From its official launch on Sunday 29th July 2018, Rhondda Radio is providing a new local radio service, particularly in the upper part of the main Rhondda Valley.
Where reception of the new station overlaps with GTFM’s coverage it offers residents a choice of non-BBC/non-commercial radio stations for the first time. But its also bringing local radio to some places in Upper Rhondda where its not been possible to receive a local FM station before.
Broadcasting from studios in Treorchy and a nearby transmitter, on 106.1 FM, Rhondda Radio is a community radio station which is not part of GTFM but works in partnership with us. Its programming features a mix of local information and music including some programmes catering for specialist interests. Eventually it hopes to extend its coverage to include the upper Rhondda Fach, via a relay transmitter* in the Ferndale area.
Meanwhile GTFM, which has always served an area including Pontypridd, Porth and the lower part of the main Rhondda valley extending to Tonypandy hopes to improve its reception in the lower Rhondda Fach immediately adjacent to Porth with a relay transmitter*.
GTFM is pleased to support Rhondda Radio’s all-volunteer service by providing it with a local news bulletin service, our weekday ‘Valleys Breakfast Show’ (6-10am) and commercial sales support.
For more than 16 years, GTFM’s newsroom has been reporting local news stories from an editorial area encompassing the whole of RCT County Borough, plus significant stories from neighbouring and other parts of Wales. Our news policy also features a ‘mission to explain’ the role played in local lives by local councils and the National (Welsh) Assembly, as more and more powers are devolved from Westminster to Welsh Government control.
GTFM news is usually broadcast hourly on our own station and for several years has also been provided to Rhondda Radio when it operated as an on-line station, plus another online service in Penywaun.
People with local news stories from the new Rhondda Radio area should therefore continue to send them to the GTFM Newsroom
(email: firstname.lastname@example.org /Phone 01443 406111)
From now on GTFM’s advertising clients wishing their adverts to also be heard (via Rhondda Radio) over an extended area including Treorchy, Treherbert and neighbouring areas beyond Tonypandy will be able to book joint station airtime through a single transaction with GTFM: (email: email@example.com or phone 01443 406111).
Meanwhile Rhondda Radio will sell its own local area advertising in its core coverage area and will also be able to offer upper Rhondda advertisers joint advertising packages including GTFM.
GTFM, which pioneered not-for-profit community radio in Wales, is delighted to welcome Rhondda Radio to the FM radio dial as it expands listener choice in the area and brings genuine local radio to new locations.
*The establishment of relay transmitters is subject to Ofcom approval