Delight as community radio regains its broadcasting license
Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2021
Volunteers at Wrexham’s community radio station, Calon FM, are delighted to have regained the broadcast license.
Longtime Wrexham community radio station was taken off the air in January after 13 years by the previous council.
The 35 volunteers who ran the station along with station manager Amy Hughes and supporters were eager to restore service and immediately began the license application process with OFCOM.
The group also created a community interest company, Wrexham Community Broadcasting, to oversee the new station and this week OFCOM told them the license would be granted to WCB.
Conrad Anderson, WCB President, said: “It has been a difficult process, to say the least, as we regroup and seek to put Calon FM back on the air. The support we have received from volunteers, the wider community and supporters has been essential in getting us to this point.
“We are very grateful for the contribution of so many and the help we have received from the Enterprise Hub in downtown Wrexham, where we will be setting up the new business in the future.
“Most important in this regard have been the volunteers, who were the broadcasters and technicians who had kept the radio on the air for the past 13 years and who were essential in enabling us to get the license back. We also thank the artists who supported us by organizing virtual concerts which raised funds during this difficult period.
“The Board of Directors and in particular Amy Hughes have put enormous amounts of work into making this happen and I want to thank them all.
“We’re absolutely delighted to rebroadcast – we don’t have a date yet but it will be as soon as possible. We already stream online on calon.fm and content is growing there every day. Nothing could proceed with the FM license until we got confirmation from OFCOM and it took longer than expected – we had to start a new company, develop a business plan and raise funds in very little time.
“There is still a lot of work to be done to create a new studio and other technical requirements will have to be addressed, but we have overcome many obstacles to go this far and we are convinced that we have the expertise and the energy. to overcome whatever is put our way.
A volunteer, Dave Williams, added: “Bringing the community and charitable focus back to Calon Fm means the world to me. I have so much fun inviting guests from Wrexham and beyond to the show to discuss their groups, charities, and businesses. A program like mine is invaluable and without it these organizations would not have a platform to raise awareness of what they are doing.
Businesses and community organizations wishing to get involved in sponsorship and advertising on the station can contact via [email protected]