GLASGOW-based Celtic Music Radio is promising a festival of music as it prepares to switch over to 95FM transmission in July.
With 80,000 listeners a month in the Glasgow area and thousands more in 180 countries worldwide via its Internet stream, the charitable status community radio station hopes to boost its audience and further improve services.
On air since January 2008 on 1530AM in the Glasgow area, Celtic Music Radio prides itself as a station with a mission to support new musical talent and to be a strong voice for contemporary and traditional Scottish music, arts and culture.
“The change to 95FM is a landmark occasion for Celtic Music Radio, one of the biggest decisions we’ve taken since we launched six years ago,” said Ross Macfadyen, broadcaster and a director of the station.
“Our listening figures are rising so the move to FM comes at a vital time for all of us involved.
“Our programmes will be available to thousands more on 95FM so we hope what we offer will persuade people to tune in daily.
“By offering a wide-ranging festival of music round the clock, we hope to continue to appeal to our existing, loyal audience, to attract new listeners, and to bring in fresh streams of income from advertisers and sponsors to meet the increased costs we face.”
The station, run by around 30 volunteers, has a fund-raising campaign on the go as it has licence fees and increased running costs to pay because of the move to 95FM.
Any income it generates, through advertising and listener donations, goes directly to paying these expenses.
“We’re making the move to FM to raise our profile and to give our listeners a better experience when they tune in,” said Ross.
“We’ve set ourselves high standards and we’re confident people interested in the work of Celtic Music Radio will be prepared to be generous in their support.”
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