XFM Scotland will launch on April 7th, replacing Real Radio XS, with new presenters on breakfast and drivetime.
The rebrand of Real Radio XS to XFM means a return for XFM to Scotland, which once occupied the licence now in use by Capital FM Scotland.
Now the station will broadcast on 96.3 using the original licence granted by The Radio Authority to Q96 in Paisley, and later became Rock Radio then XS.
Former XFM Scotland presenter Fraser Thomson will return to host breakfast weekdays 6 to 10am. Jim Gellatly will present XFM Scotland Drivetime weekdays 4 to 7pm whilst Rock Radio and XS host Tom Russell gets weekend breakfast.
For the rest of the schedule Xfm Scotland will take the London output – including Jo Good (weekdays from 1 to 4pm) John Kennedy (weekdays 10pm to 1am), Blur drummer Dave Rowntree (every Thursday 9 to 10pm) and comedian Josh Widdicombe (Saturday 10am-1pm).
XFM managing editor, Chris Baughen, said: “Coming back to Scotland after nearly six years away is huge for us. We’re really excited to be returning to our loyal listeners across the country. We’ll continue to support emerging Scottish bands, as well as XFM favourites from across indie, alternative and rock music.”
Fraser Thomson said: “Scotland has a strong connection with music so XFM is a great station for Scotland. I’ll be squeezing loads of tunes into four hours, unearthing some new gems and digging out some old favourites.”
Jim Gellatly said: “Some of the best moments of my career were on XFM Scotland so I’m over the moon to be joining the station again nearly six years on. When I got the call from Chris [Baughen], I didn’t have to think twice. It feels like coming home for me.”