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A selection of 'Heroes & Villains' at GTFM's Fundraising Party Night held at Ponty RFC on Friday 17th May



Craig Parry's guests on Bank Holiday Monday Breakfast

(May 6th 2013) were come-back 80's band

'The Look', pictured below in the GTFM studio, including live acoustic tracks

Find out more about them by following these links: 


and hear the interview again via:




Opening the Church Village Community Route

(at 10am on 8th August 2010)

This new pedestrian and cycle track runs along the route of the Church Village Bypass and is now open. It goes from Cross Inn in the West to Tonteg in the East. It will shortly extend to Upper Boat and Sustrans hopes it will eventually connect to the Taff Trail

Ioan Dyer observed the opening ceremony at Cross Inn on behalf of Gtfm. The photos were kindly provided by RCTCBC.

As the clock ticked closer to 10am cyclists gathered patiently


The ribbon was cut by Jane Davidson, who is not only Pontypridd's AM and Assembly Environment Minister, but also a keen cyclist and supporter of Sustrans the cycling charity which helped plan and publicise this new route. Jane was accompanied by Cllr Russell Roberts (centre) who is Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and Cllr Andrew Morgan, RCT's Cabinet Member for Transport, Customer Care and Emergency Planning

A plaque celebrates the opening of the new Community Route

The first cyclists set off, bound for Tonteg


The '888' Church Village Bypass Walk

(8km from 11am on 8th August 2010)



Gtfm's involvement began with a call to Station Manager Terry Mann from contractor Constain's Community Relations Manager, Brian Greaves, asking him to pass on the message that the road was nearly ready for Gtfm's intrepid charity fundraising volunteer Howard Griffiths to stroll along prior to its official opening to traffic. Costain first met Howard when he asked if he could walk along the Porth Relief Road for charity prior to its opening in 2006:


...then when construction of the Church Village Bypass began three years ago he was in touch again!

Well, on Sunday another dream came true and Howard was delighted to be joined on the walk by two Gtfm colleagues, this time in aid of Gtfm which is a registered charity in its own right.

Literally thousands of other people turned up too, on a cloudy but dry day, to walk along a 4km stretch of the new road and back.

Here is Howard (extreme right) with fellow Gtfm adventurers Alun Jones (left, seated) and Joan 'the phone' Smart (centre),

plus presenter Jamie (standing, left)


....and here they are again from another angle!


Presenters Jamie and Chris in training (as if) for their 'marathon' 4 hour live broadcast on Gtfm!

Walkers gathered for the 11am start. They stretched back from the starting line as far as the eye could see.

Some were in fancy dress too:


Gtfm's Outside Broadcast position for the live radio show was right next to the starting line:

Friday 'drivetime' presenter Jacob Strong


Country presenter Dave Spernaes (left) and whizzo sound editor Jonathan James


Jamie - larking about - AGAIN!


Doves were released at the start of the walk which was officially started by the Mayor of RCT Cllr Simon Lloyd (second from left)


Then - off they went!

Jane Davidson joins in....

It took nearly half an hour for the walkers to pass Gtfm's Roadshow position by the starting arch

...then one of the tail-enders noticed there were no lamposts in the nick of time!


Joan and Howard proving they went all the way to the Tonteg end of the route before returning!


Joan offers encouragement for the return leg of the walk


It was a great multi-generation family event:


And teams also took part from several well known organisations


....a couple of hours later... they've made it!

Howard and everyone else at Gtfm would like to thank Costain and RCT Events Team for making the day such a great success!



Joan 'the phone' at Zippo's Circus (14th July 2010)



Her colleagues on 107.9 thought she was mad to agree to go to Zippo's Circus and have knives

thrown at her for charity - even if that did mean Diabetes Cymru and Gtfm!


And she presented Gtfm's half share of her sponsorship takings to the Station Manager on 10th August

Here's the story of how Joan rasied these much appreciated funds.....


Find out more about Zippo's Circus at  www.zipposcircus.co.uk

Zippo Clowns Beau and Fips

Click here to see more photos from the show on the Zippo website


Joan arrives in a confident mood. Getting her hair done always helps!


Her Sunday morning buddy Howard was there to give moral support


And fellow presenter Mark (left) was already there too because he'd been helping Jamie (right)

who presented his 'Drive Time' show live from the Circus from 4-7pm



Joan's fans Leah and Chloe arrive........



"Introducing Gtfm's Joan - who is a very brave lady......................."


".......because she's agreed to be hand-cuffed to this board and have knives thrown at her!"


... just time to sign the last Will and Testament ... .


Awaiting Joan's fate in the audience is Gtfm ticket competition winner Jean Hyde (centre), her grand daughter (left)

and a junior Zippo clown


Phew .....that didn't hurt a bit!  (All the way through, from behind her blindfold, Joan was heard muttering "mind my hair") Bless!


Splat!  A Zippo's clown thought Mark would benefit from some hair mousse - if thats what it was...!


Well Done and 'Thank You' Joan!




Wendy on-air for Charity!


On the Breakfast Show on Friday 24th September 09, Baz suggested listeners should sponsor a live on-air appearance by Gtfm's Administrator Wendy in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, knowing she had previously avoided all attempts to get her to say something near a microphone, in contrast to her behind the scenes image as someone who is not normally a 'shrinking violet'.....

When the total pledged headed ever closer to 100 pounds at lunchtime she really had no choice..

Click here to hear our Wendy's debut on the wireless, encouraged by Joan and Becci!


Afterwards click the 'Back' button to return to this page.



Gtfm 70's Night - 13th August 2009

Thanks to everyone who came along to our 70's night at Ponty Rugby Club and made it a great success! The fabtastic atmosphere was helped in no small measure by those who dressed upin 1970's gear, with a bottle of bubbly awarded to the winner:

Steve and Trish Nicholls in true '70's style!


