Isles FM presenter Kathleen Maciver accepts a cheque for £2,000 from Simon Pearson, from Lewis Electronics
Isles FM is back on air, and volunteer presenters are delighted to get back to work after a tense wait for funding was finally ended last week.
A £2,000 donation from Lewis Electronic Trade Services Ltd tipped the scale on the funding, with generous donors responding through Justgiving to hit a target of £8,000.
The community radio station has been broadcasting test programmes through this week, but intends to go public with a bang on Friday April 21st, when a 24-hour marathon live broadcast will begin at 7.30am.
Isles FM managing director David Morrison said: “We heartily thank everyone who has supported us, and especially Simon Pearson, director of Lewis Electronic Trade Services Ltd, who gave us that icing-on-the-caked onation which helped us reach our target. One thing we have learnt is that we can never be complacent about our funding reserves - emergencies like this can come out of the blue, but we have to be ready for them,and to meet our ongoing running costs. We depend on our listeners to carry on, just as they depend on us for great music, truly local news and everyday announcements all year round.”
Making his promised donation of £2,000, Lewis Electronics director Simon Pearson said: “We were part of the original set-up of Isles FM at the very beginning and we know that people find it very helpful. Isles FM is a strong link to the island for people wherever they live, and it is something for all age groups, regardless of whether people use computers or not. Turning on the radio first thing in the morning gives many people their most local source of genuinely local news, notices and information. We wanted to give something back to the radio station, to help the volunteers keep on helping their listeners.”
Would-be volunteers can come in and see the station in action, and anyone who wants to put out a message, dedication or just to say hello will be given a warm welcome.
Throughout the day and night regular presenters including Kathleen Maciver, Carl Easton and Uilleam Macleod will fill the airwaves with the distinctive mix of music old and new, chat and interviews. Live programmes continue on Saturday, with a celebratory Celtic Set from Calum Macdonald.
From Monday morning the station settles into regular broadcasting, including live favourites like the Accordion and Fiddle show, Duisg! the breakfast show, and the return of the award-nominated Behind the Headlines with Annie Delin from the beginning of May.
A new schedule is currently being drawn up, and the station is actively seeking volunteers, ready to train up as presenters to keep the offering live and local.