TD1 Radio - A New community station under the new rules

By Art Grainger
Posted 31 March 2015, 12.08pm edt

So TD1 Radio in Galashiels has finally launched as an FM community station, after having been online for almost 5 years.

It's the first to launch in Scotland and one of the first in the UK under the new revised restrictions regarding advertising vs public funding/donations.

This one could be worth watching because it broadcasts within an area for which the ILR (Radio Borders) has a TSA of 101,000 people (yes, it is that close). It is also broadcasting from the capital town of the region, which also happens to be the same town that the ILR broadcasts from.

TD1's very existence and now its presence on FM is very timely because Radio Borders is becoming increasingly networked from Edinburgh, Glasgow and even Manchester, with a possibility of it being lost altogether if and when the Edinburgh DAB mulitplex is rolled out to include the Borders region.

The Borders region is also about to see some economic expansion when the 30 mile stretch of railyway line opens later this year, with direct train services between Edinburgh and Galashiels for the first time in 6 decades.

To make things a bit more interesting, TD1 also contains a few former Radio Borders presenters.

It's current sound is very slick and reasonably professional, reminiscent of how Radio Borders used to sound, packed with local features that go beyond tokenism. It also has an upbeat Heart-esque music policy, although it has a much broader selection of feelgood songs than you would hear on Heart.

More information

TD1 Radio
Central Borders

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