30 December 2020
Ardchattan Radio

An online Radio Station to serve the Ardchattan Community Council area. Local news with a community focus. Local history, heritage and culture.

Listen here http://www.radioking.com/radio/ardchattan

Ardchattan Community Centre is proudly presenting a new online radio station. Thanks to funds from the Scottish Government’s Supporting Communities pot, the station has been up and running since May 2020.

Listeners already have a line-up of shows they can tune in to at the click of a button and there will be more to come, says Ardchattan Community Centre chairperson Breege Smyth.

A shoutout for budding presenters could bring in shows from anywhere in the world, says Breege, as long as wannabe presenters have some kind of link to the Ardchattan area.

‘The sky’s our limit! Today’s technology means shows can be broadcast from people’s homes anywhere in the world, although we will be looking for some kind of connection to Ardchattan – it might be someone in New Zealand who happens to live in a street named after somewhere round here!

Ardchattan Radio goes online

‘We’d like to hear from anyone interested in getting involved who feels they have something to contribute, whether it’s their taste of music or a particular interest of theirs,’ added Breege.

The idea for the station was in response to COVID-19 and a need to keep people informed about what help was at hand and what services were available.

Weekly shows in the schedule mix so far will cover anything and everything from music to news updates from around the Ardchattan Community Council, digging into archives from bygone times, weekend what’s ons, a regular  fun quiz and a look at the world of farming, as well as a one-hour religious show featuring guests, and a cookery programme opening a door into the kitchens of local cooks and bakers sharing top tips and favourite recipes.

Fiona Wallace from Argyll Talking Newspapers will also have a weekly slot reading from The Oban Times.

‘It’s all organic and going to be exciting to see how the station grows, we will be able to give training to people who are interested and want to contribute. The more people who get in touch and want to get involved, the more people will have to listen to,’ said Breege.

Funding from Supporting Communities helped Ardchattan Radio get all the necessary licences and cover costs of vital subscriptions and legalities, and the hope is more financial support will keep coming its way.

Talks about the community getting ownership of the old school in Bonawe as a hub are proceeding and one ambition for the future is to turn one of its rooms  into a studio as a permanent home.

Interested in getting involved? Ardchattan Community Centre can be contacted on 07843 108095

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