Calon FM

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Calon FM
Broadcast area Wrexham
Frequency 105.0 MHz, Online
First air date 1 March 2008
Format Community
Owner Glyndŵr University

Calon FM is a community radio station broadcasting primarily to Wrexham and the surrounding urban areas, along with fair coverage through much of the central areas of Wrexham County Borough, and parts of southern Flintshire.[1] The station is owned and operated by Glyndŵr University and broadcasts from studios at The Wall Recording Studio on Glyndŵr University's campus in Wrexham.

Calon FM was first launched as a RSL radio station, originally covering events at the 2005 Wrexham Science Festival on 87.7FM.[2] In 2006, the station was granted a 5-year community radio licence. The station officially launched on Saturday 1 March 2008 on 105FM in Wrexham after a short period of test transmissions. Calon FM's aim is to encourage and facilitate the empowerment, life long learning, development and generation of our community, regardless of race, gender, age or disability.[3]

Calon FM broadcasts around 100 hours a week of music, features, sport, talk and specialist programming produced and presented by volunteers with other output consisting of automated music. The station also simulcasts national Sky News Radio bulletins during live programming hours - local news and sport features within the station's output including interviews during its flagship breakfast & lunchtime shows and weekly sports programming on Monday & Friday afternoons.

The station aims for its daytime output to consist of 70% music and 30% speech, whilst its evening output to be 80%-20% respectively, with weekly programmes in Welsh featuring alongside occasional programming in other languages.[4][5] Calon FM is one of two local radio stations based in the town; the other being Global Radio's Heart North West and Wales, a regional ILR station.

In November 2013, the station won the Wales category in the Radio Academy Nations and Regions Awards.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ofcom - Calon FM coverage area: retrieved 11 September 2008
  2. ^ Ofcom - Nine community radio licences awarded: retrieved 11 September 2008
  3. ^ Calon FM - About Us: retrieved 11 September 2008
  4. ^ Calon FM - shows: retrieved 11 September 2008
  5. ^ Ofcom statement - Calon FM key commitments: retrieved 11 September 2008
  6. ^ Calon FM wins prestigious Radio Academy Award, glyndwr.ac.uk, 25 November 2013
  7. ^ Calon FM presenters

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