A FORMER chair of the radio station, Central FM, is rejoining the station’s board, as a non-executive director.
Norman Quirk has previously served as a director of Central FM in the mid 90’s, then becoming chair in 1996. During that time he was also a founder investor and director in the Fife ILR, Kingdom FM.
Says John Quinn, Central FM chair: “Norman’s connection with the radio station was rekindled when he led our bid to apply for the re-advertised west central Scotland licence, Original FM.
“Norman’s distinguished career in Scottish commercial radio began in 1974 when he became the financial controller of Radio Clyde, a post he held for many years, during which time he played a significant role as a member of the team of executives that made the station the most successful in the UK.
“In 1996, he was appointed MD of the Central Belt regional radio station, Scot FM, which at the time was losing one million pounds a year. Within a year of his appointment, Norman had met all the agreed company targets and moved the station from loss to profitability.
“With this achievement, he became chair of the group, tackling the challenge of overseeing new licence applications, strengthening IRG Scotland’s position as digital radio began, and representing the group within the business community in Scotland.”
The Independent Radio Group of Scotland Ltd owned Scot FM, 96.3QFM, Discovery FM and was a major investor in Kingdom FM.
Continues Quinn: “Norman continued to play a key role in managing the company’s Scottish assets until they were bought by The Wireless Group in 2000.
“In 2003, Norman was appointed managing director of SAGA 105.2fm, a new ILR station which had been awarded the licence to broadcast to Glasgow and West Central Scotland. The service exceeded audience projections in its first RAJAR and went on to become one of the most successful stations in Scotland. Norman continued as MD until SAGA’s Radio Division was sold to GMG in 2007.”
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