Public File

The Wave like each local commercial station in the UK has obligations with regard to its programmes, including its music and local content. These obligations are set out in the station Format which forms part of our Public File.

The Public File is just one indicator of our output. Just ask us if you’d like a hard copy. If you have any comments on it, let us know or, if necessary, contact our regulator, Ofcom.



Except in special or exceptional circumstances (which may include some bank holiday periods,) the station broadcasts news bulletins hourly from 0600 until 1900, with additional headlines in weekday breakfast and evening drive periods. Bulletins contain a mix of local/regional, national and world stories, along with sport, weather and entertainment news.

At the weekend, bulletins containing local/regional, national and world news, along with sport, weather and entertainment news, are broadcast between 0700 and 1300.

Additionally, at other times, bulletins containing national and world news, prepared by Sky, may be broadcast in some hours.

Our news pages online show some of our most recent stories – click here to read them.



The station broadcasts twenty four hours a day, with programmes as listed here.

Programme Production

Programming within weekday daytimes is not regularly automated. Our evening, daytime, weeknight and overnight programming is generally live from our network centre in Manchester, but occasional weekend programmes may be automated. These shows may be live in times of adverse weather or other relevant circumstances.

Local Programming

Except in special or exceptional circumstances (e.g. specials), Weekdays 06:00-10:00, and 1300-1900 The Wave's programmes are broadcast from our studios in Swansea.  Saturday and Sunday 12pm-4om

All other shows are broadcast from our Hits Radio Network centre at Hits Radio, Castle Street, Manchester, M15 4PR.


Charity Support

Each year The Wave holds a number of events for its' Cash for Kids Appeal with an 8 hour on air auction which is usually held on the first Saturday in December.

A number of locally based charities have received Money from the Cash for Kids Appeal including the children's wards of all of our local hospitals and local projects and schemes of Action for Children, Childline Cymru and NSPCC Wales. We have also donated money to Stepping Stones, Welsh Dragons Burns Club, Friends of Clase, Ty Hafan, Swansea NPT Crossroads and many more.

The Wave also holds a Cash for Kids Ball around October.

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If you have a complaint please Click here http://www.thewave.co.uk/info/ to go to stations contacts.

Alternatively contact Ofcom here http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/tell-us/tv-and-radio/ 

Cover art for Like I Love You

On Air

John Isherwood playing Justin Timberlake - Like I Love You