Ten Years On – And still going strong!

After an extremely acrimonious franchise campaign, Bridge FM was awarded their licence on November 4th 1999.  The first meeting of those who as a result, had been dispossessed and excluded from local radio in their our own area; [Comprising of nearly 90% of the on-air team of the successful and extremely popular trial broadcasts that convinced the authorities that Bridgend should have it’s very own radio station.]  was jointly chaired by Alistair Irving and Mike Lincez and took place at the offices of SYSNET in Bridgend on Friday the 5th of November.

Following on from that, the later inaugural meeting of Celtica Radio took place sometime in February 2000, with Jane Cullen appointed as Chair, and Dave Cook providing all of the start-up capital.  Celtica Radio commenced test broadcasts on the internet at 8PM June 21st 2000.

Over the last ten years the following people have presented programmes, and have been members of our station.  The dates next to their names indicate their first and last shows as of June 20th 2010;-

Mick Allen – 2003 to 2005
Gareth Anstee – 2000 to 2002
Rev. Wing Commander [Retired] Keith Berry-Davies – 2000 to present day, Chairman from 2004
Shaun Blacksabre – 2000 to 2004
Karl Burtonshaw – 2002 to 2010
Wing Commander [Retired] Dave Carrington – 2006 to present day
Geraldine Caulfield – 2002 to 2005
Lloyd Coles – 2002 to 2009
Dave Cook – 2000 to present day.  Founding Director
Jane Cullen – 2000 to 2004 Also Chair during those dates
Ian Davies – 2000 to 2001
Pete Davies – 2002 to 2009
Matthew Day – 2004
Dave Easterbrook – 2005 to 2009
Steve Edge – 2003 to present day
Bill Everatt – 2000 to present day
Steve Faldo – 2000 to 2002
John Grierson – 2005 to 2008
Glenda Jenkins – 2006 to 2009
Andrew John – 2003 to present day
John the Dentist – 2002 to 2003
KC Jones – 2003 to present day
Richie Lee – 2000 to 2003
James Lewis – 2003 to 2009
Steve Lloyd – 2002 to 2004
Trev Parsons – 2001 to 2002
Robbie Peterson – 2007 to 2009
Paul Rees – 2006
Ed Risby – 2000 to present day
Rizla the Tomcat – Sessions from 2002 until 2007
John Sambrook – 2006
Fred Stacey – 2002 to present day
Syd the Nightfly – 2001
Jordan Thomas – 2004 to present day
Shell Thomas – 2004 to 2006
Jonathan Vaughan – 2003 to 2005
Martyn Williams – 2000 to 2002 Original Webmaster

Celtica Radio would also like to acknowledge the grateful assistance or support from the following;-

Trish Bertram
Jane Bissett
Caravan Music
Paul Child
Bridgend County Borough Council
Roger Clatworthy
Oliver Davies
DD Video
Steve & Ann Easterbrook
Steve Ekheart & Virus
Yvonne Ellerman
Liam Geoff
Ryan Helman
Janis Ian
Island Webservices
Right Hon. Carwyn Jones AM. Wales First Minister
Phil Jones of Welsh Rockband S.E.X.
JJ Kane
Emilija Kochic
Sappie Lingsma-Tienstra
Major Music
Zoë McCulloch
John McNally from the Searchers
Media Tennor Magazine
The Metropolitan Police Authority of London
Gary Morgan
Network DVD
The Royal Air Force
Graham Schlater
Radio Seagull
Wing Commander Richard Read. OBE
Eddie Search
Tabatha Music
Tathan Magazine
Patrick Terrett
Liam Thom
Peter Twist
UK Radio Magazine
The United States Marine Corps
Urban Ego
John White
Andre Van-Wyk
Wing Commander Rob Woods

Our apologies if we have missed anyone out from these two lists, but ten years is a long time and we’re all not as young as we used to be!  If you have been missed, please feel free to contact us.

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Ten Years On – And still going strong! — 8 Comments

  1. Nice to hear you are still about now retired and living in a barn near Ross on Wye with a dog if you pass this way drop in.

    Mike Lincez

  2. Congratulations on ten years of Celtica Radio. I’ve done two things to mark the occasion: made a small donation (you’ve heard of micro payments, well now you’ve received one) and spread the word here – http://twitter.com/David73277/status/16717828487

    Well done to all involved.

    Personally I’d be an even bigger fan if it wasn’t for that “computers are all female” thing that gets played from time to time. I find it somewhat distasteful, but I also find it distasteful for self-elected moral guardians to impose their tastes on others, so I’ll shut up about that. I’d be intrigued to know what the Rev KBD thinks of it, perhaps he has a better sense of humour than I do?

    Good luck for the next ten years.


    David Nolan
    Crosby, Liverpool

  3. Happy birthday bill and to all at Celtica radio x x

    JJ Cane – Caravan Music
    Sent from my fabulous BlackBerry® wireless device

  4. Happy Birthday!!

    Unfortunately I’ll be in a meeting this evening, but I’ll have a listen tomorrow. At least you’ve lasted longer than England’s World Cup campaign……..

    All the best,
    Davy Cartwright.

  5. Happy 10th Birthdy for 21st June!

    Crikey! Has it been that long?

    I’ll be on my hol’s on the day so won’t be able to join in the festivities, So I’ll wish you all at Celtica Radio very many happy returns in advance.

    Take care and all the best

    Alex Zephyr