Bute FM

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Bute FM
City of license Rothesay
Broadcast area Isle of Bute
Frequency 96.5 MHz
First air date 15 July 2009
Format Community info & mixed music
Owner Bute Community Media Limited
Website www.butefm.com

Bute FM is a Community Radio station for the Isle of Bute, broadcasting in stereo on 96.5 FM[1] and simultaneously broadcasting online via a live internet stream here.

For almost 100 hours per week the station broadcasts programmes produced by volunteer presenters, with the remaining airtime occupied by an automated music playout system. The station operates on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of the community, and is dependent on advertising, local fundraising and donations for its continued existence.

Programming[edit]

Bute FM broadcasts a wide range of musical styles, including: Pop, Blues, Jazz, Country, Rock and Heavy Metal; with music from every decade since the 50's. The programme schedule includes daily breakfast, mid-morning and lunchtime shows each weekday, with a range of individual music and specialist programmes in the afternoons and evenings.

Schedule[edit]

Monday[edit]

Time Main presenter(s)/programme
0800 – 1000 Breakfast Bites on Bute FM
1000 – 1200 10-2-12 with Mr S
1200 – 1400 Out To Lunch
1400 – 1600 Jimmy Mac
1600 - 1800 Jordan Kane / Tommy Hunter
1800 - 2000 My Kind of Music with Chris Cobain
2000 – 2100 Father & Son
2100 – 2300 Stephen Gault
2300 – 0800 Jukebox (Automated Playout)

Tuesday[edit]

Time Main presenter(s)/programme
0800 – 1000 Breakfast Bites
1000 – 1200 10-2-12 with Jimmy Mac
1200 – 1400 Mr S At Lunchtime
1400 – 1600 Cathy
1600 - 1700 “Jockanory” (story time with Chas)
1700 - 1900 Iain Cochrane
1900 – 2100 Muzyka z Monika
2100 – 2300 In Rock With Robert Maitland
2300 – 0800 Jukebox (Automated Playout)

Wednesday[edit]

Time Main presenter(s)/programme
0800 – 1000 Breakfast Bites with Jimmy Mac
1000 – 1200 10-2-12 with Mr S (Featuring “Lost The Plot” with Suzy & Marlene)
1200 – 1400 Sean Coyle at Lunchtime
1400 – 1600 ’Ramblin Folk’ with Joan Campbell
1600 – 1800 Love The Music (Again)
1800 - 1900 An Hour With Magoo
1900 - 2000 “Double Trouble” with Hayley McGuire & Courtney MacVeigh!
2000 - 2200 Father & Son
2200 – 0800 Jukebox (Automated Playout)

Thursday[edit]

Time Main presenter(s)/programme
0800 – 1000 Breakfast Bites with Jimmy Mac
1000 – 1200 10-2-12 With Mr S
1200 – 1400 Big Stoo's Big Lunch
1400 – 1600 Love In The Afternoon
1600 - 1800 Hugh Mitchell
1800 - 2000 Isra
2000 – 2200 Penalty Box with Ryan & Ross
2200 – 0000 Rock Til U Drop
0000 – 0800 Jukebox (Automated Playout)

Friday[edit]

Time Main presenter(s)/programme
0800 – 1000 Joan's Pop Up Breakfast
1000 – 1200 10-2-12 with Mr S
1200 – 1400 Lunchtime “Live” With Alastair Robertson
1400 – 1600 Jimmy Mac
1600 - 1800 Jockanory (story time with Chas)
1800 - 1900 Jukebox
1900 – 2200 Chrissy Kay Friday Night Floorfillers
2200 – 00000 Spiderpig
0000 – 1000 Jukebox (Automated Playout)

Saturday[edit]

Time Main presenter(s)/programme
1000 – 1200 Saturday Brunch with John Carroll
1200 – 1700 Iain Quinn
1700 – 1800 Natasha Crawford
1800 – 2000 Josh Bartsch
2000 - 2200 Jamie Sykes-Sullivan
2200 – 0800 Jukebox (Automated Playout)

Sunday[edit]

Time Main presenter(s)/programme
0800 – 1000 Iain Mack
1000 – 1200 Clairey's Sunday Sesh
1200 – 1400 John Carroll
1400 – 1600 The Sunday Soul Show (John McGuigan & Chris Cobain)
1600 – 1800 Jenny Brown
1800 - 2000 John Carroll's Big Band Show
2000 - 2200 Love The Music
2200 - 0000 Through The Night
0000 – 0800 Jukebox (Automated Playout)

History[edit]

Bute FM launched at noon on Wednesday 15 July 2009, with I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight, by Richard and Linda Thompson, the first song played on the new station's opening programme, hosted by former Buteman reporter Mike Blair. In October 2009, Bute FM also launched an online "Listen live" streaming service, accessible from a button on its homepage, and is now also in the Reciva database for Internet radios. Over time, a "bitter feud"[2] developed, leading to the August 2010 "sacking" of director and breakfast show presenter Mike Blair,[2] followed by 12[3] other volunteers.

Subsequently, several "claims" were made in the national press[2] and complaints were made to regulator Ofcom.[4] In November, Ofcom said it was still minded to find the station in breach of its licence because of the late appearance of the committee and in December 2010 Ofcom ruled that Bute Community Media were in breach of their licence for not being accountable to their target community.[5] BCM had never created a Community Focus Group, and the Steering Group had never had members who were not also directors of the company[5] despite this having been "agreed with the licensee before the station [started] broadcasting" when Mike Blair was a director.[4]

It was reported on Thursday 26 September 2013 that Bute FM had entered into merger discussions with a Bute-based internet only radio station, whose members "decided not to proceed" because they "did not feel...[it] was possible in the current circumstances".[6] Within 24 hours, Alan Donald had his "appointment as a Director of Bute Community Media Limited...terminated with immediate effect" according to the station's managing director.[7]

On Thursday 24 April 2014, Bute FM announced via their Facebook page that they had attained their OFCOM Broadcast License for a further 5 years, giving Bute FM on air status until July 2019.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bute radio station set for launch". The Buteman. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Campsie, Alison; Watt, Chris (1 September 2010). "Breakfast DJ’s sacking makes waves at island radio station". The Herald (Glasgow). 
  3. ^ Administrator, Allmedia (24 November 2011). "Survey reveals key role of donations in keeping alive scots community radio stations". Allmediascotland.com (Scotland). 
  4. ^ a b Watt, Chris (22 December 2010). "Island’s station ‘broke its pledge to listeners’". The Herald (Glasgow). 
  5. ^ a b "Ofcom Broadcast Bulletin, Issue 172" (PDF). Ofcom. 20 December 2010. pp. 23–26. 
  6. ^ Borland, Craig (26 September 2013). "Bute radio merger bid falters". The Buteman (Rothesay). 
  7. ^ Borland, Craig (28 September 2013). "Bute FM terminates director's appointment". The Buteman (Rothesay). 
  8. ^ https://www.facebook.com/butefm/posts/697993526912957

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°50′11″N 5°3′11″W / 55.83639°N 5.05306°W / 55.83639; -5.05306