Radio Carmarthenshire

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Radio Carmarthenshire is an Independent Local Radio station broadcasting to Carmarthenshire. It is owned and operated by Nation Broadcasting and broadcasts on 97.1 and 97.5 FM from studios near the St Hilary transmitter in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Radio Carmarthenshire
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Broadcast areaCarmarthenshire
Frequency97.1 MHz (Carmarthenshire), 97.5 MHz (Carmarthen and Llanelli)
SloganYour Music, Your Station
Programming
FormatAdult Contemporary
Ownership
OwnerNation Broadcasting
History
First air date
13 June 2004
Links
Websiteradiocarmarthenshire.com

The station plays chart music from the 1980s to the present day, alongside local news, weather, travel and community information.

HistoryEdit

Following the successful launch of Radio Pembrokeshire in 2002, the owners, led by Keri Jones, founded Radio Carmarthenshire in mid-2003 in order to bid for the Carmarthenshire licence. Another applicant, Carmarthenshire Sound (led by The Wireless Group - owners of the Swansea-based stations 96.4 The Wave and Swansea Sound) withdrew from the bidding process, leaving Radio Carmarthenshire unopposed.[1]

The station began broadcasting on Sunday 13 June 2004 from Radio Pembrokeshire's Narberth studios. Four months after launch, the station was given a yellow card warning by the broadcasting regulator OFCOM, following complaints about the levels of Welsh language programming as it broadcast no Welsh language content.[2][3]

In August 2006, the station was sold to Town & Country Broadcasting (now Nation Broadcasting).

In September 2016, Nation Broadcasting announced plans to relocate Radio Carmarthenshire and its two sister services from the Narberth studios to the group's headquarters near the St Hilary transmitter on the outskirts of Cowbridge.[4] The station switched broadcasting to the St Hilary studios at 10 am on Tuesday 22 November 2016, although the Narberth site is retained as a studio for digital multimedia marketing and sales office.

ProgrammingEdit

The majority of Radio Carmarthenshire's output is produced and broadcast from Nation Broadcasting's St Hilary studios. Most programming and presenters is shared with sister stations Radio Ceredigion, Radio Pembrokeshire, Bridge FM and Swansea Bay Radio.[5]

Presenter-led shows air from 6 am to 10 pm on Monday–Thursdays, 6 am to 7 pm on Fridays, 6 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and 6 am to 7 pm on Sundays.

A weekly farming affairs programme airs on Sunday mornings, alongside the weekly rugby magazine show Rugby Nation and a weekly hour-long Welsh language music programme on Sunday evenings.

NewsEdit

Local news bulletins air hourly from 6:02 am to 6:02 pm on weekdays and 8:02 am to 12:02 pm at weekends with headlines on the half-hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime. As of June 2016, the station's news bulletins are provided by independent company Radio NewsHub in Leeds.[6]

Radio Carmarthenshire also airs national Sky News Radio bulletins 24 hours a day and detailed local weather forecasts on the half-hour.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Carmarthen Sound withdraw licence application".
  2. ^ Radio station criticised on Welsh, BBC News, 20 October 2004
  3. ^ "Gorsaf Radio'n bradychu pobl Sir Gâr".
  4. ^ Jobs at risk as Nation Broadcasting plans to relocate stations, bbc.co.uk, 14 September 2016
  5. ^ Radio Carmarthenshire public file
  6. ^ Nation Broadcasting signs deal with Radio NewsHub, RadioToday, 3 June 2016
  7. ^ Radio Carmarthenshire public file

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°47′53″N 4°44′35″W / 51.798047°N 4.743004°W / 51.798047; -4.743004