TODAY sees the relaunch of Radio Cardiff, the capitals community radio station and only local radio station and the only station broadcasting exclusively to the city.
Radio Cardiff has over 100 volunteers producing and presenting a packed schedule of music and chat to an estimated audience of 26,000 each week. Known for its MOBO influences, almost a decade of broadcasting has seen the station evolve to include arts, heritage, and well-being programming as well as a broad range of other musical tastes.
Earlier this year, VCS Cymru, Cardiff’s social action charity, took the reins at the station following almost a decade of broadcasting by the stations founding members. In the hands of VCS Cymru, Radio Cardiff has been secured as a volunteer based venture for the future, supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Lloyds Bank Foundation and commercial advertising revenue.
The relaunch comes in line with the stations refreshed schedule and launch of a community focused website and online presence.
Earlier this year the station scooped the MMG Best Radio Station 2017, a prestigious business award covering Wales and the South West of England.
Donna Zammit, Head of Radio said:
“I’m delighted to be able to share the refreshed Radio Cardiff with our audience today. More than 10 years of work has gone into creating a strong community station for Cardiff. The founders have done a great job in building its reputation and now with VCS’s help, we will further root Radio Cardiff in our ever-changing communities.
We’re very much at the start of a new chapter in Radio Cardiff’s life, and are looking forward to the possibilities on and off air.”
Jeremy Rees, Director of VCS Cymru said:
“Since adopting Radio Cardiff into the VCS family, we have worked hard to ensure it is meeting its key commitments but more importantly that it is working for the community it serves. I’m proud to be relaunching the station today, with a bright future that will, I expect, see a richness of new talent coming on board.
Our role is to showcase the communities of Cardiff and develop new talent, something that VCS has been doing for over 50 years in the city. I’m looking forward to strengthening the stations’ role in community life across the city.”
The relaunch includes a refreshed schedule with a stronger focus on topics that matter to the community. New show highlights include:
The Breakfast Show
Monday – Friday, 7.00-9.00am
Packed with local and national news, travel updates and a good old laugh to get your morning off to a flying start. Radio Cardiff veteran JP wakes you up on Mondays, with Kelly RB taking the reins for the rest of the week.
The Feel Good Show
Georgia Thomson (@ThFitDiabetic) talks fitness, well-being, and good deeds, joined by friends from the fitness world each week. For hint’s and tips on feeling great, whatever your ability, join Georgia for The Feel Good Show.
The Monday Mixdown
DJ Lester Luv takes Mondays to a new level with his take on chart favorites and some sneaky pop cheese thrown in for good measure.
Jady J’s Divine Intervention
Celebrity spiritual healer Lady J, brings a slice of the supernatural to the people of Cardiff with personal readings live on air.
The relaunched website at www.radiocardiff.org includes a what’s on guide covering community events, arts, heritage and music gigs from across the city, the stations’ schedule and information on shows and presenters.
Radio Cardiff, based at the VCS Cymru Community Media Studios, celebrates 10 years of broadcasting later this year and will be announcing events leading up to the anniversary shortly.
Notes to editors
Established in 1964, Volunteer Community Services Cardiff (later Cymru) was the first local volunteering service to be established in the UK, outside of London.
For over 50 years VCS Cymru has been enabling the most disadvantaged to engage with their communities, facilitating the positive health and well-being of individuals and the places they call home, through community media, heritage and supported volunteering projects.
Radio Cardiff is the city’s award-winning local community radio station, showcasing the best of the capital city, on FM, online and on mobile.
Each week over 100 volunteers share their passion for music and the communities that make Cardiff a home. The station began broadcasting 12 hours a day on the 7th October 2007, and has since become a 24-hour station, the only one of its kind in the city.
The broadcast license for Radio Cardiff is owned and operated by Voluntary Community Service (Cymru) Limited, a charity registered in England and Wales. Charity Registration No.1066371.