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Live biz-backed Rock Radio to return

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

By IQ on 31 Oct 2016

Black Stone Cherry, Rock Radio Glasgow

Rock Radio Glasgow, the Scottish live industry’s choice for the vacant 96.3 FM frequency in west-central Scotland, has won its bid and will return to the airwaves in early 2017.

Rock Radio Glasgow, which beat rival bids by Bauer, Original and Go, claims lineage from the original Rock Radio, which became Real XS in 2011 and, later, XFM Scotland. The station is the brainchild of concert promoter/venue owner Donald MacLeod, radio veteran Ciaran O’Toole and Music Industries Association chief executive Paul McManus, and has won the support of Live Nation, DF Concerts and a host of musicians, including Eagles of Death Metal, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy and Black Stone Cherry (pictured), with its promise of an output “reflect[ing] Glasgow’s thriving live music scene”.

In an emoji-heavy Facebook post last Wednesday, the station said: “Shit just got real!! ⚡️ Just incase you’ve not heard the news… WE WON!!!!!!! [sic]

“We’re gonna be back on the airwaves folks, we’ve just won the goddamn license for 96.3FM!  A huge thanks to everyone that has shown their support for the #bringbackroackradio campaign these past few months!

We salute you!!! ”


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