Aircheck UK - Dumfries-shire

UPDATED: 19/09/2003

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SCOTLAND

BBC LOCAL RADIO

BBC RADIO SCOTLAND opened on 23rd November 1978 taking over from Radio 4 Scotland.  It provides a national service on FM frequencies 92-95FM & 810 MW.  

BBC RADIO NAN EILEAN was the first Gaelic language service, and commenced on 5th October 1979.  Six years later, in the October of 1985, it merged with Radio na Gaidhealtachd (which was a Gaelic opt-out of Radio Highland) and became BBC Radio Nan Gaidhead.  It broadcasts on 103.5 - 105FM.  

BBC RADIO SOLWAY: This opt-out service from BBC Radio Scotland ran from 16th April 1983 until just before it's tenth birthday in January 1993.  It was specifically designed to cover Dumfries & Galloway.  

COMMERCIAL:  LOCAL (ILR) 

SOUTH WEST SOUND / WEST SOUND FM: This commercial radio station serves Dumfries & Galloway with a mix of adult contemporary and chart music, news, sport and local information from studios at Unit 40 of the Loreburne Centre in the Dumfries High Street.  Its broadcasts (which commenced on 21st May 1990) can be heard on three FM frequencies: 97FM (Dumfries), 103FM (Kirkcudbright & The Machars) & 96.5 (Stranraer).  

West Sound's history actually stems back to 16th October 1981 when it began serving the Isles of Cumbrae and Arran, and Ayrshire itself with a mix of easy listening music.  Nine years later, it won a further licence to cover Dumfries and Galloway.  The service came from studios within Dumfries' Crichton Hospital.  In the early days of it's broadcasts, it only operated on 97FM & 103FM.  A survey was carried out early on, for which the results showed that the station was the second most listened to station around.  A community orientated campaign was then instigated which then took the station to number one with over 40% of the audience.  The station has improved further since that time.  

It was 1998 when the stations arms were stretched further to embrace Stranraer on 96.5FM.  By this time, current owners Scottish Radio Holdings (SRH) had acquired the station pumping in additional financial resources to provide the extra transmission facilities and to reach a greater audience.  This financial boost has also led to the building and equipping of new studios and facilities in the Loreburn Centre.  The first Scottish Minister Henry McLeish opened the new studios on 17th August with a seamless change-over from old to new - but the station was relaunched to coincide with this event.  The first record on the relaunch was Robbie Williams' 'Eternity'.  

WEST SOUND / WEST SOUND RADIO / WEST SOUND AM: West Sound's history actually stems back to 1981 when it began serving the Isles of Cumbrae and Arran, and Ayrshire itself with a mix of easy listening music.  In the early days of it's broadcasts, it operated on  96.7, 97.5FM & 1035AM.  

On 21st May 1990, nine years after launching on all frequencies, it won a further licence to cover Dumfries and Galloway.  It was here that a relaunch took place for both FM & AM services.  FM became SOUTH WEST SOUND / WEST FM in it's appropriate areas of Dumfries, Kircudbright & Wigtownshire and Ayrshire respectively whilst AM became known as WESTSOUND AM.  This was due to the acquisition of the station by current owners Scottish Radio Holdings. (SRH) pumped in additional financial resources. WestSound AM 1035 plays a mix of classic and new hits plus speech content on news, local information and sport.  It serves Ayrshire from studios at Radio House, 54a Holmston Road in Ayr.

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THE FUTURE: South-West Scotland ILR station South West Sound Ltd has some competition for it's licence covering Dumfries and Galloway.  South West Sound operate a service of adult contemporary and chart music, local, national and international news, local sport and information and have submitted a bid to the Radio Authority under this proposal.  The competitor is named as D-G Radio Ltd who are proposing to 'provide a full service radio station providing truly local radio for the people of the Dumfries and Galloway area for the first time.'  The new licence will be awarded for a period of eight years - but this is to be amended to twelve years under the new broadcasting legislation when enacted - from 1st January 2005.  We'll bring you licence award news as soon as we know it.

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