New community radio station launches in Lanarkshire

A new radio station has been launched in Lanarkshire.

Avondale Radio will serve communities in Strathaven, Glassford, Chapelton, and many other villages in the surrounding area.

It was set up by Avondale stalwarts Les Hoggan, who runs local publication Strathaven Echoes, and former DJ Kenny Quiqley.

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The pair put their heads together over a year ago and began raising funds for the project before assembling a team of volunteers.

The platform now boasts a variety of shows broadcast by 20 different presenters.

And after only launching on March 14, it’s already received a fantastic response from the local community and beyond, with over 5000 listeners tuning in.

The community station is set up on a server in Les’ house where different presenters can log in remotely and broadcast their pre-recorded shows.

“We got funding from three different sources and spent about a year working on it all before finally going live on March 14”, Les told Lanarkshire Live.

“It’s been good so far. We’re up at about 5000 listeners, which is great for our first three or four weeks.”

Avondale Radio aims to have a real community feel about the station – covering different events happening in the local area, speaking to local people, and bringing news and great listening to residents in Avondale.

Speaking on how the idea came about, Les added: “My friend Kenny phoned me one day to go out a walk with the dog as he had an idea he wanted to talk about.

“We walked about a mile round Glassford and by the time we got back to the village we had come up with the idea that we’d start a radio station.

“So we just started working on funding and put together a group of presenters, which is now at around 20.

“We have a social media team and a scheduler, so it’s all came together quite nicely.

“It’s all volunteers, lots of people across the community have come up with various ideas for shows such as our 60s and 70s shows, a rock show, a talk show and quite a range of programs.

“The focus is mainly on the community and making sure we cover things that are going on in and around the area.

“We recently went along to the Glassford Beer and Gin Festival, and we’ll be along to the Gala Day, Balloon Festival and others in the area.

“We’ll also cover the local organizations and promote what they’re doing with a range of different groups.

“It’s been well received so far. We’ve had lots of really positive feedback. People have said they like it, the different shows and the fact that it is local and covers their area.”

Les says presenting on air is quite the change from producing his local paper, but told it’s been “challenging but fun”.

The team now look forward to attending a number of Gala Days in the summer months and bringing enjoyable listening to the people of Avondale.

Avondale Radio can be played on Alexa and Google as well as being available on the station’s website here.

You can find out more on their Facebook and Instagram pages.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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