radio station could find out today whether or not the service will be shut down, after running out of cash.
Emergency meetings were held at the end of last month, as it became clear the largely volunteer-run Féile FM was falling victim to the recession, with rising costs and falling incomes.
At that stage it was agreed that efforts would be made to find a rescue plan.
However, uncertainty was growing last night as volunteers received e-mails to say management would be releasing an official statement today about the station’s future.
One volunteer, who didn’t wish to be named, told the Belfast Telegraph that the station could be closing as of 4pm today.
It is not known how many paid roles will be hit by the potential closure.