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Bethan Elfyn Bethan Elfyn | 12:01 UK time, Thursday, 1 October 2009

Hello all, I'm Bethan Elfyn, late night DJ and presenter on BBC Radio 1 every Wednesday - a national show for Wales which broadcasts simultaneously at midnight with Huw Stephens in England, Rory McConnell in Northern Ireland, and Vic Galloway in Scotland.

I thought a small introduction appropriate for the first blog, 'Who am I?' 'What am I about?' etc. Well, I was born in Bangor, North Wales, grew up in Newtown, Powys, and have lived post-university in Cardiff apart from two adventurous years working for BBC Radio Cymru from Bangor - my first proper job!

It has been 10 years this year of hosting a Welsh show on BBC Radio One. For the first eight, I co-hosted with Huw Stephens, and now sadly we broadcast simultaneously on the same station. The aim of the show has always been to support new Welsh music, but hearing it side by side with the latest exciting new bands and producers from around the world.

Have a listen: bbc.co.uk/radio1/bethanelfyn

This two hours a week has strangely come to define everything about me. From the radio came invitations to DJ clubs and festivals and all sorts of launch parties around the world. From the relationships with new bands and DJs came the desire to write about and produce a magazine (now retired), run a record label, promote gigs in Cardiff and London, and live and breathe every aspect of the music industry. Although a busy schedule, I hope it's a reflection that we're doing something right on the radio show that inspires all these other events.

Radio One has been a fantastic beast to work for, from a visit to Buckingham Palace, sitting in the pub with Moyles, to hosting the Reading Festival - it's been one big glamorous, hard working, rock n' roll party, and the hangover will not be nice to wake up to!

That's me in a nutshell, and I hope over the weeks and months we can get to know each other better. I'm really looking forward to reading your comments, good and bad, and feel free to highlight exciting music stories you think I might be missing. Thanks for reading.

Beth x


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