Radio Scilly

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Radio Scilly
Broadcast area Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom
Frequency 107.9 MHz
First air date 3 September 2007
Format Talk and Music
Owner Community Radio
Website Radio Scilly

Radio Scilly is a not for profit, non-profit distributing community radio station, owned and run by Keri Jones. It launched at 2 pm on 3 September 2007, and broadcasts to 2,100 residents of the Isles of Scilly. In 2008 the station was featured on the BBC2 programme An Island Parish.

Technical[edit]

It broadcasts on FM on 107.9 MHz from the existing radio mast by the Coastguard Tower at Telegraph on St. Mary's island. Currently, BBC Radio Cornwall transmits from there on 96 MHz. Tests show that all of the Isles of Scilly can be covered from this site, and the transmitter output power is 100 watts Vertical polarization (although the station is licenced for up to 200 watts Mixed polarization).

It claims to be "the world's smallest radio station", due to the small number of residents on the islands, and the fact that reception beyond islands is very limited (reception is possible in St. Just in Cornwall). However, its licensed service area population is slightly larger than that of the UK's smallest licensed station Two Lochs Radio which broadcasts to an official service area population of just 1,681.[1]

Funding[edit]

The radio station is part funded by a local lottery.

The Council for the Isles of Scilly has granted the station a licence to hold a weekly lottery. It costs gamblers £1 a week to enter and there will be a weekly prize, originally offered as 2,000 tickets with a £1000 prize, but currently offering an interim provision of 1,000 tickets with a £800 prize. Any money remaining after the prize has been paid will go towards the cost of running the station.

Programming[edit]

Island volunteers are trained as presenters by founder, Keri Jones. Trish Bertram provides pre-recorded voice-overs. Radio Scilly's commitment to OFCOM is to provide two live hours of broadcasts per day from a studio above Island Properties on St. Mary's island.

Daytime broadcasting[edit]

Weekdays 7 am – noon The Morning Show with Keri Jones

12–1 pm Monday - Maritime Matters with Steve Watt
5–6 pm Monday - The Gig Show

12–1 pm Tuesday - The Tourism Show with Steve Watt
5–6 pm Tuesday - The Bryher Show

12–1 pm Wednesday - Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust Show with Julie Love
5–6 pm Wednesday - The St. Martins Show with Toby Tobin-Dougan

12–1 pm Thursday - The Book Show with Linda Thomas
1–2 pm Thursday - Health and Wellbeing with Marion Bennett

12–1 pm Friday - The Weekend Show with Steve Watt
1 pm – 2 pm Friday - The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Show with Clare Lewis
5–6 pm Friday - The Sports Show with Richard Wilcox

12–1 pm Saturday - The Lunchtime Movie Show with Jeremy Pearson
1–2 pm Saturday - Lydia Birch
2–3 pm Saturday - Northern Soul with Roy Asten
3–5 pm Saturday - Rock, Pop and Indie music with John Bird

10–11 am Sunday - The Pub Quiz with Tom Scott
11–noon Sunday- Morning Papers and News with Tom Scott
2 pm - The Islanders Soap
4–6 pm Sunday - Charity Shop Countdown with Malcolm Martland
5–6 pm Sunday - Brian Lowen and William Thomas, alternate weekly shows.

The evening shows[edit]

Tuesday 8–9 pm World Music - Music from around the world with Louise Graham

Wednesday 6–7 pm The Blues Show - A collection of Blues Music with Steve Watt

Thursdays 9 pm Steve Sims - Eclectic music and comedy.

Features[edit]

Weekly Features
Flower of the Week - June Lethbridge, Mondays at 11:45 am
Shipwrecks of Scilly - Todd Stevens, Mondays at 15:30
Listener of the Week - Mondays at 4:20
Sky At Night - Steve Sims, Tuesdays 8:30 am
Bird of the Week - Dr Vic Heaney, Tuesdays at 15:30
Ask the Vet - Malcolm Martland, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 14:30
Trading Standards Advice - Clive Kenyon, Wednesdays 8:30 am
Exit Poll - Visitor's Views, Wednesdays at 14:45
Island Beat - Local Police Update, Wednesdays at 15:30
DVD of the Week - Jeremy Pearson, Thursdays at 8:30 am
Wine Advice - Allan Beaver, Fridays 11:45 am
Walk of the Week - Will Wagstaff, Saturdays 7:45 am
Bird Report - Will Wagstaff, Saturdays 8:30 am
Meet My Pet - Saturday Morning.

Daily Features

Envirominutes - One Minute Green Tips from Clare Lewis from the AONB at 14:20
Household Tips - Jane Chiverton with tips to save money and time around the house at 15:50
Website of the Day - James Watt with his top, daily website at 16:50

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ofcom official format document for Two Lochs Radio at: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/formats/al282-1.doc

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