It’s been another busy month here at Heartland FM and although this has meant we haven’t had much time to enjoy the glorious weather, it has certainly put a spring in our step.
The last week of May saw us celebrate Local Radio Day, a national campaign to help raise the profile and highlight the important role that local radio has in a community. The aim was to celebrate the partnership that exists between radio stations and their listeners and sets out to demonstrate the difference that local really makes.Our station manager Alistair Smith held a special live broadcast with a number of guests, including: local author Norma Lindsay, Gillean McNab from Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, Gayle Oliver from the Scottish Crannog Centre and Sue Cole from Blairgowrie Community Market as well as Callum Beattie singer performing at the Biggest Weekend in Perth. We also had some familiar voices join us for a chat including Charles Fletcher from Caledonia Media as well as presenters Clive Bridges, Megan Kerfoot, Graham Howie, Howard Simpson and Eddie Rose.
The day was great fun for all involved and allowed us to highlight the importance of local radio and its role within the community. We also managed to bag Graham a go on a tractor - a long standing dream of his!
The rest of the time we have continued preparing for our move to 23 Atholl Road, Pitlochry. This has involved sorting out a couple decades worth of music, posters and stationary and having been on air since 1992 we inevitably uncovered some old gems. Also if anyone ever needs an envelope we have quite a few! We are very excited to be moving to our new home which will not only have two fantastic studios but also provide us with a light bright space where you are welcome to pop in and say hello. Our new online streaming service, social media platforms and website are almost ready to launch and our summer programme schedule is set too. This will allow for the radio station to continue to be at the heart of the local community whilst also making it easier for listeners to access the station and share their opinions on a variety of matters.
Our vision is to become a local, accessible media hub based in Pitlochry, run by, and for the community we serve. If you have any questions or would like to get involved please email Alistair at firstname.lastname@example.org and here’s to the future of your community run radio station - Heartland FM.