Forty years after presenting the news on Radio Cymru’s first morning, journalist Gwyn Llewelyn returned to the station today to read the news.
The station’s 40th birthday is today, January 3rd, but celebrations will continue throughout the year.
Also today, Hywel Gwynfryn, who presented Helo Bobol during Radio Cymru’s first morning in 1977, joined the celebrations on the Aled Hughes programme at 8.30am. Dei Tomos and Richard Rees will also be guests – and both joined the station from the beginning.
The celebrations will continue on Bore Cothi, as Shân Cothi looks back at 40 years of Radio Cymru with some of the station’s most familiar voices. Delwyn Siôn, who sang the very first song on Radio Cymru, returns to perform a session.
The Tommo programme will feature music from 1977 and 2017 – and Geraint Lloyd will introduce Iestyn Tyne, Poet of the Month, who will present a special poem to celebrate Radio Cymru’s anniversary. Presenter Ger will also be talking to someone celebrating their 40th birthday, on the same day as Radio Cymru.
Broadcaster Huw Edwards says: “I can remember Radio Cymru’s launch in 1977; it was a momentous occasion in our house in Llangennech! Dad refused to switch off the radio for hours on end, every day! But I remember listening to news programmes of a very high standard and enjoying the service created for us, Welsh speakers. Welsh-language television wasn’t as it is now and Radio Cymru has played a vital part in supporting and promoting the Welsh language. I feel the changes made over the last few years have strengthened the service. Here’s to the next 40 at least!”
Huw Stephens, a familiar voice on Radio Cymru and Radio 1 says: “Radio Cymru has played an important part in the Welsh music scene, supporting musicians and uncovering emerging talent and new songs for the listeners – whether it’s for folk music fans, middle of the road or classical. It’s a pleasure to be part of the station which reflects Wales, and attracts listeners all over the world.”
Radio Cymru’s Editor, Betsan Powys says: “I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to Radio Cymru’s success over the last 40 years. The station’s anniversary is an important milestone for Welsh broadcasting. We’re now looking forward to a special year, as we look back and celebrate the talent and loyalty of the past. But the focus, of course, will be on the future, as we continue to innovate, entertain and provide the best programmes for our audiences.”
Looking back at 40 years of broadcasting, Hywel Gwynfryn, one of Radio Cymru’s first presenters says, “Although the technology has changed over the years, our aim remains the same – entertaining our audiences. And Radio Cymru offers that variety. It’s like the menu in a restaurant, you won’t like everything on the radio – but there’s something on the menu for everyone.”