XS (radio)

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XS South Wales
Afan FM Logo.png
City Neath Port Talbot
Slogan Neath & Port Talbot's Hit Music Station
Frequency 97.4 MHz (Neath & Neath Valleys) & 107.9 MHz (Port Talbot)
RDS PS code: ___XS___
Format Contemporary Hit Radio
Owner Neath Port Talbot Broadcasting CIC
Webcast Listen Live
Website XS South Wales

XS was a community radio station serving the Neath Port Talbot county borough.[1] The station was owned and operated by Neath Port Talbot Broadcasting CIC and provided a range of dance and alternative music together with information services, primarily for 11- to 25-year-olds, from studios in the Water Street Business Centre in Port Talbot.[2]

History[edit]

Afan FM was established in 2003 and went on to run five Restricted Service Licence (RSL) trial broadcasts before becoming the UK's first new Community Radio station (following the initial tranche of 16 "Access Radio" trial stations) by the award of Licence CR005 by the UK Broadcast Regulator Ofcom in April 2005. Afan FM began test transmissions on 107.9MHz on 17 April 2007 and was officially launched at 2pm on 20 April 2007.

The station completed its second coverage phase when it launched its transmitter on 97.4 MHz for the Neath and Neath Valleys area on Thursday 23 October 2008. There were plans for extending coverage to the remainder of the Neath Port Talbot area via a series of relay transmitters. The station also streamed online via its website with a 192kbit/s .mp3 feed. Afan FM was rebranded as XS Wales on 7 January 2011 in order to reposition itself as Neath & Port Talbot's Hit Music Station, complete with a new logo, audio imaging, website, and a launched schedule.

The station ended live programming on Tuesday 13 December 2011 and ceased broadcasting a day later.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcast Radio MCAs maps
  2. ^ "CR005 - UK Radio Licensees - community". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 

External links[edit]


Coordinates: 51°35′24″N 3°48′38″W / 51.5901°N 3.8106°W / 51.5901; -3.8106