Aircheck UK - Aberdeenshire

UPDATED: 10/08/2003

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SCOTLAND

BBC LOCAL RADIO BBC Radio Scotland provides a national service on FM frequencies 92-95FM & 810 MW.  The Gaelic service BBC Radio nan Gaidheal broadcasts on 103.5 - 105FM.   

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MORAY FIRTH RADIO / MFR: Broadcasting from Scorguie Place in Inverness, this station launched as Moray Firth Radio on Tuesday 23rd February 1982.  At that time it was the smallest commercial radio station in the UK, but it has since progressed to being one of the most popular stations and has won several awards.  It's broadcast patch is actually the largest local radio area in the United Kingdom, stretching from Caithness to the North, through the Moray Forth and Inverness to the Noth East Coast of Banff and Buchan.  It operates a format of contemporary music, specialist programmes, news, sport, entertainment and local information.  It's service is broadcast using five transmitters - 102.5 for Caithness, it's original 97.4 for Inverness, Keith on 102.8, Fraserburgh on 96.7 and finally Speyside on 96.6FM.  It's current licence expires 22nd February 2010.  

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NECR: North East Community Radio (?) has been quietly doing the business since 6th June 1994 from studios at "The Shed" School Road Kintore in Aberdeenshire.  It operates on four frequencies: Braemar is the furthest West on 97.1, then comes Kildrummy on 102.6, Colpy on 103.2 (all three installed by March 1997), and their original licenced transmitter for Inverurie on 102.1FM.  It is independently owned and works to a format of recent hits, classic gold by day; local news, community information, specialist programming by night. 

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NORTH OF SCOTLAND RADIO / NORTHSOUND RADIO / NORTHSOUND 1: Providing it's present day format of contemporary hits, news, sport and information, this service initially came to air on 27th July 1981 operating initially on 290metres MW & 96.9vhf.  Today, it broadcasts from studios at 45 Kings Gate in Aberdeen - Scotland's third largest city - to around 40,000 people, using three FM frequencies - 96.9, 97.6 (both Aberdeen) & 103.0 (Peterhead) which are sited along the East coast from South to North.  The station is owned by SRH - Scottish Radio Holdings.  Aloong with it's sister station on AM, a 59% weekly reach is claimed by the station according to audience research from 2002/3.  Musically, and perhaps as you would expect, there's a mix of today's chart music and classic hits from the 80s and 90s.  There are regular appearances from some of the music industry's big names, and the station is also involved with the staging and sponsorship of local music and sporting events, as well as social and charitable events and initiatives.  Among presenters to have featured on the station, there's Nicholas Andrew Argyle Campbell, who left Northsound Radio in 1987 to begin his meteoric rise to fame on BBC Radio 1Chris Moyles also found his feet at Northsound.      www.northsound1.co.uk 

NORTH OF SCOTLAND RADIO / NORTHSOUND RADIO / NORTHSOUND 2: In 1987, industry watchdogs felt it unjust to allow simulcasting, i.e. the carriage of the same service on two frequencies.  They issued an ultimatum to the industry to use it differently, or lose it.  And so, on the AM frequency, Northsound 2 appeared on 1035MW.  It is easy to assume the AM service is always a gold station, however, Northsound 2 carries a mix of music from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and today, with the more modern tracks being of a more melodic contemporary nature.  Other shows include specialist programming, which includes Country, a Scottish music show, and of course, sport.  The station has the rights to cover Aberdeen with live commentary on all matches, home or away.          www.northsound2.co.uk 

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WAVES RADIO PETERHEAD: This station was created by local man Norman Spence back in 1989, having looked into the possibilities of operating a trial radio service for the Peterhead area.  He commenced discussions with the Chairman of the local Peterhead Scottish Week festival, which aims to promote Scottish delicacies and products as well as the town itself.  The Chairman liked what he heard and progress was made.  The year was not a lucky one - Norman's licence application was refused due to the week's activities consisting of a set of events taking place at several locations throughout Peterhead - something a Special Events Licence did not cover according to the broadcasting authorities.  A year later, and things went a bit better - permission was granted for a fresh application and Waves Radio was launched.  

The station quickly made it's mark in both the public's and local business' eyes.  A petition was started by listeners in support of the service and as a result of it's success, began to come on-air each July from 1990 onwards with some Christmas broadcasts in 1994 & 1995.  Very much a temporary set up previously, hired in and built for the broadcasts, a more permanent facility was built in 1994.  Broadcasts included live outside transmissions, some which included coverage of the world renowned Red Arrows Air Display Team - the station receiving high praise for the coverage of their shows.  Religious organisations were also served by the first gospel music programme, the studio was frequented by many personalities, local, national and international, and over 12,000 was raised for local charities.  With such high levels of success, a more rigid structure was needed and Waves Radio Limited was set up on 30th January 1995.  The station looked after itself financially, rigourously seeking and providing low cost radio advertising to a whole new business base.  The final trial broadcast came in July 1996 - this was because of the advertisement of a new full-time licence - much to the disappointment of the locals.  However, the disappointment was not to last.  The station applied for the licence and won it in July of 1997 launching on 6th December of the same year. 

2003 programming includes a Country Music show and a traditional Scottish and Irish music show each weeknight, a locally produced seventies show and Pat Sharp's syndicated 'Totally 80s' show on Saturdays, and 60s and Gospel Music shows on Sundays.  There's also regular 90s and chart continuous music shows aired throughout the week alongside traditional standard format shows such as Breakfast, Lunch and Drive.  Waves Radio broadcasts from Unit 2 of the Blackhouse Industrial Estate in Peterhead using 101.2FM.  It sells it's own advertising and is totally self-dependent, not being owned by any large Scottish or English radio group. www.wavesfm.com 

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ME FM (Multi-Ethnic FM): Serving around 50,000 potential listeners across Aberdeen, Me FM offers a mix of educational programming produced by a team of volunteers from across several religious and social groups and ages.  Programming content focuses on news, current affairs, worldwide issues, discussion, books, talk shows, drama and a wide variety of specialist music styles more than you can shake a stick at.  The station and company behind it (MeAL) was created by Kemi Adebayo, who works closely with a large group of local organisations, companies and multicultural communities across Aberdeen.  Kemi, along with one other recipient, was lucky enough to get the On the Line Millennium Award of almost 5,000 funded with a National Lottery grant by the Millennium Commission.  Further funding of 3,000 came from the Scottish Executive through the grant-in-aid for Unemployed Voluntary Action Fund.  Through the scheme, 200 people across the UK were given funding for ground breaking projects the forge links between the UK and Africa.  Kemi used some of the finances to record broadcast material in Ghana - he was also able to recruit 20 volunteers from across ethnic backgrounds to assist in the station's output.  It first aired in May of 2001, and entered the Guiness Book of Records when a volunteer DJ played music non-stop for 73 hours and 30 minutes.  It went on to unsuccessfully apply for a Access Radio Pilot licence - losing out due to the number of competing applicant groups.  Three years worth of grant-aid came from the Community Fund  in August of 2001 to assist with station development - this assisted with a successful application to the Scottish Arts Council for a grant for broadcast equipment.  Broadcast 2 aired in March 2002 and the station makes a return for number 3 on 4th May 2003, simulcasting via the Internet.  Get more information on the station via the website at: www.multiethnic.co.uk

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