Ofcom has awarded the Glasgow / west central Scotland licence to Rock Radio, meaning the station will return to 96.3 FM.
The team behind the application has beaten Bauer, Original and GO to the licence, who all applied with different options. Rock Radio is fronted by Ciaran O’Toole, a former Manager at the original Rock Radio.
Rock Radio is described by the applicant as a station which will play the best of local, national and international guitar-based music from across the years, with a playlist heavily driven by supporting the live music scene in Glasgow, be that bands breaking on to the scene in pubs and clubs right through to the major artists playing Hampden and the Hydro.
Rock Radio broadcast on the frequency after taking over from Paisley’s local station Q96 in 2007. It was changed by its owners GMG Radio to Real XS to match its sister station, Real Radio, in 2011 and changed to XFM in 2014 under new owners Global.
Global was unable to network all of its programmes with London when rebranding the station to Radio X in 2015 so handed the licence back to Ofcom.
In an unprecedented move, Ofcom re-advertised the licence, attracting four applications.