Celtic Music Radio’s Festival of Music is now under way on 95FM.
The community radio station switched over to the FM waveband on Tuesday 1 July and its volunteers hope to boost its audience and further improve services.
On air since January 2008 on 1530AM/medium wave in the Glasgow area, Celtic Music Radio prides itself as a station with a mission to support new musical talent and to be a strong voice for contemporary and traditional Scottish music, arts and culture.
The charitable status station currently has 75,000 listeners a month in the Glasgow area and thousands more in 180 countries worldwide via its internet stream.
“This switch to 95FM is a big deal for Celtic Music Radio, one of the biggest decisions we’ve taken since we launched six years ago,” said Ross Macfadyen, award-winning broadcaster and a director of the station. Our listening figures have been rising so the move to FM comes at a vital time for all of us.”
“Our programmes will be available to thousands more on 95FM so we hope what we offer will persuade people to tune in daily.
“By offering a wide-ranging festival of music round the clock, we hope to continue to appeal to our existing, loyal audience, to attract new listeners, and to bring in fresh streams of income from advertisers and sponsors to meet the increased costs we face.”
The station, run by around 30 volunteers, has a fund-raising campaign on the go as it has licence fees and increased running costs to pay because of the move to 95FM. Any income it generates, through advertising, listener donations, and special live gigs goes directly to paying these expenses.
“We’re making the move to FM to raise our profile and to give our listeners a better experience when they tune in,” said Ross. “We’ve set ourselves high standards and we’re confident people interested in the work of Celtic Music Radio will be prepared to be generous in their support.”
Presenters and station board directors Gordon Hotchkiss and Liz Clark were the first 95FM voices to be heard and the opening track played was Dougie MacLean’s Caledonia.
The service on 1530AM has now closed and the transmitter shut down and therefore listeners should tune to 95.0 FM.
Multi-award winning Scottish folk-rock band, Skerryvore (pictured below) also featured with tracks from a forthcoming album, which can be pre-ordered via the band website at www.skerryvore.com