- Published: Wednesday, 29 October 2014 18:24
Two days left to to vote
Friday sees the deadline to get your votes in for the Scottish Traditional Music Awards – Na Trads – and of course we hope you will want to vote for Isles FM in the category Traditional Music in the Media. We are the station that brings you not only a wide selection of traditional, Celtic and local music during our live daily shows, but also specialist shows such as The Celtic Set, Hour Scotland, and Accordion and Fiddle Club favourites, as well as Gaelic music and chat with Maggie Smith, and news coverage of events marking success for local musicians. Our Albums of the Week in the past few months have included Norrie Tago Maciver, Skerryvore, Skipinnish and Ceòl na Cloinne, and we also provide you with top live coverage of the Hebridean Celtic Festival year after year. Please give us your vote if you haven’t already, for a big boost to your volunteer-run community radio station. You can find a link to vote on our website and on our Facebook page.
D-Day for Isles FM
The deadline for Isles FM over whether we can afford to apply for a new 12-year-licence has been extended by regulator Ofcom to this Friday. After a flush of donations yesterday, Isles FM managing director David Morrison said he was ‘hopeful, but not certain’ that the total could be reached. The station remains open until 10am on Friday morning for pledged money to be delivered, and for new donations to be made. Messages which came in with donations yesterday showed substantial community support for the station, with words like ‘in appreciation of your invaluable service to our community’; and ‘thanks for your support over the years.’ If you would like to donate now, you can do it by going to www.isles.fm, where you will find a ‘donate’ button on every page, or by looking for our Facebook page and following the donate tab at the top of the page. £6,000 must be secured by 5pm Friday. Future fundraising activities to maintain the flow of essential funds for equipment include a local musicians benefit night, a traditional music night in December and a star-prize raffle with many donations from local businesses.
Keep us on the air!
Support is picking up for Isles FM’s emergency fundraising drive, with the fund reaching £3,500 during the weekend’s live pledge shows. The community radio station, 100% run by volunteers, needs to raise £6,000 now for a licence to stay on air – and much more over the following year to upgrade outdated equipment and improve the effectiveness of the service to the community. Donations at the weekend included £200 from a local businessman, and donations up to £100 from other listeners, but we’re keen to stress that every donation, however small, gets us nearer to staying on air after the deadline on Wednesday. Managing director David Morrison said: “We’ve had offers of fantastic prizes for a raffle, local musicians volunteering to donate a gig to our cause, and lots of positive support from individual listeners. But we really are now staring the deadline in the face, with Ofcom wanting to know tomorrow whether we can afford a licence, there’s not a moment to lose if you want to keep your local radio station on air.” Isles FM is open until 10am this morning to take donations and to play your requests in exchange for your support.