Bob left ‘skool’ at 16 and became an apprentice with GEC Telecommunication in Coventry specialising in Radio and Line Communication.
He then served 14 years in the British Army (Royal Signals) during which he obtained a First Class honours degree in Communications Engineering.
He made a smooth transition into Special Communication/Central Government where he was a World Traveller looking after Emergency Communications for embassies overseas.
His interest in broadcast radio was when he was posted to Ascension Island. He was asked to, initially, look after the MF transmitter for ZD8VR (Volcano Radio). From this acorn, a mighty oak grew (fnar) he Co-Presented a cult show on Volcano Radio called the Six Pack Special, a play on words. You older listeners might remember the Six Five Special on TV.
When he moved back to Wales in 2000, he became a trustee for the Tircoed Village Trust. Community Radio at that time was in its infancy. The trust took a major step and decided to broadcast its first RSL to support the Village Fete. It was such a success that a resident from the village came to us with an open cheque book to allow us to do it again for a month over the Christmas period.
We developed a fantastic working relationship with BBC Wales and Head of News Julie Barton.
Owen Money and Roy Noble broadcast their BBC Wales/Cymru shows from the Radio Tircoed Studio simultaneously.
Bob is proud of the fact that Radio Tircoed has gone from strength to strength and they are now awaiting their third term of Community Radio broadcasting.
"Mike has been broadcasting for 46 years having presented programmes for 210 FM in Reading, Classic Gold and BBC Radio Berkshire. Presently presenting the Breakfast Show on Radio Tircoed and Saturday Sport. Mike has had the story of his life published under the title of "The Trains Don’t Stop There Anymore" Played football until he was well into his 50's. His music tastes are wide ranging, but he is an avid fan of The Big "O". Other interests include golf, nuclear physics, politics."
Mike joined the Radio Tircoed team in October 2017. This was after a 4 year hiatus from community radio, when he previously presented on Oystermouth Radio for two years. His love of music includes collecting vinyl records, going to as many live gigs as he can, and discovering new bands and artists. He presents the Friday Night Indie Club which plays a mix of indie, rock and alternative tracks. The show mainly focuses on new music with a few classics thrown in for good measure.
The RT Rock Show have been plugging away for a number of years now. It was when Mr Carlo Flori decided to join longtime host Martyn Kelly a few years back that things really started to take shape.
With a combined love of rock and metal music stretching from AOR to Extreme Metal, the guys feel like they have a show that will appeal to all.
Both Martyn and Carlo have been fans of ‘the Devils Music’ from a young age and have been good friends since primary school. With years of attending gigs and festivals to playing in various bands both together and separately, they feel that they certainly qualify to bring the noise!
The guys like to have a balance between playing great local and up and coming bands along with all the big new tracks from the genre heavyweights. This along with regular interviews and competition giveaways make up a typical show.
The show can be found on Radio Tircoed 106.5FM every Monday night between 7 and 10pm.
Hello there. I am Janet Francis-Jones and I present Afternoon Delights on a Tuesday afternoon between 1 - 4pm. I have been a part of the Radio Tircoed team since April 2016 when I trained alongside Mike Lewis and worked on the morning show with him until I secured my own slot in November of that year. I was warmly welcomed by everyone and, as a complete rookie to radio presenting, received great training and a warm welcome. Fortunately, as I love to talk, I have settled down and am feeling very much at home behind the mic! It also helps that I love music of all kinds and that is apparent on my show as I play songs from across the decades and from a variety of genres. I often invite guests in for a chat, discuss music and songs, books, television and anything that is in the news that week. I live in Neath, am a retired headteacher and have one son. We are both F1 fans and love to travel. So, every Tuesday afternoon why not turn up the volume, kick back, relax and let the music fill your soul.