Scrumptious grub was provided by Llewellyn Valley Catering @ CF39 Coffee Shop. Brilliant raffle prizes were donated (in no particular order) by: Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, the Co-Op, Gibbons, Mc Coll's and a host of Gtfm colleagues and friends, before being lovingly wrapped by Joan and Julie. Our grateful thanks also extend to The Mayor of Pontypridd for bringing the coolest medallion in the room, Ponty Rugby Club for providing that room - along with it's brilliant bar staff, Spike for the 70's Disco, Kayleigh for the fabulous vocals, Quizmaster Alan with Pat for the mind boggling questions and last, but by no means least, event organiser, "never again" Wendy. Well - until the next time eh Wend?


Pontypridd Town Mayor

says 'Thank You'

Pontypridd's Town Mayor Avril Reed, pictured here with Gold and Bronze medal winning Paralympian Angus Perrites, has asked us to convey her grateful thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this years 'Vintage Transport Day' such a great success (Saturday 8th August). Well done!



Allecia was a live studio guest on Brenda's Country in June 09. Her website is www.allecia.net




17 Year old singer KAELI JENSEN from Utah USA

was Jamie Pritchard's guest on Wednesday 29th April's edition of Drivetime.

Her new single "I Can Fly" was released the previous Monday and you can

find out more about her on her website: www.kaelijensen.com




Chris Sheppard of Rydyfelin won the Giant Thorntons Chocolate Bunny for his son. Left to right: Vicki and Yvonne from Thorntons in Taff Street present the giant bunny to Josh Sheppard and his dad Chris in the presence of GTFM's Mark.

The bunny was the star prize in a week long Drivetime competition. Daily winners received personalised Thorntons Easter Eggs and all entrants went into a draw for the bunny. GTFM's Liz drew the winning name out of the hat on Mark's show on Monday 6th April.



GTFM listener Brenda and her husband George from Treforest met country music legend Kenny Rogers (centre) when he appeared at Cardiff's CIA on Friday 27th March. Brenda won the tickets and the chance to meet Kenny on GTFM's weekly country music programme 'Brendas Country', which was presented for many years until December 2009 by Brenda Evans.



A guest of Andy Fox (Wednesday nights 10pm-midnight) was Neville MacDonald from Ynysybwl, the former frontman of Cardiff based Kooga and 90's band Skin, which had a Top Ten album in 1994 and played at the legendary Monsters of Rock at Donington.




Mark's guest on Monday 23rd March was singer Emma Deigman. Her debut single was featured on the GTFM playlist.



GTFM publicised a number of local fund raising efforts on 'Red Nose Day'. Pictured above are Pontypridd Town Councillors Avril Reed (left) and Gwyneth Whiles, assisted by a colourful bird, who raised 130.00 by organising a 'CLASH 4 CASH', encouraging local people to dress up in as many non-matching colours as possible. When they dropped in to the station we snapped them in front of our bright orange logo. Ouch! RCT HOMES also carried out fund raising events all day - and by 6pm had collected 1,726.00. Well done indeed!





The Fare Trade Flag came to Rhondda Cynon Taf as part of its journey around all local authority areas in Wales, prior to arriving in Cardiff on St.David's Day. Kath Rickards from Pontypridd Fair Trade Group dropped in to tell us about her journey through The County Borough with the flag. Click here to hear an mp3 recording of her chat with GTFM's Liz Brown.

Photo from Left to Right: Freddie (aged 2), Grandmum Kath Rickards and GTFM's Jenny Munnelly



Joan and her friend Julie are celebrating raising 920.48 for the Special Baby Care Unit at The University Hospital of Wales through a Grand Charity Night featuring the Mike Davies Trio at the Robertstown Hotel in Ynysbwl, bespite dreadful weather.






The Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf, County Borough Councillor Margaret Davies told GTFM's Becci

why she chose the BHF as one of her special charities this year on the Breakfast Show.


Becci then spent the day reporting live from local organisations which joined in....

...including Health with Herbs in Taff Street Pontypridd, which has organised a raffle for the cute teddy in the picture.

You've still got time to enter because it closes at the end of February...


There were Love Messages in the window of the BHS Shop in Taff Street, Pontypridd.


Yummy home made cakes on offer at a special Coffee Morning at Rhydyfelin Library.


The staff at Argos in Pontypridd joined in...


...as did participants at the special Cardiac Exercise Classes held at Llantrisant Leisure Centre.


The team at the Riverside Day Centre in Pontypridd had read about the GTFM day in Becci's Observer column.


Participants at the Riverside Day Centre wearing specially made heart badges and enjoying!

For more details of how you can organise a similar day on behalf of the BHF see the Home Page



The Texan singer was Mark Andrews' guest on Friday 13th, not an unlucky day for him then!




A Rhondda Snowman.

Many thanks to Welsh Language presenter Gary Ellis for this picture, reminding us of what

the weather was like in the County Borough in the first half of February 09!


Alun Jones met rugby legend JJ Williams (right) in February for his Friday night show



Yes - Howard can smile!



Howard Griffiths arrives at the Eddie Cochrane Memorial on his charity scooter ride

Jeff Wayne (centre) with Spike & Ally Mark And Rhian Grundy - Drivetime (13/09/07)
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Boz and Jamie (Quantize Friday & Saturday Night)
Joan's Jukebox
Mark Andrews with singer Amy Wadge (Drivetime) Howard Rees (Highly Strung Tuesday nights)
Mark with Joshua Jones (Drivetime) Norm (Blues show Monday Night)
Stan and Wilf (Showcase Wales) Bob (Blues show Monday Night)
GTFM's Ian Edwards interviewing Matt Neal Brenda (Country Show on Sunday)

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