A LITTLE radio station has been given a big boost from Ofcom - but two others missed out.
Glan Clwyd Radio, based at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, has been granted a licence by the government office of communications, upgrading the organisation to a community radio station.
This means the station is now licensed to broadcast to the wider Bodelwyddan community for up to five years, but applications by neighbouring operations, Radio FAM in Prestatyn, and Community Radio Wales in St Asaph, were turned down.
Chris Reeves, studio manager for Glan Clwyd Radio, said: “We’re very pleased. This means quite a lot for the station. We specialise for people over the age of 45 as a lot of radio stations don’t cater for their tastes.
“As local radio has taken a it of a knock over the years, we would like to continue as we are, providing a service to the community and the hospital.”
Volunteers at Glan Clwyd Radio, a non-commercial station, recently took part in a 12 hour marathon live program as part of National Hospital Radio Week which ran until April 7.
Station supporters also helped bring Easter to the youngsters on the children’s ward with gifts of chocolate eggs, while presenters went out in the mobile studio to cover a friendly match between Conwy FC and the cast of Hollyoaks.
Volunteer Brenda Jones said: “We need more people to come forward and offer their services to be ward visitors for Radio Glan Clwyd. Ward visitors help with spreading the word - we love to have their requests from the wards. The number to ring for an application form if you are interested in joining our cheerful crew is 01745 584229.”