L107: the incredible bouncing station?
When Lanarkshire's L107 ended its programming on Monday morning, many industry observers believed it to be the end for a service that had had more than its fair share of problems.
Three owners, two relaunches and an eleventh-hour buyout by Mark Page were just part of the eventful life of the North Lanarkshire station. But, incredibly, reports are emerging that the frequently beleaguered licence could be set for yet another miraculous revival.
Scottish web-based news service Allmediascotland is carrying a [url=http://www.allmediascotland.com/articles/2931/20082008/lanarkshire_station_saved_from_closure]report[/url] that businessman and former Wireless Group executive Alan Shields is the station's fourth owner and L107 is set to reappear on the area's airwaves.
And in another surprise move, venerable phone-in presenter Scottie McClue has been drafted in to work on the resurrected L107, along with a number of the station's former staff. Shields told Allmediascotland that he was confident of his ability to make a success of things: "I know I can make L107 financially successful and am already looking to acquire at least one more radio station before the end of the year. Maybe even more after that."
The station launched in 1999 as Clan FM, before a buyout by the ill-fated Kingdom Group and a relaunch as 107 The Edge. It was saved from the axe when Century Radio presenter Mark Page, operator of the Garrison Radio stations, bought the licence from Kingdom.