Welcome to Ocean FM - your new radio station for North Down, playing great music & bringing you local news from where you live. We serve the wide & varied community of North Down, including Bangor, Holywood & Donaghadee, taking in parts of the Ards peninsula too.
What is Ocean FM?
Ocean FM is a new radio station for the North Down area of Northern Ireland. The station has been created by a team of radio professionals who believe passionately that North Down deserves its own local radio station to keep you up to date with whats going on throughout your community & provide the soundtrack to the unique North Down life.
When do you go on FM & not just online?
OfCom, the industry regulator have just placed a call for applications under the "Community Radio" licensing scheme for Northern Ireland. Ocean are currently in the process of preparing an application under this scheme, which we will submit in June 2012. We hope to have a decision from OfCom by the end of 2012. Meantime, listen out for our "RSL" (28 day test broadcast) soon - find us on Facebook & be the first to know!
Who is behind Ocean?
Ocean is the brainchild of a commercial & BBC radio veteran, with 8 years industry experience programming major commercial stations across the UK, mainly in coastal areas. This individual has recruited a number of local personalities & professionals to bring together an amazing new station with huge local focus, in which the community can get involved. Why not join us & be part of it?
Don't we already have local radio?
In a word - No! Other full time stations in our area either focus on Belfast or are trying to cover the whole of Northern Ireland. You may also be aware of an exisiting community license applicant for Bangor, however this station has not broadcast any content since its license award & the Ocean FM team maintain there is still a strong case for a full time community radio station not only in Bangor, but in the wider community of North Down.
What can I do to make it happen?
Aside from the on-air stuff, there are a whole wealth of things to be done to get a station on air & keep it going. Just a few of the things we need help with are airtime sales, community relations, fundraising & administation. If you have skills in any of these areas, or for that matter in anything else which you think might help help us & you have some spare time, do please get in touch. We'd love to have you on board.