A CHARITY radio station in the north of Scotland is hitting top gear by winning a sports coverage deal.
The Scottish Rally Championship opener is the Snowman Rally, which thrills fans in and around Inverness and Ross-shire on Saturday, March 7.
And organisers of ‘The Snowman’, the Highland Car Club, have joined forces with Dingwall-based charity, North Highland Radio, to bring listeners bang up to speed in the build-up and on the weekend itself.
The exclusive link was in place last year, but severe ice last February saw the rally regrettably cancelled for safety reasons.
Now with a later date in the calendar, it’s all systems go and the internet radio station has not missed a beat, bringing listeners weekly preview news including highlighting the need for marshals and the organisers’ Rally Tinder project, which partners ideal drivers and navigators as ‘matches’.
Weekly sports preview show Alive and Kicking, produced and presented by Paul Chalk, is running driver interviews this month, with its top local entrant, Donnie MacDonald, just one of the interviewees explaining his aims alongside navigator, Andrew Falconer.
On rally weekend itself, station director, Lorraine Chisholm, and the team of volunteer presenters will deliver placings, results and reaction, using Facebook Live and Twitter as additional platforms.
Lorraine explained: “We’re proud to have been asked to be the organisers’ broadcasting choice and we’re determined to deliver the best flavour of the Snowman Rally for our listeners, locally and around the world.
“It has been great to work with Highland Car Club, who were understably gutted to have called off last year. Everyone is determined to ensure the Snowman is the success it has been known for throughout the decades.”
The Scottish Rally Championship has seven events, concluding this time in Carlisle after the summer’s Argyll Rally was cancelled.
This edition of the Snowman Rally is named after Coogie Urquhart, a former clerk of the course and stalwart of the sport, who died in 2018. NHR hit the airwaves in 2014, broadcasting from nearby Alness, before switching to Dingwall High Street three years later.
You can hear its wide range of growing output, which is dedicated to the local community, via the station’s website, the Tune In app or by using smart speakers.
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