Shaun was born in the city of Wolverhampton in the west midlands in 1971 youngest of a family of 5 growing up he loved listening to music a cousin of his fathers had a pub call the boat in Bilston and a small function room were the one day his dad made him a disco out of an old sink unit and 2 record decks and disco lights and he did party’s for the locals who used the pub and new year’s eves were always special as he brought the disco down in to the bar and it went on till the early hours of new year’s morning
moving on a good few years Shaun has been married twice his wife now is called Michelle there both meet in May 2012 and married in October 2013
Shaun always wanted to do radio from a young age his first taste of radio was at Dudley hospital radio at Russell’s hall hospital in Dudley in 2009 were he was there for 11 month then at the time he was at Dudley hospital radio Shaun was asked to team up and do outdoor events with a close friend at the radio hence Pegasus community events was born but the draw of broadcasting was too much and in early 2010 he joined community radio station 101.8fm w.c.r (Wolverhampton community radio)this was short live as at the time Shaun was out of work and going through a divorce he finally got a job in a local hotel so he had to knock it on the head a few months later in July 2010 he manage to join Sandwell hospital radio in west Bromwich and did a show on his day off from work he spent the next 7 years at Sandwell as a presenter and in 2014 was asked to be assistant station manager
then in march 2017 after a week from hell he said at time like this I wished we lived near the sea so his wife said why not as Shaun’s sister lives in Pontardaulais and his wife said why not down by your sister in Swansea and after a bit of research of life and cost of houses in the area him and his wife Michelle moved in September 2017 but with the move he had to say goodbye to Sandwell hospital radio Shaun knew about radio Tircoed as his sister & brother in law told him about the station so he looked at the radio Tircoed Facebook page and sent a message to ask for pointers to hospital stations in the area but he was asked to pop up to the studios for a chat with a mike Lewis station director and Christine Evans the programme controller and the rest is history as they say the show that Shaun dose is called the cheese factory it was an idea that he and a fellow presenter lee Johnson at Sandwell hospital radio was working on but sadly lee passed away in July 2017 so it a tribute to him Shaun says
Shaun loves volunteering at radio Tircoed and says he is 100% committed to the station and he tries his hardest every week to do the best he can for the station although he has a paid job you can listen to Shaun every Tuesday from 6.00 till 8.00pm on the cheese factory playing classic pop songs cheesy pop songs songs you don’t hear much on the radio along with the odd chart hit so join him if you can he love your company
I’m Kevin Regan. I own and run The Colliers Arms in the Swansea Enterprise Park.
I joined Radio Tircoed in March 2017 and Present the Jukebox hits show every Tuesday giving you the chance to win a meal for 4 at the Colliers Arms. That’s all you have to do is request your favorite song.
I also present the Sunday evening Show From 8.00
I ‘ve loved music since a young age. my favorite music is pop and dance, but I also enjoy love music and floor fillers.
I enjoy working at Radio Tircoed. It’s a relaxing place to present shows.
I also enjoy the world of sport which includes rugby
i started to have a keen interest in radio from a young age, and had my first taste of presenting from the age of 7 when i helped to present the childrens program on saturday morning on swansea sound,
after that i would ring up and won lots of prizes and use to go to every outside broadcast i could,back at christmas 1988, the older children at my school for the blinnd at bridgend did a radio show, i was delighted and thought it can be done, during the week when i slept in school a former school friend and i would do pretending radio shows in our bedrooms, also i would do them when i was home, when i would tell people what i wanted to do later on be a radio presenter they would say not a thing blind people do so forget it when i finished in swansea college i took up public speaking, and this one sunday i was booked to speak in a church in manselton, i knew that margaret that had booked me was involved in hospital radio, so asked her about joining at first she took me down to see how i would get on, and ended up joining full time, started off by collecting and presenting request and did that for most of my time there, as loved chatting to the people then one thursday one of the presenters was off, so i was asked to cover the show with some help, after that i was given my own tuesday show between 8 annd 10,and presented most programs on the station over tthe years,
i love presenting on radio tircoed, and so grateful to all who help me and made my dream come true over the years i have interviewed stan stennitt, owen money chris needs, and steve balsamo, and a lot of talented singers and interesting people, and still get excited doing my shows,
As a founder of the Welsh Sound Board he promotes many live events around Swansea as well as editing the Sound Board magazine and continues to compile the Welsh Connections series of CDs in conjunction with Death Monkey Records. He presents the Drivetime show with Flipsy McCaw from Lost Tuesday Society every Wednesday from 4pm’
Flipsy is a singer songwriter in The Lost Tuesday Society. She was a teacher for 10 years but is now concentrating on her first love of music. She has a passion for promoting original music in wales and runs a youth open mic on a Sunday. She’s a mum to 15 year old Daisy, loves the beach and hates Parma violets!
