Isles FM appeal for help

Highlands and Islands Labour MSPs, Rhoda Grant and David Stewart, have called on the good folks of the Western Isles to get behind their community radio station, Isles FM.

The community radio station, which is entirely run by volunteers, needs to raise £6,000 before Friday, November 28th for a licence to stay on air.

The station, which has been serving the community for 20 years, had to let Ofcom know by today (Wednesday) if it was able to apply for a new licence.

This deadline has now been extended to Friday and the station still has £2,000 to secure between now and then to safeguard its future.

Mrs Grant, who will be in Stornoway later this week said: “I know the station’s volunteers have been working hard to raise the money they need for the licence and have been supported well by local businesses, individual listeners and local musicians and I would encourage everyone to dig deep to keep this station going. It is such a valuable community asset and would be a huge blow to the islands’ communities if it was unable to continue.”

Mrs Grant’s colleague, David Stewart, added: “Community radio stations are vital not just for pleasure for the masses but they offer company for many elderly people or people living alone and are a huge help to the communities they serve in keeping everyone updated with school closures, road closures, community events and the like. I really hope the community rallies behind the dedicated volunteers at Isles FM and saves the day.”