NEW radio station launched at the Anglesey Show.


Terry Canty

A NEW radio station has hit the airwaves after being launched at the Anglesey Show.

A host of local names and celebrities appeared on stage as MonFM went live at 1pm on Tuesday.

Albert Owen MP and Rhun ap Iorwerth AM joined station chairman Vaughan Evans, vice chairman Tony Wyn Jones and presenter Terry Phipps as the launch was broadcast live on the air in front of a bumper crowd.

Performances from world-famous opera singer Rhys Meirion, vocalist Elin Fflur and band Y Moniars entertained the crowds and kicked the station off in style.

It comes a month after the station first began broadcasting on the 102.5FM frequency from the station in Llangefni.

Vaughan Evans said: “It’s a big relief that we’ve reached this point.

“We’ve been going for three weeks now and it’s been very successful. We’ve also had a lot of people helping out and that’s what we want to be honest.

“We’ve also had Terry Phipps on for the breakfast show and that’s the icing on the cake.”

“We appreciate what everyone had done up to now, it has been very hard work. It’s been a great success and it’s great for the island.”

Tony Wyn Jones said: “The volunteers have given us the most valuable thing they can give us – their time, a part of their life.

“Today we have realised a dream and our aspiration now is to make this service self-sustainable.”

Once the station gains a more stable financial footing, Jones also hopes the social enterprise will also be able to host a community television channel.

Jones added: “We must learn to walk before we can run.

“It’s an idea at the moment.

“We have to first establish a radio station and make it sustainable.”

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