Feb 172012

PRESS RELEASE – 17TH. February 2012

East Lothian FM has announced that it has formally applied to Ofcom for a Community Broadcasting Licence for East Lothian.

East Lothian FM LogoThe Haddington based Internet radio station has been broadcasting from their Market Street studios in Kilspindie House since October last year and during the short time they have been ‘on air’ have built up an excellent reputation and following for their work within and for the community.

Apart from offering a daily mix of music and chat with local volunteer presenters representing all ages, over the Christmas period they were in attendance at the Rotary Club of Haddington’s, ‘Haddington on Skates’ extravaganza, providing free music and live outside broadcasts from the Corn Exchange. Their efforts produced much praise from the community in general and from the Haddington and other Rotary Clubs around the county.

East Lothian FM Chairman Andrew Morris praised the commitment that his team of volunteers have put in during the relatively short existence of the station.

I cannot express my gratitude and appreciation well enough for the dedication every member of the team has had for this venture. We have all put so much into this and everyone around me has to be applauded for their individual input.

A year ago, few of us knew each other but now we are a family. We have an excellent ‘team spirit’, which clearly comes across on air, and everyone who has come into contact with us has voiced their appreciation about what we are doing, the way we are doing it and how much we mean to the county.

We have received letters of encouragement and support from many quarters including numerous community based groups and quite a number of individual East Lothian Councillors. Even our Provost, Sheena Richardson has given us her full backing together with the support of East Lothian Council who we look forward to working with closely if our application for a licence is accepted.

East Lothian is one of the few remaining counties in Britain not to have its own dedicated Community Radio Station and I know the demand in these parts for one is very high indeed. If we are successful in our application, I can promise that we will, as our motto says ‘Put a Smile on Your Dial’ working together with and for the community of the county.

East Lothian FM can be found at http://radiosaltire.org