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Remembering Alun Jones

Our Tribute to Alun Jones – A Ponty Rugby Show Special presented by Ioan Dyer  – as broadcast on Sunday 19th & Friday 24th May will be available to hear on-line and download shortly – watch this space.

In my experience  Alun Jones, who died recently, was a kind, sincere and loyal man who would do anything to help others. And the hundreds who attended his funeral was proof, if that were needed, a lot of other people felt the same way about him.

Of course, he is best known for his lifelong love of Rugby and in particularly several decades as a supporter of Pontypridd RFC where he became a valued main board member.

He was an excellent communicator and experienced negotiator with a genuine love of people, which also made him a natural broadcaster.

The team at GTFM got to know and love him both as a presenter over many years and as a Trustee from 2008-2014, during which he spent a time as Chairman. His playful, dry sense of humour came in handy to keep our spirits up as our grant funding fell away due to government ‘austerity’, presenting serious challenges. After one small piece of good news he proclaimed: “There is light at the end of the tunnel….lets hope its not an oncoming train!”

Over his long period as a volunteer presenter Alun hosted weekday daytime programmes as well as sports output, until his MS stopped him driving. Luckily we managed to keep his ‘Ponty Rugby Show’ discussion programme on-air by relocating it to Ponty RFC’s clubhouse, which also added a genuine rugby club ‘atmosphere’ to the show, making it possible for more players to appear as well as a host of celebrity guests over the years. On occasions when the clubhouse wasn’t available we’d record the show at Alun’s house and I must express heartfelt thanks to Ann for always welcoming us with a smile and cup of tea whatever she really thought of us invading her space  with all our inevitably untidy recording equipment.

We recorded this tribute programme featuring most of Alun’s regular Ponty Rugby Show team and several guests on Friday 17th May at the clubhouse immediately prior to the final game of the Principality Premiership season against Merthyr.

Rest in Peace Alun. It was an honour to know you.

Terry Mann

Station Manager, on behalf of all your friends at GTFM