By Stephen Jones, Jul 30 2018 02:29PM

After weeks of planning the big day arrived, and what a day we had

We are now live on FM, broadcasting to the communities of the Rhondda.

The official FM switch on took place at our studio at the Treorchy and Cwmparc Boys & Girls club on Sunday 29th July 2018 and the big moment happened at 1pm.

Despite the atrocious weather we had a great turnout for the big day with tremendous support from the community and from all walks of life including local businesses, local councillors, the Mayor of RCT, representatives from charitable, community and social enterprises and from the entertainment world we were blessed with the presence of singing star Lloyd Macey who spent a great while signing autographs and chatting and posing for photos with his fans.

We were also honoured to have two stars of the hit BBC 1 drama ‘Keeping Faith’, both from the Rhondda, the very talented Shelley Rees-Owen and up and coming young actor Demi Letherby who did a great job cutting the celebration cake.

Thank you to everyone who braved the weather and celebrated with us, we are your community radio station and look forward to working with you and bringing you great community radio broadcasts.

Thank you to Lloyd Macey for flicking the FM switch and kicking off the celebrations.

Thank you to the Mayor of RCT, councillor Steve Powderhill, for a lovely and uplifting speech and for all his continued support and encouragement for Rhondda Radio and the Rhondda itself.

Thank you to Demi Letherby for cutting the cake.

A big thank you to Mel and the staff at the Boys & Girls club for always being there for us and allowing us use of your lesser hall for our celebrations.

We cannot survive without funding and we would like to say a massive thank you to all the organisations who have helped us with funding and grants over the years. Without your help we would not be here now. Thank you to Pen Y Cymoedd wind farm community fund CIC, Coalfields regeneration trust, National Lottery awards for all, Trivallis, Welsh church act fund, Roundtable, the Rhondda trust, Gwanwyn and Dwr Cymru Welsh water.

Lastly, but not least, thank you to all our hardworking volunteers and directors who made it happen and who work tirelessly to keep Rhondda Radio broadcasting to the Rhondda.

By Stephen Jones, Jul 25 2018 11:30AM

From Esther Nagle's Post:

Rhondda Yoga

Off to the park for an hour with Marcus before my practice run at Rhondda Radio, ahead of the launch at the weekend, and my new role as presenter of “Well-being Wednesday “

If you do any work in the Rhondda area to support people’s well-being in ANY way, and would like to come on the show and tell the listeners about it, please get in touch. I *could* talk for 2 hours every week on the subject of wellbeing but I’m sure it would be much more interesting if we can learn about all the amazing things that are going on in the valley.

By Stephen Jones, Jul 14 2018 09:22AM


There is a monthly market, held on the 2nd Saturday of each month between 9am & 1pm, to promote and sell local produce and crafts. A variety of items are available from fresh coffee roasted in Treorchy, freshly baked bread, organic meat & vegetables to cushions and bags.

This month (14th July) they have -

Marie Salway cushions

Memories & Cwtches

Made to Melt

The Love Clay Co

Spicy Racks

Hatters Home Decor & Tea Room

Men's Sheds, Porth, Wooden Items

Kirsty's Flowers

Two Dogs Coffee

Rhondda Rarebit

Flapjack Fairy

The Potting Shed of Penrhiwfer

Vale Cider

Mynydd Tylacoch Honey

Caner Bach Farm Eggs & Sausages

Men's Sheds, Treorchy, Fruit & Veg

Truly Scrumptious

By Stephen Jones, Jul 12 2018 05:15PM

Rhondda Radio

Published by Emyr Webster · 9 July at 13:02 ·

We’re almost there! A few more tweaks and we’ll be ready to launch on FM at the end of July. We’re looking forward to working with our friends at GTFM to bring community radio to a larger audience in the valleys.

We wouldn’t have been able to do it if it wasn’t for many people helping along the way. A big thanks you our engineer Andy Bantock . He has been invaluable, and we love having him visit our lovely valley 😊 We’d also like to thank Amgen Rhondda who have helped us with our transmitter.

Also a big thanks to John from John Lewis Access Hire. Our ladders simply wouldn’t reach 😊 If you are doing a job at height, why not give John a ring or visit his website. He’ll get you up there!

And last, but by no means least, the Treorchy and Cwmparc Boys and Girls Club. The club has been a great help over the past few years and thanks to Kath for her support and to Mel, who works tirelessly to keep the club going.

Rhondda Radio, launching on 106.1fm soon!

By Stephen Jones, Jul 9 2018 12:36PM

Hello and welcome to our new Rhondda Radio blog.

Here you will find updated news and info.

The wait is over. We have been given the go ahead by OfCom to broadcast on the FM waveband on the 106.1 frequency.

We will initially be broadcasting to the Rhondda Fawr but are in talks with OfCom to install another antenna to cover the Rhondda Fach. We are hopeful we will get the green light from OfCom and finally be able to provide a great FM quality sound to both valleys.

We will be holding an official launch party on Sunday 29th July at the Treorchy & Cwmparc boys and girls club Treorchy, our radio HQ.

The event takes place from 12-5pm with the big switch on at 1pm by Lloyd Macey.

There will be refreshments and a chance to meet the faces behind Rhondda Radio.

All welcome.


In the meantime you can still enjoy your favourite community radio station by listening online on your mobile devices and computers and laptops.

Keep checking back for more news.

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