Simon Wynne 'Wynnster'

April 06, 2017 - 238 views

Simon our Operations Director is passionate about radio having spent many years the industry first in Commercial Radio and then at the BBC.

His grounding in radio began at Radio Glan Clwyd as a hospital radio presenter before joining Marcher Coast FM in Colwyn Bay to do some part time work in between his full time job at the Daily Post newspaper. One thing led to another and in just a few months he joined the team at Marcher Gold in Wrexham to present the afternoon drive show covering maternity leave. By this time he really got the radio bug and looked to take his career down the radio path.

A number of radio presentation roles followed in the North West of England before being appointed Programme Director for an easy listening station in Manchester and the Launch Director for a new commercial pop music station in Warrington called Wire FM. The station quickly became one of the most popular stations in the North West despite heavy competition.

The bright lights of London soon beckoned and Simon joined the BBC's Media Planning and Presentation department and was stationed at Radio 2 in what is now known as Wogan House. His role was to work between programming and production at Radio 2 and the marketing and advertising agency teams, to scope out a deliver campaigns to promote the station's output. He then moved to the youth division as Media Portfolio Manager for Radio 1 and BBC Three and mangaged a team of people who delivered award winning industry campaigns for the channels before cut-backs forced BBC Three to close and go online only. He says at the time, he was only planning to stay at the BBC for a year but ended up staying for nearly 17 years!

Following the closure of BBC Three, Simon returned back to North Wales to help his family set up a new business and since the beginning of the year worked behind the scenes with former colleagues and broadcasters to establish Coast Community Radio and Media CIC, the parent company behind Bayside Radio. He also spends his week working at Porth Eirias, doing marketing things and visiting schools and community groups in North Wales encouraging young people to take up sailing and water based sports.

He's married to Dawn and lives in Colwyn Bay with his two stepsons Danny and Adam. 

 

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