Dec 312014

After the tragic killing of a puppy belonging to a family in East Lothian, an organisation has set up an appeal in its memory to raise money and keep the spirit of the pet alive.

The dog walking team Dirty Paws Lothian and its organiser, Tranent-based Grant Redpath, have set up a fundraising drive which has already seen a wave of support and donations from people. The campaign, set up in the name of the cocker spaniel, Mia, has so far raised over £330 and is growing yet still. Donations will continue to be accepted until January 31’st.

You can donate via this web link:

As well as this, the team will also be arranging an Auction/Raffle – which will include free dog walking for a week. Donating can still be arranged, even if it’s as little as a £1 and PayPal and cards are accepted. Even simply sharing the team’s Facebook news feeds can ensure you can make a contribution.

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Dec 302014

New Year FireworksWe’ve got a couple of small changes to Wednesday’s schedule before the party really gets going on New Year’s Day.

David Caldwell will be sitting in for Rosanne over tea time and a last minute change of plans means that we’ll be re-playing one of Angie’s top shows from a few weeks ago.

New Year’s Day

Radio Saltire will be getting 2015 off to a flying start this Thursday with a variety of great presenters and tunes to bring in the New Year.

On the early shift is David and Scott with Brunch, live in the studio from 9am.

Iain Swanston takes over with those Ultimate 70’s tracks. He takes control from 1pm before handing over the studio to Craig Gordon at 4pm.

Craig’s New Year Jukebox keeps the tunes coming right up until 8pm.

Soul Time’s New Year Party adds that essential touch of Northern Soul to the day before Kevin Black’s BlackOnBlues brings the day to a close at 10.30pm.

Happy New Year!

Once again, everyone at Radio Saltire would like to wish everyone a happy, prosperous and successful new year. Thanks for all your support over the last few years and we hope you’ll continue the ride with us as 2015 gets into gear.

Stay safe.

Dec 262014

Police ScotlandPolice in East Lothian have issued an appeal for witnesses to an attempted theft from a house in Aberlady this morning (December 26, 2014) in which a family pet was killed.

The incident took place in the town’s
Tranter Crescent about 1.45am while the family was sleeping.

The occupants disturbed the two men in the house, who then escaped.

They then discovered the intruders removed their eight-week-old puppy from its cage in the kitchen and had killed it.

The first suspect is described as a white male about 25 years old, 5’9” – 5’10”, medium build, with a spotty (acne) chin/mouth area. He was wearing a dark coloured hoodie with a light zip and pull cords on the hood, dark colour tracksuit bottoms and dark shoes or trainers.

The second suspect is described as being a man of similar build and height also wearing dark clothing.

Detective Inspector Samantha Ainslie, who is leading the investigation, said:

This was a horrific and cruel incident and it is essential we trace these men as soon as possible.

In the meantime our enquiries are ongoing and high visibility reassurance patrols are being conducted in the local area.

Anyone who recognises the description of the men, or who has any information about this incident is asked to call Police Scotland on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Dec 262014

There’s a new café coming to Musselburgh – but it’s a café with a big, big difference.
Starfish Recovery is a registered charity based in Dalkeith and they have another café in Edinburgh – but this is the first café of its kind in East Lothian.

It will be run by people in recovery, carers and other volunteers and is supported by the Mid & East Lothian Drugs and Alcohol Partnership (MELDAP), NHS Lothian and the Church of Scotland.

The Starfish Recovery Café will offer a drug and alcohol free space where people can socialise and share their aspirations – but also a centre that will be open to the whole community.

The café will be based at the Hope Church in Musselburgh and will be open every Wednesday between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm from Wednesday 7th. January serving tasty snacks, home-made cooking and hot drinks to enjoy either on the premises or to take away.

Starfish Recovery is there primarily to help and support those who have drug and alcohol problems.

During Tuesday’s Brunch Show, Andy Morris will be talking to a couple of volunteers who themselves are in ‘recovery’ but have been instrumental in getting the project off the ground.
Should be an interesting listen.

Tune in at 11.00 am on Tuesday to hear the full interview.

Dec 242014

Tawny OwlPolice in East Lothian are investigating the shooting of an owl near Gifford.

The bird appears to have been shot sometime on the night of 18th of December, and was discovered near the B6355 road, south of Gifford, after a report of damage to a telephone line. The birds remains have since been positively identified as that of a Tawny Owl.

Police are asking for anyone with any information about this, or any other wildlife crime, to contact them on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Dec 242014

Special Treat for Christmas DayChristmas Tree

Davie Martin takes a break from his usual weekend slot to get Christmas Day off to a fantastic start. He’ll be in the Radio Saltire Studios from 8am, so get your Christmas messages in quick.

Following Davie, Craig Gordon will keep the tunes coming. Craig will be in the Studio until 2pm, ready to take your requests and dedications.

We then have Christmas Specials from Andy Morris and Alex Mercer. Andy’s GREAT Golden Christmas Oldies will run down the very best in classic Christmas tracks before Alex adds in a touch of Country.

Daz and Stu have produced a wonderful Soultime Christmas Stocking for their regular slot at 8pm and the day finishes off with BlackOnBlues.

The full listing can be found on our Schedule Page.

Radio Saltire would like to wish Everyone a Very Merry Christmas!

It’s been another incredibly busy year for the station. We’ve moved to bigger and better premises (again!) and welcomed an increasing number of volunteers and new presenters. The station goes from strength to strength but we couldn’t do it without you.

Thank You and have a Brilliant Christmas.