|This article relies on references to primary sources. (May 2008)|
|Broadcast area||Counties Louth & Meath|
|Frequency||95.8 and 95.5 MHz|
LMFM is an independent Local Radio station in Ireland. It is also the largest Local radio station outside of Dublin and Cork broadcasting to a population in excess of 300,000 adults. Media group UTV bought the station in a deal worth about €10 million in 2005.
LMFM broadcasts on a number of frequencies, the main being either 95.8FM or 95.5FM. The station is licensed by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland to service both Counties Louth & Meath. The station also has a strong listenership in counties Dublin, Cavan, Monaghan and Armagh in Northern Ireland. Its 95.5 MHz transmitter is notable significantly outside its franchise area, in County Dublin.
LMFM came to be after the clampdown on illegal radio activities in the late 1980s by the Irish government and the awarding of a legal licence to cover the Louth/Meath area. Independent Media Broadcasting won the licence to provide the service. Most of the on-air staff they went on to hire such as Ray Stone, Eddie Caffrey, Daire Nelson & Dermot Finglas were DJs from the pirate days of Radio Carousel & Boyneside Radio.
In 1997 LMFM attempted to attract a larger volume of listeners in the North Dublin & East Meath area by offering an opt-out station with studios in Clonee Co. Meath. The new venture was called "Fresh 95.5FM".
LMFM was successful when it reapplied to keep its current licence in 2003 and was again awarded a licence to providing a radio service to the Louth/Meath/. LMFM are currently based in purpose studios in Drogheda, Co. Louth.