2017 is an exciting year for Rhondda Radio, in July we celebrated our 10th anniversary and this year we are very hopeful of acheiving our goal of finally being granted an FM license.
We are a community radio station originally set up in 2007 as radio CwmNi and despite many obstacles we have survived the harsh times and kept afloat, but only just!
With determination and a lot of hard work the directors and volunteers have persevered and managed to keep the radio brodcasting, albeit on the internet at the moment. Our aim has always been to broadcast on the FM frequency thus allowing us to reach more local listeners who don't use the internet and those who enjoy listening in the car. Things are looking positive and the signs from Ofcom are very encouraging. This may be the year when we really do broacast to the heart of the community.
In the past we could only broadcast to the Rhondda Fawr due to limitations and signal strength from our transmitter. Following on from meetings and consultations with Andy Bantock, who originally helped set up Radio CwmNi, he has given us hope that by using a relay signal from locations in Penrhys, Wattstown and Blaenllechau we would be able to transmit to the communities of Rhondda Fach. However, again due to limitations such as the geographical location of the Rhondda we would still be limited to the distance we could cover. Primarily we would broadcast to the upper Rhondda Fach and Fawr areas but due to the mountains, it will limit reception to the very south of the Rhondda, our community partner GTFM is well received by residents there and we look forward to working closely with them to bring community radio to all our communities.
As a community radio we rely on the support of the public and private businesses to support us financially. The cost of running and maintaining the station are huge and with grants drying up the struggle to stay afloat is getting harder. This is where we need your help. We have set up a scheme called Friends of Rhondda Radio, there is more info on our friends page. Basically for £10 a year you become a member or patron of Rhondda Radio. You can either become an active member playing a part in the broadcasting and running of the radio or a non active member known as a patron. The cost is £10 per annum. Either way your support is invaluable to us and we thank you for that support and look forward to many years of broadcasting to the people of the Rhondda valleys, hopefully on glorious FM. To aid us in our bid for an FM license can we ask you to spare a moment of your time and ask you to complete the ofcom bid form please by clicking on the button link.
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