Mike caught the journalistic bug from a very early age collecting old newspaper clippings and regularly tuning into local and national radio stations. His broadcasting career begun during a three year stint as a sports reporter and later Sports Editor for The University of Birmingham student newspaper Redbrick, where Mike reported on a multitude of sporting events (including the University's first ever televised Saturday evening Rugby First XI Intervarsity match), as well as meeting a number of celebrities including former rugby international Martin Johnson and ex-England Ashes winner and legend Ian Botham.
It was whilst furiously editing the "copy" on a rainy Wednesday evening down in the "bunker" of the Redbrick editorial offices (with endless cups of tea at the ready naturally), that a knock on the door of the office came from the University Radio Station Burn FM. Moments later Mike was reading the sports news updates and this begun regular contributions to the University radio. Subsequent freelance and volunteer work followed including placements with BBC Radio West Midlands where die-hard Aston Villa fan Mike had the privilege of being one of the first journalists to interview the then Aston Villa Manager Martin O'Neill.
Following relocation to Wales in 2011, Mike joined the team at Radio Tircoed in 2012 and following fantastic support and training from Caroline Carpenter and Mark Ford, joined John Edwards to co-host the Saturday Sports Show, where amongst others Mike was able to broadcast live as an "on the spot reporter" when the Olympic flame entered Swansea City Centre. By 2013, the legend of "Batman" had begun (thanks to a live "on-air" charity face-painting challenge issued by John at the Food Festival!!) and Mike has presented the Halfway House for five years, mixing great music, with a weekly quiz, special guests from local authors and singers and of course, plenty of Homage to the Boss himself, Mr. Bruce Springsteen! You can join Mike every Wednesday evening live from a Batcave near you between 6pm and 8pm.
Chris first began broadcasting a number (quite a large number) of years ago as a fresh-faced teenager on Radio City in Singleton Hospital. Since then he’s been involved in a number of radio projects, working at Radio Cherwell in Oxford, produced programmes for Swansea Sound and been involved in various group bids for commercial licence applications.
Chris spent 8 years as the Programme Controller and Station Director of Radio City and was also a broadcaster and Senior Programme Producer at Radio Cherwell. He was instrumental in getting Radio City its 1386 kHz AM broadcasting licence where he first worked with Paul Gemine, Radio Tircoeds Station Engineer.
Chris first joined Radio Tircoed on the initial RSL broadcast, where the studio was actually a table in a corner of the Village Hall surrounded by partitions! Due to the drive, dedication and enthusiasm of station founder Bob Walker, things progressed from there to a permanent licence in December 2008.
Love of music has always been the central to Chris’s involvement in radio and he presents 2 hours of Classic Rock on Wednesday Night – “Jurassic Rock” is the longest-running programme on Radio Tircoed, having been in the rota since the station started.
As one of the broadcasters who is also a resident of Tircoed Village, Chris takes an active interest in Village life, the surrounding area and the work of the Trustee
Hello I’m Phil Thomas and I present Tuesday and Thursday weekday live. I come from Neath and been involved with radio since 1988/. if you want the best mix of music celebrity chat and other features why not join me on 106.5fm
Keith has a life long interest in the theatre and entertainment having first attended the pantomime at Swansea’s Grand Theatre aged 5. His greatest passion, musical theatre, has seen Keith perform in many productions in the Swansea area. He has also directed a number of musicals and is particularly fond of the work of composer Stephen Sondheim. Keith’s professional work in entertainment has ranged from appearing in pantomimes with Welsh legend , Stan Stennett , to touring the U.S.A. as a member of The Black Mountain Male Chorus of Wales and recording with Dame Shirley Bassey and Bryn Terfel .
