CELTIC Music Radio 1530AM is kicking off its first Radiothon this weekend – celebrating regulator Ofcom awarding the station a slot on the sought after FM waveband last week.
Offering a unique service to Scotland’s traditional and contemporary musicians, Celtic Music Radio is the only radio station in Scotland that promotes music created and performed by the country’s practising artistes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Chairperson Alex Jenkins said: “Funding Celtic Music Radio has become increasingly difficult in the present economic climate, so we have decided to take the lead from similar radio stations in the USA. “We believe this is the first time a Radiothon has been held in Scotland by a music station.”
The Celtic Music Radiothon will be launched this Friday (August 3rd) at 8pm on the popular show ‘Thank Folk It’s Friday’ and will run through until Sunday August 12th.
During this time many of Glasgow’s musicians will play live on air for donations, there will be special donation request shows, as well as a range of items for auction including autographed CDs and a wedding photography package courtesy of www.gthphoto.com
The fundraising activity is even more important as the station looks to expand with funds required to purchase the FM transmitter equipment to enable Celtic Media Radio to start transmitting in stereo on FM later in the year.
Alex added: “We will also be asking our estimated 54,000 monthly radio listeners to help us pay the running costs of Celtic Music Radio through a monthly subscription of just £5 per month.”
Celtic Music Radio is one of the most listened to community radio stations in the UK and an important ambassador to promoting Scotland, its music and culture.
The celticmusicradio.net web stream attracts listeners from countries such as the USA, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, France, Canada, Japan, Portugal and as far away as Australia.