Local News for Friday 21st April 2017
Volunteers urged to step forward for community radio
Today’s 24-hour broadcast on Isles FM gives would-be volunteers an ideal opportunity to step forward and support the island’s community radio station, which is run entirely by volunteers. New presenters are always needed, especially for key shows such as Duisg! and Drivetime, but there’s also a need for behind-the-scenes support from people willing to answer phones, welcome visitors, and help with all the tasks which keep the station running. Anyone interested is welcome to call in at any time today at 50 Seaforth Road in Stornoway.
Today’s marathon broadcast starts with Duisg, and at 10am Crazy Carl will be with you for three hours of great music, chat and celebration giveaways. Between 1 and 2pm Uilleam Macleod brings you Friday Floor-fillers to get you in the mood for a great weekend, and later programmes include a special Gaelic hour with Maggie Smith at 6pm, the favourite Rock and Ceilidh show with Uilleam between 9pm and 1am and Iain Maciver and Stella presenting their Overnight Success from 1 to 4am. From 4am Allan Smithyman entertains and we round the clock with Carl at 7am to welcome in your Saturday.
MP questions Election blow to renewables
The snap General Election called by Prime Minister Theresa May could have an impact on progress for renewable energy from the islands, according to Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil. Mr MacNeil has written to Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to ask for an urgent update following his visit to Stornoway just two weeks ago. Mr MacNeil said: “At this meeting the Secretary of State was unable to confirm when a decision would be made as to whether the islands will be included in the next round of Contract for Difference allocations. I am concerned that this snap General Election on 8th June will further delay progress. Many years have been spent on trying to move forward on island renewables and I have written to Mr Clark to ask him what the implications of the forthcoming General Election will have on island renewables.”
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Local News for Thursday 20th April 2017
Marathon live broadcast rewards patient listeners
A 24-hour live broadcast is to bring Isles FM back with a bang tomorrow, as the community radio station celebrates a return to the air. Isles FM has been broadcasting music and regular programmes since the weekend, but the marathon live broadcast is planned to reward patient listeners who’ve had to put up with ‘radio silence’ while fundraising for a new transmitter took place. From 7.30am tomorrow there’ll be a constant flow of music, chat, live interviews and drop-in guests, with regular volunteers taking shifts in the presenter’s chair all through the day and night. The bumper broadcast kicks off with Duisg, the breakfast show tomorrow, and will see Kathleen Maciver, Uilleam Macleod, Carl Easton, Maggie Smith, Norman Campbell, Iain Maciver and Stella, Allan Smithyman and finally Calum Macdonald each taking their turn for shows that stretch beyond the 24 hours and well into Saturday. The event’s been scheduled by Crazy Carl Easton, who promises surprises as well as the well-known mix of music, chat and local information for which the station is known. Carl said: “We may have been quiet for a while, but I promise this 24 hour Friday is going to make up for it!”
Read more: Local News for Thursday 20th April 2017