Friday 3rd. July will be remembered by those involved in Radio Saltire as the day we came of age. The day Jay Crawford opened our new studios in Tranent and the day we announced to the world our plans to launch on the DAB platform in September.
Around 50 people including volunteers, distinguished guests and of course our Patron, the Dowager Duchess of Hamilton gathered in the studio.
Chairman Andy Morris welcomed everyone and in an interesting address gave an overview of the history of the station, what had been achieved and acknowledged the help assistance and encouragement given by both volunteers and supporters alike. He also announced that Radio Saltire would be joining a consortium of community stations that would be involved in Ofcom’s Small Scale Trials that were to commence in September. Unfortunately, the majority of interest in Scotland had emanated from radio stations in the west so Ofcom’s testing would be Glasgow based. However, this would be the first step into terrestrial broadcasting for the station and will add a potential listening audience of almost 1 million to the already enviable listener base.
Jay Crawford gave a very interesting speech outlining his extensive career in radio and offered advice to our presenters. He seemed very impressed with our facilities and could see no reason at all why our success thus far should only be the start of things to come. He unveiled a plaque to commemorate the day and went on to be interviewed live on air by David (Caldwell) during the Brunch Show.
This was a fantastic day for everyone involved with Radio Station and one, we won’t forget. The only way now – is UP!