Radio Paisley applies for community licence
A consortium of ex-Q96FM employees and local Renfrewshire businessmen have applied for a community radio licence for Paisley.
Radio Paisley would broadcast from premises on the High St, with a local news service covering the Paisley area and music aimed primarily at the over 40s in Paisley and the immediate surrounding area.
Q96 was the last local commercial radio station dedicated to Paisley but that changed to a Rock format and moved to Glasgow under its new ownership of GMG over 10 years ago, at the end of 2006. The station became Rock Radio but that too closed, eventually under the ownership of Global running the 96.3 licence as XFM Scotland. “Rock Radio” is returning to Glasgow after winning back the licence via a competitive process with Ofcom.
Local broadcasters Derek McIntyre and Gary Marshall are fronting the bid, with support from local businessman Malcolm Scott and the Chief Executive of Dumbarton based YOUR Radio Spencer Pryor.
Ex-Q96FM presenter Gary Marshall said: “Since Q96FM left the town in the mid-1990s, Paisley has had absolutely no local radio station where the citizens of this great town could raise their voices and made their opinions and views known on the airwaves. Radio Paisley aims to rectify that, by being part of the community of Paisley.”
If granted a licence to broadcast Radio Paisley would commit to training local volunteers to be able to broadcast to a professional standard, and to take over the running of the station.