EVEN the most optimistic pundit could not have predicted that over 10,000 people from west Wales would tune in for the official re-launch of Herald Radio on Tuesday (May 2).
Breakfast presenter Chris Lee was joined for the switch-on by Station Manager and drive-time presenter Toby Ellis and Rachel George at 8am.
Within half an hour there were already a over 1,000 people tuned in, and throughout the day, over 5,000 people had tuned in via Facebook live, and thousands more streaming via the iPhone app and website.
The first day of the new format offering, from a host of well -known local presenters received a positive response from online listeners.
Within hours, the studio was flooded with emails and messages on social media, praising the successful re-launch and requesting their favourite tunes from presenters they know and love.
Station Manager, Toby Ellis, said: “The response to the re-launch has been amazing! After weeks of preparation it was great to get back on the air and broadcast across west Wales.
“With our amazing line-up of DJs, a newsroom next door with the latest local news breaking all the time, and a fantastic playlist, I’m not surprised that the station has launched so strongly.
“Local radio is extremely important in west Wales and we’re excited to be bringing a new sound to Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.
“We’ve only just got started too – with many more shows, giveaways and features planned – so I expect the listenership to only go up.
“We’ve now had 20,000 listeners, which is absolutely amazing. Thank you to everyone who has tuned in!”
Herald Radio is an online radio station which is available anywhere in the world – so even if you’re relaxing on a holiday you can still tune in.
Simply go to www.heraldradio.com on any online-connected device and click ‘Listen Live’.
Alternatively, if you have an iPhone, download the Herald Radio app from the app store by searching for ‘Herald Radio’. With this app in your pocket, you are one finger tap away from listening at all times.
For Android users, an app is currently under development and will be released on the Google Play store shortly.
In total, on its first day, Herald Radio racked up:
- 10,000 website visits
- 5,000 Facebook live viewers
- 4,000 unique listeners
- 1,000 iOS app downloads