The Radio Authority's closing date for receipt of applications for the new Independent Local Radio (ILR) licence for the city of Glasgow and surrounding parts of west Central Scotland was today (1 July). Thirteen applications have been submitted for this licence, for a service on the FM (VHF) waveband. The adult population of the area within which this new service should be received is over 1.6 million.
The details of those applying are listed below, together with a brief outline of each group's proposed programme format:
THE ARROW (THE ARROW [GLASGOW] LTD.) - 9 Lynedoch Crescent, Glasgow, G3 6EQ (contact: Phil Riley, 020 7470 1077; or Audrey Cousin, 0141 333 0557); Glasgow's adult rock station, with classic songs from the legends of rock combined with great tracks from more contemporary acts; The Arrow will also be a showcase for Glasgow's vibrant live music scene and the place to discover the great Glasgow rock bands of the future;
BASE FM (BASE FM SCOTLAND LTD.) - 292 Dyke Road, Glasgow, G13 4QU (contact: Charles Gray, 01698 302646 or 07939 280069; or Brian Murphy, 07881 761325); will be a full-service station appealing to 18-44 year olds across the Greater Glasgow area and reflect their urban tastes with a broad 'urban' mix of soul and r 'n' b, informative local and regional news and lively presentation;
CLYDE ASIA RADIO (ALPINE MEDIA LTD.) - 262 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NE (contact: Syed N. Jaffri, 07768 516180; or Irfan Younis, 07966 460185); to provide a professional mainstream broadcasting service targeting the Asian community in Greater Glasgow and beyond;
GLASGOW GOLD (GLASGOW GOLD LTD.) - Unit 1a, Four Wind Pavilion, Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1EB (contact: James Graham, 0141 566 6106; or Nathalie Schwarz, 020 7766 6163); dedicated to the 40-59 year-old 'Gold Generation' of music lovers in the west of Scotland, Glasgow Gold will be the home of the greatest pop, rock, soul and motown hits of the past five decades - it will have credibility, confidence and a distinct sound, creating strong local roots through the Glasgow Gold Community Trust and committing to hourly on-air support for its community partners and activities;
105.2 GLASGOW'S MAGIC FM (GLASGOW'S MAGIC FM [RADIO] LTD.) - Beresford House, 5 Claremont Terrace, Glasgow, G3 7XR (contact: James Faulds, 0141 332 4124; or Gus Mackenzie, 07930 405417); will be a 'more music, less talk' station super-serving the city of Glasgow, from studios in the heart of the city 24 hours a day featuring news and information for Glasgow and targeting women aged 35 and over by playing a daytime mix of soft classic and contemporary songs - the greatest hits from the greatest artists - and showcasing classic soul and rock in the evenings, with a football-free zone at weekends;
GO-FM (GLASGOW FM LTD.) - The Production Centre, The Tollgate, 19 Marine Crescent, Glasgow, G51 1HD (contact: Alan Clements, 0141 429 1750; or Lesley Alexander, 0141 222 2040); a dynamic music and speech service for those who work, live or play in Glasgow;
105.2 MY-FM (ABSOLUTE RADIO SCOTLAND LTD.) - Suite 15, Claymore House, 145 Kilmarnock Road, Glasgow, G41 3JA (contact: Pamela Richardson, 0141 423 6847); a soft adult alternative radio station for Glasgow offering the over-35s quality music with local news and information about life in our great city; my-fm is about the people we know, the things we do, the places we go and the music we really love - radio for the rest of us, finally!;
SAGA 105.2 FM (SAGA RADIO [GLASGOW] LTD.) - The Saga Building, Enbrook Park, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 3SE (contact: Ron Coles, 0115 943 5050; or Tim Bull, 01303 771003); a full service format of easy, familiar, melodic music, mixed with news and lifestyle oriented speech designed to cater for the tastes and interests of listeners aged 50 years and over;
SMOOTH FM (SMOOTH FM LTD.) - Glasgow Business Park, Glasgow, G69 6GA (contact: John Myers, 07768 186989; or Jeff Stephenson, 07710 073021); a music, news and information station for Greater Glasgow adults in 'middle youth' (45-64);
FM 105.2 THE STORM (THE STORM [GLASGOW] LTD.) - 272 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5RL (contact: Geoff Ellis, 0141 566 4999); will be a locally-originated, music-led radio station playing quality rock music, promoting local rock talent and providing information about and opportunities for entertainment, live music and sport that complement the listener's lifestyle in Glasgow;
SUNRISE RADIO SCOTLAND (SUNRISE RADIO [SCOTLAND] LTD.) - 50 Auchenbothie Crescent, Roboyston, Glasgow, G33 1GF (contact: Shammy Batra, 07876 256052 or 0141 557 3060 or 020 8574 6666; or Avtar Lit, 07974 570760); will bring commercial analogue listening choice to the Glasgow Asian population - particularly 15-54s - through a vibrant, locally produced mix of music, news, Asian views and local community information, modelled on the established success, popularity and professionalism of the Sunrise brand elsewhere in Britain;
3C (3C GLASGOW LTD.) - Clydebank Business Park, Clydebank, Glasgow, G81 2RX (contact: Pat Geary, 0141 565 2307; or David Goode, 0141 565 2203); a full service radio station for Glasgow, serving a cool continuous mix of today's country music with relevant information and a 24-hour news flow;
VIRGIN 105.2 (VIRGIN RADIO GLASGOW LTD.) - 200 Renfield Street, Glasgow, G2 3PR (contact: Bobby Hain, 0141 300 3300); Glasgow's rock radio station.
Copies of these applications will be available for public scrutiny in the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and at the Authority's offices in London. The Authority welcomes public comments on the proposals put forward by the applicants, and upon the tastes and requirements of listeners in this area. These should be sent to the Director of Development, Radio Authority, Holbrook House, 14 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5DG, to arrive by 29 September 2003.
The Authority hopes to announce its decision about the award of the licence towards the end of the year.
NOTE TO EDITORS
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