Howard Griffiths / Presenter

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It is with very great sadness veteran GTFM broadcaster Howard Griffiths passed away on Friday 23rd December 2022, after a very short illness, at the age of 77.
A retired train driver, Howard’s been volunteering at the local radio station throughout its entire life of more than 20 years and is probably best known for his warm and cheery on-air style and massive passion for ‘Golden Oldie’ music, especially from the 1960’s.
He will also be missed by many in Pontypridd and beyond for the enormous amount of charity work he did, collecting huge amounts of money over the years for a great many charitable causes, including GTFM, for which he’s appeared as a very convincing Santa in recent years, complete with real white beard.
Find out more about Howard below.

Howard (also known as Griff) had been with GTFM for almost 20 years and was considered to be part of the furniture.

He loved getting out and about within our community meeting new people and couldn’t walk down the high street without being stopped for a chat!

Howard went full steam ahead with his ambition to become a DJ when he retired from his job on the railways. His natural talent for talking was spotted after he did an interview about 1950 and 60s music on the University of Glamorgan’s Fusion Radio and was asked to present a show. When the University teamed up with GTFM’s founders to start the full-time station Howard had a regular cookery spot on his Afternoon show.

He presented  Sunday Breakfast (8-10 am), and Retro Shows on Sunday (10 am-1pm) for many years as well as some Thursdays (7-9 pm), plus many other appearances across the schedule.

Originally from Worcester, Howard spent many years in Liverpool where he drove trains and spent time talking to local people and sharing memories of the Merseybeat era.

He had lived in Pontypridd since 1980.


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