Rock Radio Glasgow, with backing from promoters and musicians, beat rival bids by Original, Go and media giant Bauer to secure the 96.3 FM licence
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Andy Copping, Geoff Ellis and a host of international rock stars are supporting the creation of a local live music-focused station for the city
By IQ on 22 Jul 2016
Promoters, politicians and rock royalty have thrown their weight behind Rock Radio Glasgow’s bid for the licence for the vacant 96.3 FM frequency, covering west-central Scotland.
If successful, Rock Radio Glasgow – formed by promoter and venue owner Donald MacLeod, radio veteran Ciaran O’Toole and manager and Music Industries Association chief executive Paul McManus – will have an an output that “reflects Glasgow’s thriving live music scene” by focusing solely on local rock acts, both emerging and established.
“This is an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I felt could not be missed,” says MacLeod. “Rock music, in all its forms, has been largely ignored by commercial stations, and for this to be case in Glasgow – a recognised Unesco city of music – is really disappointing. I want to create a radio station that plays music that makes people want to get out the house and see the brilliant bands playing in their city.”
“The creation of a dedicated rock music station would increase the demand for concerts, providing benefits to venues, promoters, bars, restaurants and hotels”
Musicians who have lent their support to the bid include Anthrax, Eagles of Death Metal, Alice Cooper, Papa Roach, Thin Lizzy, The Cult, The LaFontaines and Black Stone Cherry.
XFM Scotland was the last station to broadcast on 96.3 FM, which was vacated in September 2015 after the station failed to gain approval to network its programming from England to Scotland. Prior to XFM, the frequency was used by (in chronological order) Q96, Rock Radio and Real Radio XS.
Live Nation’s Andy Copping, booker for Download Festival, says Glasgow should “have a radio station that reflects the Glasgow music scene, one of the strongest in [Scotland]”, while DF Concerts CEO and T in the Park chief Geoff Ellis says a successful bid by Glasgow Rock Radio would increase interest in local live music. “The creation of a dedicated rock music station would undoubtedly increase the demand for concerts of this nature, providing many benefits across the city as a whole to venues, promoters, bars, restaurants and hotels, etc.,” he comments.
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