is a local radio
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station that broadcasts to parts of the northwest of Ireland
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. The station covers the area of south County Donegal
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, north County Leitrim
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and most of County Sligo
and it broadcasts into parts of south-west County Fermanagh
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. It started broadcasting on 1 October 2004, replacing North West Radio
North West Radio was a radio station that broadcast to south County Donegal, north County Leitrim and throughout County Sligo from 1989 to 2004. It was a sister station of Mid-West Radio and was replaced by Ocean FM. The station had studios in Sligo Town and Donegal Town.Throughout its history,...
(NWR). The station broadcasts from three separate locations, one in each county:
- Donegal Town
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- Manorhamilton (North Leitrim)
-Transport:Collooney is located just off the N4 and N17 roads, having been bypassed twice, by the N4 in 1998, and the N17 in 1992, and is the meeting point of both roads. The town was a significant railway centre, with no less than three railway stations...
Locally owned and locally operated, Ocean FM serves all adults in Co. Sligo, South Donegal and North Leitrim.
Their shareholders include many of the leading business people and sports personalities in the region.
They broadcast news, sports, current affairs, special interest programmes across parts of the northwest.
Every week two thirds of all adults in their franchise area tune in to Ocean FM and the station has up to four times more listeners than their nearest rival at peak listening times.
Ocean FMs largest audience is in the 25-55 age group with a day time music mix that appeals particularly to this demographic.
Daytime programming is complemented by specialist music programming in the evening that appeals to older and to younger listeners.
The Ocean FM news and sport team is well known across the region and keeps their listeners up to date with bulletins tailored for South Donegal and Sligo/North Leitrim.
Ocean FM covers sports events across the region with live commentary at key matches involving teams from all three counties.
Studios in Colloney, Co.Sligo, Donegal Town and Manorhamilton allow them to broadcast to communities in every corner of their franchise area.
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