Aircheck UK - Roxburghshire

UPDATED: 13/04/2003

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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.   

COMMERCIAL:  LOCAL (ILR)

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RADIO BORDERS: This station has resisted the FM trend of ditching the word radio, and putting the term 'FM' on the end of it's name - i.e. it hasn't become 'Borders FM'.  Surprising, because it came to air in the heartland of the time when most FM stations were making the change - on this occasion, Radio Borders came on-air on 22nd January 1990.  It was the first commercial radio station of the decade and broadcasts chart and contemporary music, local news and information across the Hadrian's Wall barrier that divides England and Scotland, on four frequencies - 96.8 (Selkirk), 97.5 (Berwick), 103.1 (Peebles) & 103.4FM (Eyemouth) from studios at Tweedside Park in Galashiels.  Whilst appealing to all age groups, it particularly focuses on the 25-54 year olds of the broadcast area.  

The station launched after a frantic bit of engineering work to make sure everything was fully functional - with a 6am start compered by Danny Gallagher - at the time there was some considerable concern for the station's future, as it actually serves a smaller population that any other ILR commercial radio station in the country.  However, careful planning and structuring took control of this concern.  The first reward came in the year after launch when Radio Borders was declared 'Sony Local Station of the Year', it also received another Sony award in 1994.

Also in the station's second year on-air it launched what has turned out to be the station's most popular and longest running on-air quiz - 'The Name Game' began back in 1991 and airs from 2 until 3 each day.  Despite it's twee sounding name, it is infact a station that serves one of, if not the largest mass of land in the British Isles reaching the English coastal town of Berwick Upon Tweed across the border to Peebles-shire.  Amongst on-air features, there's regular coverage of local rugby, regular on-air appearances from the station's Veterinary Surgeon, Solicitor and Tax Advisor - there's also youth programming and the appearance of a station pet!  This being a beaver called Bobby who appears when the station goes out and about.  As you may perhaps expect, being in the North, the weather can get extremely fierce - the station has frequently provided essential travel and weather information when many areas are cut off by heavy snow - whatsmore, it comes across as an integral part of local life - and it's sound has been deeply influenced by it's listeners.  Radio Borders is owned by Scottish Radio Holdings.                                  www.radioborders.co.uk

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