In the Beginning
YAG102.5FM first broadcast to Edenderry in June 2014. The station was a project involving Cara Media Services and the Edenderry Youth Action Group. The idea was first suggested by one of the young members of the Youth Action Group in 2013. The license was granted to Midlands Regional Youth Services who had very kindly agreed to sponsor the station. The license application was submitted to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) in February 2014 and the license contract signed in June of that year.
The idea behind the station was to give young people the opportunity to experience the medium of radio be it presenting a show or producing a show or just helping out in the radio studio. Before the station came on air a lot of training was provided by Cara Media Services using a temporary radio studio located in games room in the Edenderry Youth Café.
YAG102.5FM came on the air for a week in June & December 2014 and a further week in March 2015. From the start the station was a huge success. The local business community supported the station and local community groups flocked to the station to talk about their organizations. On our last day of Broadcasting in March 2015 and the station broadcast live from the local St Patrick’s Day Parade. This brought the station onto the streets of Edenderry and great craic was had. All of the studio equipment, transmission gear, station imaging and coms equipment was provided to the station rent free by Cara Media Services.
The station returned again in December 2015 this time coming on the air every weekend for fifteen weeks. By now the station had moved out of the Youth Café and into a suite of rooms kindly supplied by the Parish Council. A fully broadcast state of the art studio was installed as well as a top spec transmission facility.
Along side our FM transmissions, for the second license run we added a live stream to our website. This meant that our broadcasts could now be heard worldwide. The station got listeners from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, The United States of America and even Japan.
If the first license run was a success the second went way past our wildest dreams. 70% of the shows broadcast on the service were presented and produced by young members of our community. New imaging and PR products were bought as well as a slight change of the stations logo.
Operation Transformation & Little Wishes
YAG102.5FM Teamed up with RTEs Operation Transformation to raise money for Little Wishes a local charity here in Edenderry who grant wishes to many worthy recipients. By the end of our operation transformation we raised over €400 for Little Wishes. On the last week of RTEs Operation Transformation RTE cameras arrived in Edenderry to film our station and all the great people of this town who turned out to take part in our Operation Transformation.
The future for YAG102.5FM is bright. At present there are no plans to bring the station back on FM however we are streaming live programs on a Saturday afternoon online only. (see home page)
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