Rhondda AM Leanne Wood has congratulated volunteers of a local radio station on their launch on the FM band after being awarded a community radio license by Ofcom.
Rhondda Radio was one of nine successful bidders to Ofcom for a prestigious FM licence last year. Since then they have been preparing for the launch which will allow them to reach many more households in the Rhondda.
Ms Wood said: “I want to wish Rhondda Radio every success for the future as they enter a new chapter in their development.
“It has been a much-loved station for its mix of popular music and local news broadcast over the internet. It has also been a regular presence at community events over the years such as the recent Macmillan cancer charity walk around the Rhondda.
“Thanks to this FM Licence, Rhondda Radio will be able to broadcast to many more people and gain new followers. They will also be able to keep listeners informed of local events. This is a big boost for the Rhondda.”
Leanne added: “The hard work and determination of everyone at Rhondda Radio should be acknowledged. They had been waiting for seven years for Ofcom to announce their plan to invite community radio stations to apply for an FM license, but their persistence and determination has paid off when they were awarded the license."
To ensure they go from strength-to-strength, they need more volunteers to come forward and cover a variety of roles from presenting, to production and general admin.
Anyone who would like to give some time to the station can do so by getting in touch with the station manager Lee Cole by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org