XFM Scotland

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For radio station previously known as XFM Scotland, see XFM Scotland (2006)
XFM Scotland
XFM Scotland logo.png
Broadcast area Renfrewshire and Central Scotland
Slogan Music That Rocks
Frequency FM: 96.3 MHz (Paisley)
DAB: (Central Scotland), Online
First air date 1 Sept 1992 (Q96),
8 Jan 2007 (Rock Radio),
Late Oct 2011 (Real XS),
7 April 2014 (XFM)
Format Alternative music
Audience share 2% (September 2013, RAJAR)
Owner Global Radio
Website XFM Scotland

XFM Scotland (formerly 96.3 Rock Radio and Real XS) is a Scottish independent local radio station owned by Global Radio. It is based at Baillieston to the east of Glasgow and broadcasts to Renfrewshire, West Central Scotland and Central Scotland.

The majority of programming is networked from London, separate local weekday breakfast, drivetime and weekend breakfast shows are produced specifically for Scotland.


The station launched as Rock Radio Scotland's first classic rock station by GMG Radio [1] when they bought the licence previous owned by UTV Radio and branded as Q96, playing pop music of all ages. At 6pm local time on 8 January 2007, weeks of automated music was ended with Revolution (song) by The Beatles and Rod Stewart saying "You're in my heart, and you're in my soul Scotland, so let's rock" [2]

The first line up of presenters were Kieron Elliott, a former BBC Three Continuity Announcer. Tom Russell, Ted Rock, David 'The Captain' Grant and Big Bad John Burns. in 2009 former Nazareth (band) guitarist, Billy Rankin joined the team. The station shares news and sport coverage with stablemates Real Radio and Smooth Radio but carries emphasis on Renfrewshire issues to fulfill its licensing requirement, such as lead sport stories from St Mirren. The station launched the popular 'Five Word Weather' to remove the nonsense many listeners felt had infiltrated modern weather forecasting.

2010 the presenter line-up had been cemented, with Billy Rankin presenting the breakfast show and Tom Russell presenting drive time. Manchester presenters Paul Anthony and Moose were on evenings and lunchtime respectively.

On 28 July 2011 it was announced that GMG Radio would be rebranding sister station 106.1 Rock Radio as Real Radio XS for its Manchester audience. Around the same, managing director Billy Anderson announced his departure from the station and entered talks with GMG Radio on buying out the station along with a group of private investors.[3] Two months later, GMG announced the station would not be sold off and will be rebranded as '96.3 Real Radio XS' at the end of October 2011.[4] Following the rebrand of 96.3 to Real XS, the breakfast show was presented by Tom Russell, and the station resumed sharing offpeak programming with the Manchester Real XS, including Russell's Friday night hard rock show, broadcast from Glasgow to both stations.

Following the sale of GMG Radio to Global Radio, and the resulting sale of several stations to Communicorp to operate mostly under brand licences from Global, more detail about how this would affect Real XS was confirmed. Whilst Capital Scotland would be among the stations taken over by Communicorp, Real XS in Paisley would be retained by Global, alongside 105.2 Smooth Radio and Real Radio Scotland, with Real relaunched as Heart (alongside all other Real stations) and Real XS taking the Xfm affiliation. In practice this would result in XS retaining local programming at key times, but during networked hours taking these shows from Xfm London, as Xfm Manchester already does, rather than taking programmes from Real XS in Manchester, which is to be sold to Communicorp and carry on as a standalone classic rock station. (A regional XFM for central Scotland previously broadcast in Scotland on the frequencies now held by Capital Scotland, and the new Xfm is likely to broadcast across the Central Belt in the slot currently used by XS.) It was confirmed in March that the relaunch will take place on 7 April 2014; it will see Tom Russell move from weekdays to weekend breakfast, and former Xfm Scotland presenters Fraser Thomson and Jim Gellatly will return to host weekday breakfast and drivetime respectively. At other times the station will simulcast Xfm London content.[5]


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Coordinates: 55°49′48″N 4°32′34″W / 55.8299°N 4.5428°W / 55.8299; -4.5428