is an independent local radio
station serving Swansea
and surrounding areas in South West Wales
, broadcasting on 96.4 MHz and on DAB Digital Radio
. It is owned by UTV Radio
The station broadcasts from "Wave Towers" near Gowerton in the west of the city, with its transmitter located at Kilvey Hill, overlooking the centre of Swansea.
The station was launched in 1995 after Swansea Sound, under the name SoundWave.
The 96.4 MHz transmitter serves Swansea itself, as well as nearby Neath
, Port Talbot
, although coverage on DAB is slightly better than FM in Carmarthenshire
and towards Bridgend
. It is also available in areas of North Devon
, across the Severn Estuary
(where there is no interference from local station Lantern FM
on 96.2 MHz), although the station's official coverage area and on-air branding does not acknowledge this. The station's output cannot be heard towards South East Wales, because this is where The Wave's collegues at 103.2FM Red Dragon
The Wave play Hot AC
music, with Top 40
songs appearing regularly alongside recent and classic chart hits. As well as producing its own chart programme, 'The Wave Chart Show', it carries the networked Hit 40 UK
programme on Sundays from 4.00pm - 7.00pm. The Wave Top 10 is part of The South Wales Chart
Presenters / DJs
- Badger (Andy Miles), also Head of Music for the UTV Group.
- Mark Powell
- Phil Hoyles
- Jonny B
- Steve "Shawzy" Shaw
- Claire Scott
- Lucio, presenter of the networked Hit 40 UK Chart Show.
Alongside locally produced shows, the station also carries UTV Radio's network shows 'Late Night Love' and 'Money On Your Mobile' in its schedule.
The station, along with its sister networks Swansea Sound
and nearby Valleys Radio
, is planning to move to a new studio complex, and are currently considering locations at Jersey Marine in Swansea city centre.
The plans are currently subject to public consultation.