Mayo Stations

New station is way out west

A new station from Mayo planning to broadcast live programming on both FM and Medium Wave will launch over the next couple of months.
Radio Connaught are currently in the process of having a studio built and aim to broadcast 24 hours a day on 95MHz FM and 594kHz AM. They will be targetting the 12-35 years age group.

“I do feel there is a need for this station,” a spokesman told Radiowaves News, “because in the West only 2FM plays music for the young age group.” The station can be contacted at radioconnaught@ireland.com or by telephone 0700 242989.

Static FM replaced by static

Static FM ceased FM broadcasting at midnight last night. The Mayo station are still transmitting a blank carrier on 106.5MHz FM. This will remain in place for the next few weeks.
Speaking to Radiowaves News today, a spokesperson said: “Our new website will be launched tomorrow and we will be broadcasting on the internet by the end of April.”
Static FM’s long-term ambitions are to apply for a youth licence for the Mayo area.

Community licensing decisions announced

The BCI have announced two decisions with regards to community radio licences. The Commission considered applications from two applicant groups at a recent board meeting: Claremorris Community Radio Limited and Sligo Leader Partnership Company Limited.
The BCI have decided to call Claremorris Community Radio Limited to a private oral hearing for the franchise area of Claremorris town and environs. Following completion of the hearings, a report will be presented to the Board of the Commission for determination as to whether the group should be awarded a licence.
The Commission, however, have decided not to approve the application received from Sligo Leader Partnership Company Radio limited for the franchise area of Sligo Town and Environs. The BCI was of the view that the submission did not comply with the requirements for the provision of a community radio service under their Community Radio Policy. This group have operated a community service in the Sligo area over the summer for a number of years.
Commenting on the approved application the BCI’s Chief Executive Michael O’Keeffe said: “We look forward to progressing the licensing process further with Claremorris Community Radio and hope to reach an outcome in this regard in the near future.”