Keith’s first broadcasting experience was with the radio station at Singleton hospital. Prior to joining Radio Tircoed in 2012, Keith had also been contributed to Swansea Sound and B.B.C. Radio Wales as a guest reviewer and panellist. He has recently extended his range to television being a presenter and the Showbiz Editor for That's Bay TV, Swansea.
Keith weekly Radio Tircoed programme ‘ Milward’s Musicals ‘ has a significant local following and through an associated Facebook group with over 2,000 members, Keith keeps people informed of musical theatre news across the UK and beyond.
Keith’s guests have included many local musical theatre groups and well known performers including Peter Karrie , Shan Cothi , Menna Trussler and Steve Balsamo .
I present 'All folked Up' and the 'Classical Chillout' music shows on a Thursday 8pm -10pm. I have a broad taste in music, and generally have a passion for new music and music generally that you don't get to hear on commercial radio. I do prefer the independent music scene and singer songwriters in general. I was a teenager when the punk scene erupted, and still have a passion for those socio-political songs, and songs of social commentary. Songs in general that are 'poetic, or 'story telling', or the passing down of' oral traditons' . So Folk is a good genre to present and ticks all the boxes for me. I once interviewed Max Boyce for a module on my degree course whcih included Social History, and we talked about his song writing, and how he himself was part of that 'oral tradition, and social commentator.I chose to do the Classical Chillout hour because I think at the end of a working day, there is nothing better to unwind and de -stress with some of the greatest composers in the world, and some of the most evocative and relaxing music. Life is hectic and as individuals we are 'available' 24/7 and I think every individual should be able to 'switch off' totally, once in a while, and just listen and not think. (it's good to recharge the batteries) Stay stress free
Geoff first started in 1971 at Radio City (hospital radio) after 3 years of collecting requests Geoff had his opportunity to be a presenter in 1974 when his co- host of request line Doreen Jenkings had a phone call during a Friday show she asked Geoff to take over (ok it was only for about 10 mins but hey it was a start!) shorty after Doreen along with 3 others left Radio City to join Swansea Sound. After a few months Geoff took full control of the Friday show and too add to it all he was given the job of Programme Controller Geoff biggest achievement must be that of being a co-radio commentator for radio city at the vetch field he, along with Paul Rogers started the commentaries when the swans were struggling in the old division 4 and all the way up to what was the top of football league 1(now known as the premiere league) and all the way back down again!!! he took a long break from radio (10 years) and when asked by a certain Chris Hancock if he fancied helping out at a Community Radio he jumped at the chance it all started off with a "Trial Run" for a week which would end on the Villages Fete(2008) within a few weeks after the trial run he was asked by Chairman Bob Walker if he would like to be Programme controller so the task was to get broadcasters to do another week of programmes tough task but it was done Radio Tircoed started full transmission on December 1st, 2008 and by this time Geoff was Station Director a position he held for 18 months a post he felt a privilege to hold when the station went full time broadcasting
(Happy Jack) Paul Phillips
Happy Jack (Paul Phillips), is a Swansea Jack, and proud of it. He worked as a primary school teacher locally for 34 years, taking early retirement in 2006, having been Deputy Head Teacher at Llangyfelach Primary School for 20 years.
He joined Radio Tircoed in July 2008, having been a mobile disco for a number of years previously. Happy Jack was fortunate to be on the air as the station was officially opened by the then Member of Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Martin Caton, M.P. And the photo appeared in the South Wales Evening Post.
Happy Jack has presented a three hour Friday afternoon show of 60s, 70s and 80s music from the start, and originally it was a four hour show! He has a VAST music collection and often plays the unusual songs that you don`t hear on every other radio show.
He also presents In The Spotlight on Thursday nights at 10.00 pm, looking at the life, career and music from a big named act of the 60s, 70s or 80s.
Having current a C.R,B certificate, for the past five years, Happy Jack has also presented School Days. He visits local primary and secondary schools and Scout Groups, recording the boys and girls and these up to ten minute slots are broadcast on Friday and Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.
He`d love you to tune in and send in a request or dedication, particularly on a Friday afternoon.
