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Jan 312016

Angie TownsendRadio Saltire was saddened on Friday to hear that our dear Angie Townsend had succumbed to the cancer she had been battling with remarkable courage and dignity over the last few years.

Angie joined the studio as a presenter in September 2013 and immediately made an impression on the team with her vibrant personality, sense of fun, and her compassion. Despite undergoing chemotherapy, Angie rarely missed a show and she delighted listeners, guests and her fellow presenters alike. Sometimes joined on air by her lovely young daughters, Angie would reach out to anyone in need to give encouragement and support. Most of us knew that Angie was facing something far more challenging than we were and it was humbling to witness her genuine concern for the well-being of others while she was fighting for her life, buoyed by her never faltering Faith.

Angie said that she enjoyed presenting her radio show immensely as it was a time when she didn’t think about cancer and something she did just for herself. Her friends at Radio Saltire know that it was impossible for Angie to do anything just for herself, however, because whatever she did, she touched those around her with her zest for life, her mischievous sense of humour and her positive attitude. Last year saw the launch of Angie’s CD “Butterfly” which is, in her own words “a collection of songs written to celebrate life, love and things I’ve wanted to say and I hope there will be at least one song in there that either touches your heart or inspires you.” It is available online at www.angietownsend.co.uk along with more of Angie’s story.

Angie remained at the studio until April 2015 and was inaugurated into the Radio Saltire “Hall of Fame” by becoming our first Honorary Member. We feel we were the honoured ones to have known Angie as a friend and colleague – a little lady with a big heart and so many talents: singer, songwriter, and storyteller and, of course, radio presenter, to name a few. Of all the roles that Angie had, the ones which meant the most to her were those of wife to her devoted husband Chris, and mother to Bethany and Ceri-Ann. Our thoughts are with all of Angie’s family at this time. It was a pleasure to have had you on our team Angie. You will be sorely missed by so many people and for those of you who pray, be patient over the next few weeks because God will be very busy having a Richt Guid Blether!

Words by Madelaine xx

Jul 072015

steve millerRadio Saltire is delighted to announce that Steve Miller will be joining us this Wednesday.

Steve has been a fan of Country Music for as long as he can remember and he’s no stranger to presenting radio shows either. So at Radio Saltire, we just couldn’t wait to get him into our studio.

Steve’s show will feature the very best in Country Music and Americana. Album and concert reviews, interviews and comments from his literary exploits await. So make sure you mark your diaries for:

The Country Music Show with Steve Miller
Every Wednesday between 6 and 8pm.

Jul 042015

Jay Crawford at Radio SaltireFriday 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!

For more photos check out our Radio Saltire Facebook page. Thanks to BSM Photography for recording the day!

Jun 242015

dab-logoRadio Saltire is delighted to announce that we’ll be hitting the airwaves in Glasgow on DAB Digital Radio later this summer.

We will be broadcasting along with our partners Scrimshaws Information Directories as part of Ofcom’s Small Scale DAB Trial, this was the only successful trial application in Scotland.

Radio Saltire’s Chairman, Andy Morris said:

This is a fantastic opportunity for Radio Saltire. We are an established online brand and expanding onto DAB during this trial is a chance that we couldn’t turn down. Our station is run entirely by dedicated volunteers who are very excited at the chance to bring their community driven programming to an even wider audience.

Radio Saltire is available all over the world via an internet connection and computer, phone or internet radio.

Further information is to follow.


May 202015

3 Harbours FestivalThe festival celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. We are blessed by its setting, along the wonderful coastline of East Lothian with its rich heritage, strong sense of community and creative spirit. The festival is run entirely by volunteers and could not have happened without the hundreds of people who have helped from the start in 2006. Cockenzie Power Station has always been a strong supporter of the festival. The station has hosted popular large-scale mixed media exhibitions including artists of international stature such as Sandy Moffat, Richard DeMarco, Calum Colvin, Will Maclean and Wei Luan. The illumination of the iconic chimneys was a festival highlight in 2008 when internationally acclaimed violinist, Tasmin Little played to the chimneys on our opening night. We are pleased that Tasmin will be returning to the festival to bid farewell to the chimneys which will be demolished later this year. Tasmin’s farewell concert will be in the beautiful surroundings of Chalmers Church in Port Seton.


Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent, in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall. Her multi-award winning and varied career encompasses international concerto and recital performances, masterclasses, workshops and community outreach work. Tasmin’s discography and performance schedule reflect her wide-ranging repertoire and she has given numerous World Premiere performances including concerti by Willem Jeths, Robin de Raaf, Stuart MacRae, Robert Saxton and Dominic Muldowney. Her recording of the Britten Concerto with Edward Gardner and the BBC Philharmonic, released in May 2013, received lavish critical praise – “one of the finest (versions) committed to disc”, “a rapturous disc”, “an incandescent commitment to the work”, “her virtuosity is breathtaking”. In 2008 Tasmin launched her project, The Naked Violin, aimed at breaking down barriers to classical music by releasing a free CD for download on her website, and performing within communities where music is rarely heard. Tasmin visited the 3 Harbours Arts Festival that year, playing to the chimneys as well as performing for young East Lothian musicians in a teepee on the Power Station site. Tasmin returns to the festival with her Naked Violin Presentation including Bach Chaconne and Ysaye Ballade in her programme. She plays a 1757 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin and the concert will be held in Chalmers Memorial Church.


We are delighted that The Pop-Up Opera Roadshow from Scottish Opera brings three pop-up operas to Port Seton Harbour. ‘A Little Bit of Carmen’ and ‘A Little Bit of Barber’ are cleverly re-written versions of the full operas, while Puffy MacPuffer & The Crabbit Canals has been specifically created for 5 to 8 year olds. Performed by two singers, storyteller and instrumentalists, each show gives a fantastic introduction to opera. These are free performances (booking recommended) staged in Scottish Opera’s Theatre Royal Community Trailer; a specially converted scenery truck that has been designed to reflect the interior of the Theatre Royal in Glasgow.


Ana Filogonio is a Brazilian mezzo soprano who started to sing in a choir when she was 13 years old, together with her two sisters. Since then Ana has sung in different choirs in her native city Belo Horizonte – Brazil and choirs in Edinburgh. Ana works as a care worker at Harlawhill Day Care Centre in Prestonpans where she not only looks after the clients but also entertains them, with her beautiful voice and charisma. With their support and encouragement Ana recorded a CD called JUST to raise money for the day care centre. In 2013, Ana was one of the finalists of Edinburgh Has Talent, which gave her the opportunity to perform to a full house of the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh. In 2015 Ana sang at the official launch of the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry in the Prestonpans Community Centre during festival and again for the tapestry launch at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. She will entertain her audience with a selection of songs from operas and musicals as well as some Scottish and Brazilian favourites in the Cockenzie Old Parish Church.


In the true spirit of the 3 Harbours Arts Festival, local scrapyard, Samuel Burns & Co. will host a creative happening orchestrated by local band, The Domestics. Their unique mix of eclectic alt-country music comes together with poetry by John Lindsay – the ‘Mad Laird of Morvern’ and an art experience by Laura Young. All of this surrounded by unwanted goods or soon to be found treasures, is a wonderful event not to be missed.


Weaving Musical Threads presents Mill Girls on Tour, a tribute to the working women known as ‘the Mill Girls’ who worked in Paisley’s threadmills in the 19th and 20th centuries.


As always there is a strong community involvement in the festival, with primary schools and Preston Lodge High School creating pieces that can be found all around the festival. A United Festival Open Air Service brings together three churches in Cockenzie and Port Seton, and the Coastal Regeneration Alliance presents a ‘Community inspired Vision’ for the Cockenzie Power Station site. Of course, visual art is at the core of the festival and every year we welcome a range of artists from professional to amateur. Chalmers Memorial Church Hall, Cockenzie Methodist Church, Cockenzie Business Centre and The Prestoungrange Gothenburg will be showcasing the largest mixed media exhibitions but also treat yourself to a stroll around the many smaller venues such as the Open Houses and studios as well as local art gallery, The Harbour Gallery with its collection of John Bellany paintings, and the Mural Festival in Cuthill Park. Meet the artists and soak up the festival atmosphere at your leisure.

See the 2015 Brochure Here!

May 132015

Scoot LogoRadio Saltire is delighted to announce that we have been chosen as an award winner in this year’s Scoot Headline Business Awards.

The Scoot Headline awards is a prestigious business awards campaign to recognise and reward the successes and achievements of British businesses, large and small. SCOOT, the leading online business directory, have been sponsoring these awards for a number of years.

More than one million companies of all types and sizes were invited to apply for a Scoot Headline Award. To win, they had to tell the judging panel how their success stories could make headlines – hence, The Headline Awards.

Radio Saltire was awarded a National Bronze in the Scottish Service Industry category. Full results can be found here: http://www.headlineawards.co.uk/winners-2015

Scoot Awards Winner