Nation Radio

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Nation Radio
City St Hilary, Vale of Glamorgan
Broadcast area South Wales
Frequency 106.8 MHz
(Cardiff area),
107.3 MHz
(Swansea area)
DAB Digital Radio
(South East Wales, Mid and West Wales, Wrexham and Chester)
First air date 29 November 2007
Format Mainstream pop and guitar music
Owner Nation Broadcasting
Website nationradio.wales

Nation Radio is a regional radio station, broadcasting to South Wales on FM and in West and North East Wales on DAB. It is owned and operated by Nation Broadcasting and broadcasts from studios near the St Hilary transmitter on the outskirts of Cowbridge.[1]

The station's music playlist originally consisted of new and classic guitar-led music, reflecting the franchise won originally by XFM, but in 2015, the format was changed to include mainstream pop music.

History[edit]

Nation Radio logo used until 2016.

Nation Radio began broadcasting on 16 June 2008, taking over the regional Ofcom broadcasting licence, which was held by XFM South Wales until GCap Media sold the station to Town and Country (now Nation Broadcasting) for an unspecified fee on 30 May 2008.[2][3][4]

In 2013, Nation Radio increased its coverage area via DAB - it began broadcasting to north-east Wales and parts of Cheshire and Merseyside in March, via MuxCo's Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool multiplex.[5] In August, the station launched in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire via the Muxco Mid and West Wales multiplex.

Programming[edit]

All of Nation Radio's programming is produced and broadcast from its St Hilary studios, including presenter-led shows from 6am - 10pm on weekdays, 6am - 6pm on Saturdays and 8am - 8pm and 10pm - 1am on Sundays.[6] Specialist programming includes the weekly rugby magazine Rugby Nation (presented by Sean Holley) on Wednesday evenings (networked on all Nation-owned stations) and an unsigned music show, Airplay, on Sunday evenings.

Nation Radio's main presenters include Niall Foster and Ruth Wignall (The Big Welsh Breakfast), Neil Greenslade (weekday daytime, Sunday afternoons) and Chris Blumer (weekday drivetime, Sport Nation).

Local news bulletins air hourly from 6am - 6pm on weekdays and 8am - 12pm at weekends with headlines on the half-hour during The Big Welsh Breakfast. The station's journalists are Mike Hughes, Brogan Hubber and Natalie Beer.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WalesOnline: Channel Xfm radio changes hands. Icwales.icnetwork.co.uk (2008-06-02). Retrieved on 31 December 2011.
  2. ^ Shepherd, Rob (30 May 2008). "GCap sells Xfm South Wales". Broadcast. Retrieved 30 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "XFM South Wales sold". Radio Today. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "Xfm south Wales: GCap sells station to Town and Country Broadcasting", ''Media. Guardian. Retrieved on 31 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool". MuxCo. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  6. ^ Nation Radio public file
  7. ^ Nation Radio public file

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°39′31″N 3°49′56″W / 51.6585°N 3.8323°W / 51.6585; -3.8323