A Novel Radio Station for Glasgow.
By Art Grainger
Posted 1 April 2016, 8.51am edt
A new RSL group is forming in Glasgow with plans for a new kind of radio station to celebrate upcoming Scottish celebrations.
With so many events and festivals that are close together, such as St Andrew's Day, Hogmanay and Burn's Night, all of which are recognised as being "Scottish" celebrations, ambitions are well underway for a radio station that intends to promote local and national events, including concerts and live broadcasts, which will be held throughout Scotland between November and January.
Headed by Jack Thomson, who has been appointed as station manager, the radio station will have a unique sound by playing only musicians and acts that have been born in Scotland, or raised or formed in Scotland, and have had chart hits over the past six decades.
With the tagline of "All Scottish Hits, All Of The Time", listeners can expect to hear classic tracks and recent hits from acts such as the Alan Parson Project, the Bluebells, Donovan and even new music from artists such as Yasmin and Nina Nesbitt.
The station will be called Jock FM (not to be confused with similar named stations in England) and according to Jack the playlist rules will be very strict.
"You will only hear Scottish artists - nobody else," said Mr Thomson (who, he points out, is often nicknamed as Tamson). "That means that Rod Stewart will NOT be included because he was neither born nor raised here - although we will make an allowance for one of his tracks, when he dueted with Perthshire's Helicopter Girl."
"Whilst celebrating all things Scottish and playing the best in Scottish music, we intend to be a fun station with a little satire to go with our Saltire. Presenters will also have tongue-in-cheek names with a Scottish flavour that our Scottish listeners will understand and be amused by."
One presenter, Robert Campbell, a hospital radio presenter and a self professed fitness fanatic who calls himself Big Thin Boab, said he was looking forward to the station being on air around Christmas time and before Go Radio launches in early 2017.
Robert said, "The good burgers of Glasgow will get to hear real music, live from Scotland and entirely from our studios that will be located beside the Clyde, with a powerful transmitter situated in the heart of Glasgow. For a whole month we intend to bring your favourite Scottish hits and promote great events that celebrate our culture. Things are going quite smooth so far in our plans to bring a novel station to the airwaves. "
The station will be available on FM and online.
Nice one - only just seen this.
I guess they'll be playing lots of Rod Stewart too ! ;-)
If I spent another five minutes writing it, I could have added a few more names of radio stations that broadcast from studios within the Greater Glasgow area, such as Capital, Pulse, Insight (although it's no longer called that), Celtic and so on. You may have noticed Your, Smooth, Clyde and Heart in there.
By the way Rod Stewart would NOT have been included - he's not Scottish - but ironically there would have been a few acts that have or had lead singers and prominent band members who were definitely born in Scotland, including Dire Straits, John Paul Young, Talking Heads, AC/DC, Jimmy Barnes, Glass Tiger, Blow Monkeys, Cream and so on. Snow Patrol would also have been included because as well as having Scottish members, they were formed in Scotland.
Jack Thomson - aka Jock Tamson - because in Scotland we're all Jock Tamson's bairns.
Lol Arthur they will have stiff competitition as they will be up against '96.3 The Hits'.
Yes I can exclusively make up that that after EMAP's success with their trial Hits RSL in 2002 then Bauer now intend to replicate The Hits heady mix of out of work jocks and one or two not getting enough gigs from their current employers or shortly to be sacked at any rate, plus of course the big tunes on 45-90 min rotation, and all from the basement of a Church on Dumbarton Road......so at least you have a few decent pubs nearby to escape to.
In the sales office I worked in back then I made sure we had The Hits on and it was only 3 weeks later that one of my colleagues finally turned round after lunch and said 'they keep playing the same bloody songs over and over again' So to me that's a winner.
I so remember The Hits RSL in Glasgow - and being quite annoyed that it didn't seem to offer any more choice on the dial from what we already had.
