Manic Street Preachers support Welsh radio bid

Stereophonics back new XFM station too

Manic Street Preachers star Nicky Wire and Stereophonics are supporting a bid by XFM to launch a station for South Wales.

The station are bidding for the area’s FM regional radio licence, to join the branches in London, Manchester and Scotland.

Wire has pledged his support for the bid, by saying he would be the chairman of an advisory board should it be successful.

The bassist said: “Recent years have seen an amazing explosion of musical talent from South Wales succeed nationally and internationally.

“Whether the Stereophonics, Super Furry Animals, Lostprophets or The Automatic, the presence of an XFM station in the area will allow yet more talent to come through from a local level and go on to great success.”

Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones also backed the station, explaining: “When I drive back to Wales and listen to the radio on the way I realise how limited some radio is outside of London. Wales deserves to hear the new stuff first, and XFM provides that!”

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