Aircheck UK - Perthshire

UPDATED: 29/07/2003

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BBC LOCAL RADIOBBC 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.  

COMMERCIAL:  LOCAL (ILR)

HEARTLAND FM serves Pitlochry and Aberfeldy with local news, information, Scottish originated music, and a proportion of Gaelic & mixed language output, using 97.5 FM.  It commenced transmissions on 14th March 1992 from studios at the Atholl Curling Rink, Lower Oakfield, Pitlochry in Perthshire.  The licence is held independently by the Heartland Radio Foundation Ltd.  Their initial licence expired 13 March 2000 but was re-awarded under fast-track procedures by the Radio Authority.   Heartland FM was the third new local station licensed by the Radio Authority after its formation back in 1991. It serves just over 5,000 people aged 15+ with a community format.  

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RADIO TAY / TAY FM: It was the 17th October 1980 when what was then Radio Tay began broadcasting to Perth and Dundee.  It originally launched under simulcasting, i.e. broadcasting the same service on both AM & FM.  Upon launch, the station's presenters were criticised for being 'Dundonian' - less professional that national radio presenters who were actually better and different than that emanating from radios playing the Radio Tay service.   

In 1983, the station was heard in London!  But this wasn't a wierd atmospheric quirk.  Scottish ILR stations took out a Restricted Service Licence in Central London for four weeks using 100.5FM.  Radio Clyde, Forth, West Sound, Borders, North Sound, Central Radio, Moray Firth Radio and Radio Tay programming aired, targeted at London advertising execs who would not normally hear the Scottish stations, with the aim to get them to send some business northwards.  

Whilst other UK commercial radio stations had split a long time ago, it wasn't until 9th January 1995 that Radio Tay split into separate FM & AM services, giving the Dundee area, around 160,000 a choice of listening.  TAY FM continued on with the usual pop hit radio so recognisable and so traditional on the band.  Now owned by Scottish Radio Holdings, it originally started out as a completely separate station - however, in the 1980s,  Radio Tay merged with neighbouring Radio Forth, who in-turn also owned Radio Borders - an attractive acquisitional target - and having acquired Aberdeen's Northsound Radio SRH took over Forth, Tay & Borders in 1992. 

December 2000 saw the announcement of the start of takeover talks..  The mother group received approaches from a number of bodies and entered talks with a view to receiving an offer.  In November of 2000, SRH was the target of a stock market raid by the other big Scottish radio group SMG, owner of the two major television channels.  Shares in SRH rose and speculation was rife and the group appointed an investment banker to make a study of the group's strategies.  Groups linked with a takeover included SMG, EMAP & Capital Radio.  

However, SRH has continued under it's own steam, and Tay FM now operates on two frequencies - 102.8 for Dundee and 96.4 for Perth, broadcasting from studios at 6 North Isla Street in Dundee with a service of chart hits, AOR music, dance, sport, news and information.              www.radiotay.co.uk 

RADIO TAY / TAY AM:  It was the 17th October 1980 when what was then Radio Tay began broadcasting to Perth and Dundee.  It originally launched under simulcasting, i.e. broadcasting the same service on both AM & FM.  Upon launch, the station's presenters were criticised for being 'Dundonian' - less professional that national radio presenters who were actually better and different than that emanating from radios playing the Radio Tay service.   

In 1983, the station was heard in London!  But this wasn't a wierd atmospheric quirk.  Scottish ILR stations took out a Restricted Service Licence in Central London for four weeks using 100.5FM.  Radio Clyde, Forth, West Sound, Borders, North Sound, Central Radio, Moray Firth Radio and Radio Tay programming aired, targeted at London advertising execs who would not normally hear the Scottish stations, with the aim to get them to send some business northwards.  

Whilst other UK commercial radio stations had split a long time ago, it wasn't until 9th January 1995 that Radio Tay split into separate FM & AM services, giving the Dundee area, totalling around 160,000 a choice of listening.  TAY AM continued on with the usual classic hit and oldies format so recognisable and so traditional on the band.  Now owned by Scottish Radio Holdings, it originally started out as a completely separate station - however, in the 1980s,  Radio Tay merged with neighbouring Radio Forth, who in-turn also owned Radio Borders - an attractive acquisitional target - and having acquired Aberdeen's Northsound Radio SRH took over Forth, Tay & Borders in 1992. 

December 2000 saw the announcement of the start of takeover talks..  The mother group received approaches from a number of bodies and entered talks with a view to receiving an offer.  In November of 2000, SRH was the target of a stock market raid by the other big Scottish radio group SMG, owner of the two major television channels.  Shares in SRH rose and speculation was rife and the group appointed an investment banker to make a study of the group's strategies.  Groups linked with a takeover included SMG, EMAP & Capital Radio.  

However, SRH has continued under it's own steam, and Tay AM now operates on two frequencies - 1161 AM for Dundee and 1584 for Perth, broadcasting from studios at 6 North Isla Street in Dundee with a service of chart & classic hits, sport, news and information - it now reaches an estimated 200,000 people across Tayside, Perthshire and North East Fife.           www.radiotay.co.uk 

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