Wyn has been presenting and producing for over thirty years on various radio stations including the BBC and Swansea Sound and bring to Radio Tircoed a unique style of broadcasting. During this period, a extremely large number of interviews have been conducted. Wyn started his career on Radio Freeway (Morriston Hospital Radio) and presented a weekly show for over twenty years. Also during those years he presented and produced a variety of programmes for Swansea Sound.
In 2004 Wyn started making contributions to BBC Radio Wales and from January to February 2005 was the voice of the morning show on a trial bid radio station called Swansea Local Radio.
In 2007 Wyn started an arts based programme called Voltz Arts on the internet radio station, thevoltsshow.com. which developed a Worldwide following.
Wyn's had a notable exclusive achievment was at the Voices of a Nation Concert 1999 (Opening of the Welsh Assembly) in being the only interviewer (except the BBC) backstage were he interviewed many well known Welsh personalities.
On television in 1988 Wyn helped launch Morrivision, Wales' first hospital cable television services, and became its senior presenter. He has also worked on various programmes for ITV1 Wales.
Wyn now presents and produces Drive which includes the acclaimed interview slot the After 5 Guest, features and a variety of music.
Chris joined the station in January 2018 and presents the late late show each friday at 10pm. Chris joined to share his love of rock and metal music, but he does listen to all genres of music.
Outside of radio tircoed chris is a fun loving family man at heart, but you'd always find him exploring, listening or playing some form of music.
Hey, I am a new presenter with Radio Tircoed, I am really enjoying my Sunrise breakfast show and hope that you are enjoying the show too. My aim is make my show the perfect way to start your day with good music, what’s on in the local area and chat. Look forward to my next show.
Hi My name is Keith Iam a fluent Welsh speaker and present the Welsh show on Monday afternoon between 1-4 I also present the Saturday morning show between 10-2 where I play a mixture of old and new artists. I have been on the radio for 3 years and have really enjoyed chatting to a number of different artists I try to introduce local talent wherever possible. I also used for be a volunteer for Llanelli Hospital and Glangwili Hospital Radio and did this for a number of years I also used to be part of Llan Disco Sounds back in the 70s and have worked with a number of artists namely Searchers Dooleys and the Tremeloes. While at the radio I have interviewed Sir Ken Dodd, Shan Cothi and regularly chat to Dafydd Iwan on my Monday show I really enjoy that and also the fact I am helping the community around Radio Tircoed.
Hi all I'm Adam Tanner and I present the Saturday shuffle every other week. I am a freelance theatrical technician and prop builder. I have been a presenter with Radio Tircoed for a couple of years now and I enjoy every minute of it, I started co hosting shows with Chris Tanner, my father, and was then lucky enough to have been given a show of my own on a Saturday afternoon.
My saturday Shuffle show in its current form was born in the summer of 2017, I play a variety of tracks with my regular features including the Musical interlude and TV picks for the evening, then from 8-9 I bring you music to scare your grandparents with, an hour of the greatest heavy and alternative music around. Many thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you tune in and enjoy Radio Tircoed. Adam.
Helen Louise Thomas
Known as Lite Rock Louise (Sunday mornings 9am - 10am) and as HLT on the Sunday Morning Show with Neil Davies (10am - 12pm), I began my DJing career as 'work experience' meant to last just a fortnight back in 1988 where I joined Morriston Hospital's Radio LF for a week...which continued until 1992! After a 21-year break to concentrate on the 'day job' then linking back up with radio friends after many years, I joined Radio Tircoed in 2013 & the rest as they say is well & truly history!
My main interest is rock music, but I love all genres, particularly dance & country. One of my biggest hobbies is going to live concerts, where I have seen too many artists to mention in one go but include Europe, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Bryan May, Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, Pink, Elton John, Status Quo, Terrorvision, Stereophonics, The Who, Rod Stewart, The Killers, Brothers Osborne, Cadillac Three to name but a few...I think I'll leave it at that or the list will be enormous!!
This is Neil, he has been playing music and entertaining people for over 40 years, as a mobile DJ in the Swansea Valley and on Morriston Hospital Radio Service, his love of Country Music gives him an hour on Radio Tircoed on Sunday’s from 12 – 1.00 following The Sunday Morning Show he shares with HLT where you’ll find a wide variety of current music and yesterday’s favourites between 10 & 12, he loves chatting to people about anything & everything and classes the stations loyal listeners as the ‘extended family’
Professional radio presenter with over 30 year’s experience in the music industry who has worked on many commercial radio stations including Swansea Sound & Red Dragon FM and others throughout the UK.
