Chairman / Licensee
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."
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.
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,nd 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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Kathy Williams has only been presenting at Radio Tircoed for the last three months, hadn’t done any radio presenting before but absolutely loves it. She has always been a rock chick at heart but has quite an eclectic music collection. Kathy moved into the area with her family in 2008, and for six years she has been involved in music as a drummer, percussionist and vocalist in two bands , unfortunately both bands split up around Christmas 2016.
Kathy says “Being on the radio is a wonderful feeling and is helping me re-engage with my passion for music.” Kathy is married with two teenage sons, a dog, two cats and a Gecko.
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 .
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.
Hello, I am Shaun Broadly. I Present THE CHEESE FACTORY on Radio Tircoed on a TUESDAY 6.00PM TILL 8.00 Playing CHEESY AND CLASSIC POP TUNES That you don’t hear much on the radio
These days. As well as the odd chart hit if you listen to me the first thing you notice I’m not from SOUTH WALES. I moved down to Pontardaulais in September 2017 with my wife Michelle who I married in October 2013. We lived on the outskirts of Birmingham in a place called Great Barr. I myself are from the West Midlands city of Wolverhampton where I was born and bred. I am a Wolverhampton Supporter (well someone must be) radio Work started at Dudley Hospital Radio that serves The Russell Hall Hospital in Dudley in 2009 than in 2010 I joined Sandwell Hospital Radio which serves Sandwell General Hospital in West Bromwich. Where I presented a number of programmes till my move to South Wales last year. I was also the assistant manager at the station. I knew about Radio Tircoed as My sister lines in Pontardaulais and hone for over 12 years. As someone New in the area I ask I joined radio Tircoed Facebook Page to find another hospital radio station and when the reply came back to pop up to the studio to see the Managent Team I was more than happy to. After a chat and a quick show of the setup as I have worked the playout system at Dudley Hospital Radio before I never thought I be boing Community Radio here in South Wales. I am very proud to be a part of Radio Tircoed. the team has made me feel part of Radio Tircoed Family and I try my upmost to show how grateful. I am when on air every week. Music wise I am an 80’s child I love my 80’s music also I like a bit of the 00’s dance ‘mum an 80’s child as well
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’
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.
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.
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, but can’t wait for April when I get my own slot on one of the best community radios in Wales.
On my show I will be playing all the hits from today and some old one’s to and also some light chat and some interviews with local people and hopefully famous people to and of course some fun. catch you all soon Luke.