Monday October 19th 2015
Midlothian’s Radio Station Black Diamond 107.8 FM is now into its eight year of operation and as a measure of its success it has been invited by OFCOM to apply for a five year extension to the community radio licence it holds.
The station keeps ‘Community’ at the heart of its commitments to OFCOM as a local station broadcasting from Newtongrange first and fore mostly to Midlothian and online to the rest of the world.
In a crowded market for listeners, Black Diamond FM unique selling point is that you hear local news, views, details of community events, consultations and performances of local artistes and school students on the same radio as the BBC and Commercial stations.
Community Radio stations are now free to raise up to £15,000 in advertising and sponsorship.
Bob Miller, chairperson said ‘This change means that we can now extend our links with the business community either through advertising, sponsorship of programmes or even acknowledgment of donations to support the development of the station. Any local businesses or individuals who would like to support the station in any way is asked to contact. firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our volunteers will get back to them.”
The station operates 115 hours of live radio per week with non-stop music taking listeners through the night and it is all done by a team of volunteers of all ages from teenagers to the one and only Bill Prentice aged 92
Heart of the Matter, Talking Points, Weekend and Community Works and local Sports coverage along with local voices ensures that they educate and inform as well as entertain through music
Their music ranges from Scottish, folk and classics to rock and reggae as well as nearly all genres of music that you can think of.
Listeners sometimes assume they have paid staff but it’s all down to a dedicated team of presenters backed up by in-house technical support.
There is still room for more presenters especially anyone who wants to wake up Midlothian by presenting a breakfast show or is prepared to cover when someone needs to take time off.
Find out more about the station and their programme schedule on www.blackdiamondfm.com or visit us on facebook or twitter.
Remember they are close to the top of your dial @ 107.8 FM. Tune in Midlothian.
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