I also remember ranting and raving on a radio forum and saying that if Emap really wanted to bring The Hits to Glasgow, then they should just buy over Radio Clyde (they later did) and either turn Clyde 1 into The Hits or even create a third station for Radio Clyde and put it on DAB, calling it "The Hits for Glasgow and West Central Scotland". ..........erm!!!!!
May 26th ( or thereabouts) is the day as then we will find out who is prepared to spend the 10k/more likely 25k to attempt to bring these various local dreams to fruition on 96.3. The other side of Summer will see the award.
Since my very shiney crystal ball seems to have demonstrated how well it can predict outcomes (more than a decade in advance if you read my post above), then Septic Peg is fairly confident that if the licence is given to a local group or a group that is offering a service with more local programing, then certain other radio groups will abandon daytime networking from Englandshire.
As for me - I couldn't really care. I made the conversion to DAB 15 years ago, so a new FM station (other than community radio) is of little interest to me. The chances are that it will be given to a station that is already on DAB - that's broadcasting , not testing!!!
Y'know, I started this thread as an April Fool joke. However, the idea actually came from some Spotify playlists that I compiled about a year ago. I was quite surprised at how they grew.
Taking almost all of the Scottish bands and artists that have had chart hits over the past 60 years, I have a full charted hits playlist of over 4,000 songs. Many of those songs are what I describe as "evergreens," timeless classics that are very regularly played on daytime radio and also feature in various radio stations' Top 100's that have been voted by listeners.
Then I got a bit more diverse and started creating playlists for Scottish Electronica, which now stands at 9,000 tracks and includes releases from the likes of Limbo Records, Slam and so on.
My Scottish Dance and Trance playlist features mainly tracks form the Tom Wilson era and features the Happy Hardcore and Handbag House of that time, as well as the likes of Nightcrawlers, Blueboy, The Shamen, KLF and so on, with a list of 4,000 songs.
I also have a Scottish Indie/Modern Rock playlist (7,000 tracks), Scottish soul (1,000 tracks), Scottish rock & metal, Scottish jazz, Scottish ballads and love songs and so on.
The real big surprise, with more than 30,000 tracks spread across three playlists, was Scottish Classical music.
In all, what started off as a single playlist ended up being 19 playlists, across many music genres - and none of it includes bagpipes or accordians.
I have to admit that when trawling through of my music collection, I realised that I was short of an artist.
So I bought Owen Paul's Greatest Hit (and 18 other songs) on CD the other day. Pleased To Meet You was a Radio Clyde and Radio Luxembourg favourite in its day but it never charted. Unfortunately, YouTube keeps bringing up that disasterous Pebble Mill moment.
James, Donald Where's Yer Troosers is NOT included.
Indeed, there are no tartan-clad clowns included, so that Lauder bloke is well and truly excluded as well.
Unfortunately, for the past two hundred years or so, some daft eejits have portrayed a hideous image of Scottish people being kilt-wearers, porridge munchers and bagpipe players, despite the fact that absolutely NONE of those things are traditionally Scottish. Bagpipes were introduced to Scotland by the French. Kilts were introduced to Scotland by an English Quaker (and were originally worn by Egyptians).
We did invent lots of things though - but unfortunately those English Victorian tourists weren't interested in that and preferred to believe that Scotland was like what some kind of novelist (falsely) wrote about it. Few Scottish men wear kilts (I've never worn one). Few people play bagpipes (I hate the noise) and the vast majority of us will go about our lives for entire weeks and never see heather.
After me slagging off Rod Stewart for pretending to be Scottish, I noticed a few years ago that one of the Appleton sisters (of All Saints) had developed a Scottish accent. She's Canadian! She said on that program that she had "picked-up" her new accent from her children (???!!!). She was on the One Show the other night and she's still got it. Why is she doing that?
Then again, there's a certain Scottish actor who flips between an American accent and his actual Scottish one - depending what show he is on.
We all know that Scottish people are superior to everyone else in the world - but there's really no need for imposters. :-)
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