Media Release: North’s newest radio station announces expansion plans

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THE north of Scotland’s newest radio station, North Highland Radio, announced last night its plans for a major expansion in the North of Scotland.

The station, which broadcasts online from Alness, used its first birthday celebration event at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness to announce its intention to seek an FM license.

More than 80 businesspeople attended the reception, where the volunteer-led community station announced it is seeking charitable status, and hopes to apply for an FM broadcast license within the next two years.

“We’ve grown very quickly,” said Lorraine Christie, chair of the Management Committee at North Highland Radio. “Our success to date is down to our supporters, including wonderful sponsors and advertisers. It’s also thanks to our volunteer presenters, and we’ll be investing in training and skills development to take them with us on our journey to FM-status.”

“What we didn’t anticipate is that our mix of music, along with talk shows featuring local people, has made the station synonymous with ‘the Highlands’ for our listeners around the world. We have inadvertently become ambassadors for the north of Scotland. We believe that is something we can build on, and which will benefit our sponsors.”

Said James Martin, vice-chair of the station’s management committee: “There’s a great variety of programmes on the station, and we’re planning to develop even more live output. To enable the station to grow, we’ll need to invest in technology, as well as in our volunteers. We’re optimistic that achieving SCIO status will help us to access new sources of funding, and build upon our success.”

North Highland Radio was established by volunteers in 2014, and broadcasts 36 unique shows each week online at and via the TuneIn app at


For more information: Laura Bruce, Bruce Public Relations on 01463 216 226.

Notes to Editors:

North Highland Radio is a volunteer-led radio station broadcasting 24-hours a day from its studio in Alness. Serving the North of Scotland and with listeners from more than 40 countries around the world, the station boasts a unique output and global reach. With 36 bespoke shows hosted by a team of 40 volunteers and featuring local people, North Highland Radio offers something special to its listeners. To learn more or have a listen, visit

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