BBC Radio Wales is hoping to pull in extra listeners in south east Wales with the switching on of a new FM transmitter.
Thousands of people in Bridgend, the Vale of Glamorgan and the Gwent Valleys can now get the station on 103.9 FM instead of only on medium wave.
The transmitter at Wenvoe, which also broadcasts Welsh language station Radio Cymru and the BBC’s network stations, went live with Radio Wales at 10.39am today (Tuesday).
Gareth Lewis, who has recently taken his place at the helm of drivetime news programme Good Evening Wales, visited the transmitter to check all was in order for the switchover, and to meet members of Arqiva who’ve been working to get the transmitter ready for the changeover.
Gareth told RadioToday.co.uk: “I’m from Bridgend, so I’m delighted that people in the area will be able to get a much clearer FM signal on 103.9, and I hope people who may not have found the station yet will tune in to see what it’s all about.”
Areas expected to benefit from the new FM frequency include Maesteg, Blackwood, Cowbridge, Ferndale, Treharris, and Ogmore Vale.