Bro Radio, the community radio station for the Vale of Glamorgan, is excited to announce that industry regulator OFCOM, has approved plans for the station to improve and extend its FM coverage in 2020. The plans will not only see the station boost its existing FM coverage in Barry, but also launch a brand new frequency, 100.2fm, for listeners in and around Llantwit Major.
Bro Radio has always had strong ambitions to fill the gap in local radio services across the wider Vale of Glamorgan, since its launch in 2007. Now as it heads into its 11th year on air, it will start to make those ambitions a reality.
Since OFCOM initially informed Bro Radio's directors of the FM extension approval in October 2019, the team have been working hard with its engineers to design and cost the works required to install the new infrastructure as soon as possible.
This will mean new equipment being installed to increase the existing coverage area, while also plugging some existing transmission gaps and improving the quality of the signal to Sully, Dinas Powys, Penarth, Rhoose and Wenvoe.
Then, later this year, we will begin work to install additional infrastructure at a new site, which will mean that Bro Radio will be heard in Llantwit Major and the surrounding areas on 100.2FM, bringing Bro Radio to these locations for the very first time.
Operations Director Nathan Spackman said "This is a really exciting time for everyone at Bro Radio. We have always strived to see Bro Radio become a station for the Vale of Glamorgan and by undertaking this work, we are now on our way to making that possible."
"We are going to be making improvements to our FM coverage from our Barry transmitter at the end of this month and I hope listeners will see immediate improvements to our coverage."
"Work in Llantwit Major is expected to take a little longer, as we are not able to undertake the required work until we secure the £7,500 in funding to make it possible."
"Anyone wishing to support our aims of bringing Bro Radio to the rural Vale of Glamorgan, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you."
It is hoped the improvement and extension work will provide listeners in the majority of the Vale of Glamorgan, with a strong FM signal for their local radio station.
Anyone who is able to assist Bro Radio in bringing its service to Llantwit Major is invited to email Nathan Spackman on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01446 420 681.
Nathan is the Operations Director and one half of Vale Breakfast on Bro Radio. You'll hear him reading local news, hosting at local events and presenting our facebook live videos.