Karl has also worked with many major acts and interviewed many well-known celebrities for the media such as The Bee Gee's, Robin Gibb, Queen Latifah, Lenny Henry, Ken Dodd etc...
Karl also has drive and enthusiasm for live music with 40 years’ experience in pubs and nightclubs.
Has also worked for a major retail chain and the civil service.
Dr Leanna Broom is a Functional Medicine Practitioner. She has been in practice for over thirty years. Leanna qualified as a Naturopath in 1987 and then gained separate degrees in Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine in the early nineties culminating in a PhD in ‘ Energy Medicine’ in 2000 overseen by the brilliant Dr Richard Schultz.
Great success is achieved with Functional Medicine as the cause is sought, rather than just treating the symptoms. Leanna believes that it’s our bodies way of telling us to take action. She uses Herbal Medicine and Spagyrics as the modality to heal. In combination with advice on Nutrition and Supplements and Lifestyle to treat dis-ease.
She has travelled, worked and lived world-wide amongst Indigenous healers to gain the knowledge to heal, exploring different Materia Medicas. Her extensive and up to the minute research is ongoing and accurate.
Functional medicine can transform your Health to achieve ‘Total Health Transformation’ This embraces health of body, mind and spirit using Natural Medicine and techniques that will help you to make wiser choices.
Each program will provide Natural Health advice on just about all aspects you can think of on her program and many surprises.
Leanna Brooms’ show is called ‘NATURAL HEALTH MATTERS’
Liz is a bit of an anomaly as she doesn’t have a regular show but provides cover for other presenters.
Liz works full time doing something unspeakably tedious, but alleviates the boredom by singing and playing guitar in two duos and sometimes a band; many of the songs performed are self-penned.
She is married with no children, three rabbits, a 30 year old mini and inappropriately red hair.
For what i do at the radio tircoed. I work in the background and assist Gareth Williams programme on Friday Morning I do a lot of research for Gareth and I help out to raise money for the station, such as carnivals selling Raffle Tickets and things like that, make teas and coffees
Pam Tanner AKA Nursie joined the station in 2015 with Hubby Chris as his assistant but has extended her role at the station.
Her day job is as a nurse for the NHS and like Chris Volunteers with faith and light and assists at a learning disability disco.
Radio Tircoed is a family affair with a love of music all round with eldest son a presenter and youngest son assisting at outdoor events
Chris Tanner prior to joining Radio Tircoed in 2015 he had no presenting experience but does have a love of all music except manufactured POP but would play ELO and Queen all day given half the chance.
Besides volunteering with Radio Tircoed he is a Dj for a learning disability group and a friend of faith and light.
Chris is married with 2 grown up children Eldest Son is also a presenter at the station and wife Pam is his assistant.
Hi There, my name is Luke Reynolds and I am on placement at the moment at radio Tircoed and really enjoying myself and the team are so nice here everyone has helped me to become better at radio, Mike Lewis who does the morning show Monday to Thursday trained me up so thanks to him and also Mike helped me do my first interview which was amazing because he’s so good. In the past I have been at 1386am radio city The Swansea Hospitals Radio service and at the moment I am a presenter at Oystermouth Radio which is online radio station and I do a 2 hour show live on a Wednesday 12-2pm, playing loads of great music.
I have interviewed Mo Jamil winner of voice uk 2017, voice kids winner 2017 and also Mal Pope on my show
Also in the past I have been for a visit to 96.4FM The Wave and been in the studios, recently I have been for a another visit to Nation Radio and Swansea Bay Radio up at Cowbridge and it was great for my broadcasting experience to see another radio station as well as others I have seen and hopefully soon I can do some work there doing something that I love, Back at Tircoed I am covering shows at minute and doing studio work but I have been on OB’s with the team to, which is always good because we meet the public that listen and give us support.
join me Saturday morning from 7-10am for Saturday hits