Aircheck UK - Shetland / Orkney Isles

UPDATED: 21/09/2003

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SCOTLAND

BBC LOCAL RADIO

BBC RADIO ORKNEY: The Island of Orkney's own opt-out service to BBC Radio Scotland - BBC Radio Orkney offers it's local content as 'Around Orkney' every weekday from 7:30am-8:00am. The output features local news, weather, job information, 'Mart Report' and listener's letters in 'Postbag'.  This programming can be heard locally on 93.7FM from the island's Keelylang Hill transmitter.  

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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 - see below) and became BBC Radio Nan Gaidhead.  It broadcasts on 103.5 - 105FM.  

Auntie doesn't provide BBC Local Radio for Scotland - but it did!  

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BBC RADIO SHETLAND: The opt-out service of BBC Radio Shetland can be heard on 92.7FM from the Bressay transmitter - the only local output being from 5:30pm-6:00pm as the station representatives present 'Good Evening Shetland'.  The programme includes local news and weather, what's on diary, a job feature, the island's all important 'fish report' and 'Clear Da Air'  BBC Radio Scotland can be heard at all other times.  

COMMERCIAL:  LOCAL (ILR) 

SIBC (Shetland Island Broadcasting Company): Broadcasting from studios at Market Street in Lerwick on the Isle Of Shetland, this tiny independently owned commercial radio station came to air as far back as 26th November 1987, and is specifically licenced for the Shetland Isles to the Shetland Isles Broadcasting Company Limited.  It broadcasts on two frequencies: 96.2 & 102.2 FM to an area as far out as 200 miles and 75,000 square miles of land.  Amongst it's broadcast area, there's a intertwining mass of offshore oil fields, fishing areas and an array of sea-life which is studied by marine biologists from around the world.  Transmissions come from the Ward of Bressay at 50kw, one of the British Isles most powerful broadcasting levels

A mix of contemporary adult music is transmitted by the station to a mix of people from all ages - with most individuals listening for around 15 hours per week. Over 75% is pre-release or current material with a back catalogue of the past four years.  'A' list songs get just over 50 airings per week, and the 'B' listed tracks around 30 plays per week.  Programming is local throughout the week, with no sustaining services or opt outs - independent local radio then!   From 1992, technology took over and play-out comes from digital broadcasting equipment.   The station welcomes submissions of news stories to it's news centre via telephone (01595 695181), fax (01595 695696) or via e-mail at news@sibc.co.uk.  News coverage includes information on local maritime and local industry stories.  

Unsurprisingly, SIBC has the largest audience share and the greatest reach of any station targeting the area.  Advertising for the station is sold by SIRS (Scottish & Irish Radio Sales) on a national basis, and regionally across Scotland by Scottish Radio Network Sales.  

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