by PG Strange
Feb. 27, 2013
EXMOUTH'S BAY FM is go! The town's not-for-profit community radio station says it aims to be on air full time for the next five years from Good Friday (29 March). Test transmissions on its new frequency of 106.4FM are due to begin on Friday 15 March…
News of Bay FM's launch date came as it confirmed that following its successful application to UK communications regulator Ofcom for a five-year Community Radio licence, a new frequency number has now been cleared for the station to use.
In addition, East Devon District Council has backed an application for Bay FM's 20m radio mast to be located at Withycombe Raleigh Common. The new mast will allow the Exmouth station to broadcast to a wider area, including Budleigh Salterton, Woodbury, Lympstone and Ottery.
"We had to wait for Ofcom to clear our new frequency number – which I can now confirm is 106.4 FM – and the site for our new transmitter," explained station manager Andy Green. "We wanted to get our mast in this location because we recognised that surrounding areas are underserved by local radio, so we're really pleased to be able to serve these areas better now from this location."
Seven years' hard work
Andy co-founded Bay FM with his partner Julie in 2006. Since then the station has broadcast two-week trial FM broadcasts – coinciding with the annual Exmouth Festival – as well as an online service.
"We've been planning this for seven years," said Andy. "We've had to jump through so many hoops to get it. It's amazing that we are finally launching full-time after seven years' hard work.