Wiggy exits Real after 8 years
Popular Real Radio Wales afternoon show presenter Steve Wiggins has left the station after more than 8 years on air there.
The departure of 'Wiggy' has prompted a Facebook group and several complaints to the station.
As part of a line-up reshuffle at Real – which went national across the whole of Wales on FM in January – Chris Moore moves to afternoons with Jason Harrold taking over the 10am-1pm slot where Chris has been since the station's launch more than a decade ago.
The [link=http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_123173404423822]Facebook page[/link] set up ahead of Wiggy leaving on Friday declares: "Real Radio has always prided itself on how in touch they are with their loyal listeners, however, this is obviously no longer the case. Hasn't anyone at Real Radio hear of the expression 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it?!!!'", while one [link=http://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/blogs/8963702.Real_Radio_Farce_as_Wiggy_Departs/]blogger[/link] called it a 'farce'.
Wiggy told RadioToday.co.uk: "I very much enjoyed my time working at Real Radio Wales and I am still a little baffled by GMG's decision as the show was doing so well and constantly adding to its figures, both in the afternoons and Saturday Breakfast Shows, we'd just had fantastic RAJAR figures too. I was told that they were more than happy with everything I had done for the company over the past 8 and a half years, and that it was purely a business decision."
He added: "I've covered almost every show since starting at Real Radio Wales – including breakfast for two and a half years and drivetime for three years – and figures have been great for them all. As you can probably gather from the Facebook groups that were set up my show was very popular and very much orientated towards audience participation."
Tony Dowling, Managing Director of Real Radio Wales told us: "On Monday we 'soft launched' some changes to our daytime line-up. This included our longest serving presenter, Chis Moore, moving from the mid-morning show to the afternoon show from 1-4pm while Jason Harrold, who has 'depped' on many occasions across most day-parts for us, joined the station in Chris' old slot 10am-1pm. We are delighted with the line-up and will run a marketing and promotional campaign later in the year once it has bedded in."
He added: "Wiggy has now left the station to pursue other opportunities in which we wish him all the very best."