A new era for Valleys radio

Gwent Gazette

A RADIO station is returning to our valleys in the form of Mountain FM.The new station presenters will broadcast from the original Valleys Radio Station at Festival Park, Ebbw Vale.

A new era for Valleys radio

A RADIO station is returning to our valleys in the form of Mountain FM.The new station presenters will broadcast from the original Valleys Radio Station at Festival Park, Ebbw Vale.

For the time being the broadcasts will only be available online.

The official launch of Mountain FM will take place at midday on Monday, February 1.

You can catch the launch and future broadcasts by logging onto www.mountainfm.co.uk.

The Rev John Curtis, who preaches at the Festival Church, is taking over the running of the station.

He is receiving help and support from his wife Dale, son Adrian and close friend and IT expert Johnny Jones.

The team are in talks with Ofcom to get their station on the airwaves.

“Research shows that only 40 per cent of people living in the valleys have access to broadband internet,” Rev Curtis said.

“In many senses it is quite frustrating to have these excellent studios and facilities and only be able to broadcast online.

“Saying that I am very confident that we will be able to get a licence from Ofcom.

“Even a community licence would be good news, we could start covering Ebbw Vale and then another valley such as Merthyr.”

The team behind Mountain FM, who have used the phrase “taking you higher” as their slogan, is determined to make their station a service for the valleys.

“We want to develop it slowly,” Rev Curtis said.

“We want to listen to what people want and design the studio around that.

“People were disappointed when Valleys Radio went and I have spoken to a lot of people who are very pleased at the news that we are operating from here.

“It is a very small operation at the moment but I am confident that when people log on they will find something worthwhile.“

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