Bro Radio, the community radio station serving the Vale of Glamorgan, continues its expansion in the County, by opening new broadcasting studios within CF61 community venue in Llantwit Major.
Bro Radio launched in the area on 100.2fm in May 2020, and plans to launch on 106.1fm in Penarth and surrounding areas in the months to come.
The volunteer led station currently has a team of 50 local volunteers, focusing its work on supporting isolated members of the community and young people. All volunteers benefit from high level of broadcasting training and will continue to do so through additional facilities in Llantwit Major.
The new development has seen the creation of two purpose built professional radio studios, which have been designed to allow for group training sessions and live music, whilst maintaining current social distancing and covid-19 safety regulations.
The space will also be available for the use of the local community, including for the recording of podcasts, staff training and experience days.
Operations Director Nathan Spackman said: "This is a really exciting time for Bro Radio. The feedback since our launch in Llantwit Major has been amazing and really positive so far."
"We have already been overwhelmed with the amount of interest from local people wanting to be part of the station, but who have found that the infrequency of public transport links to and from our existing studio’s in Barry has made it more difficult for them to get involved. The opening of the new studio in CF61 will be a huge boost for local people to get involved."
"The project has been developed with full negotiation with Major Music to ensure the studio space continues to be available for young people, providing opportunities for them to gain new skills, perform live music and air it on the radio station. Creating better usage of the studio space"
Paul Warren, Operations Manager at GVS which operates CF61 said "GVS is really pleased that Bro Radio has chosen our CF61 centre for their exciting venture in the Western Vale and we welcome working with them, and the local community, at CF61”.
The project has been funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, ICF Third Sector Capital Investment Fund and Vale of Glamorgan Council's Strong Communities Grant Fund and supported by YMCA Barry and Major Music.
Despite Covid 19 restrictions, the not-for-profit station is hopeful that the studios will be ready by mid November, so they can start benefiting local members of the community.
Once the studios are ready and social distancing regulations allow, the station will advertise opportunities for new volunteers in the local area.