Real Radio Scotland

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Real Radio (Scotland)
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Broadcast area Scotland
Slogan Real good, feel good radio.
Frequency 100.3 MHz (Glasgow)
101.1 MHz (Edinburgh) /
DAB: 11D (Switch Digital Scotland)
First air date 8 January 2002
Format Adult Contemporary
Audience share 10.0% (December 2013, [1])
Owner Global Radio
Website Real Radio Scotland

Real Radio Scotland is an Independent Local Radio station in Central and Southern Scotland. The station broadcasts from studios at Ballieston in the east end of the Glasgow on 100.3 & 101.1FM and on DAB. The station was originally owned by the Guardian Media Group. Global Radio acquired GMG Radio on 25 June 2012 with Real Radio, but operated in a "hold separate" situation known as Real and Smooth Ltd, which ended on 1 April 2014[1] The station is soon to rebraned as Heart Scotland.


In September 1994 Scot FM began broadcasting a regional 24-hour service to Central Scotland from studios in the Leith district of Edinburgh. Originally billed pre-launch as a relatively highbrow and primarily speech-based station, the station went through numerous format changes, financial difficulties and varying fortunes with listening figures. In June 2001, the Guardian Media Group acquired Scot FM from previous owners, the Wireless Group, for £25.5 million. Shortly afterwards, a major overhaul of the station was announced including an on-air rebrand, a move into new studios at Ballieston near Glasgow, a revamped programming line-up and a strengthened round-the-clock news service.[2] Real Radio Scotland began broadcasting at 8am on Tuesday 8 January 2002 with breakfast presenter Robin Galloway introducing the first song to be played, A Star is Born.[3]

Within a year of its launch, the station reached a record weekly audience of 614,000 listeners, and by 2004, further increased its audience to 688,000,[4] placing Real Radio as the most listened to station in Scotland.[5][6] By 2007, the station's audience share reached a record 31%[7] but had fallen 10 per cent a year later.[8]

Real Radio Scotland has held various charity events and campaigns since its launch, including The Real Sleeopver, a Big Brother-style reality show[9] and the annual Bring £1 to Work Day, both in aid of the Children's Hospice Association Scotland.[10][11]

In 2006 Real Radio Scotland attempted to increase its coverage area by applying[12] for the new FM licence for Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire, but lost out to Original 106, which began broadcasting in October 2007. During the summer of 2008, the station introduced networked programming[13] including evening & overnight output from Manchester and a Saturday morning show hosted by Chris Tarrant.[14] Listeners' complaints led to the return of local night time output a few months later. The networked output was reintroduced during the summer of 2011.

Between 7 August 2006 and June 2009, the Irish-based sports broadcaster Setanta Sports simulcast Real Radio's weeknight football phone-in live twice a week on Setanta Sports 1.[15] The station also carried live commentaries for some of the Scottish national team's matches[16] and eight Scottish Premier League games during the season.[17][18] Until the end of the 2011-12 season, the station also broadcast a Scottish football phone-in on weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons.[19] [20]

Robin Galloway left the station in November 2010, shortly after an incident in which his producer ran in the nude past Labour Party leader Ed Miliband while he was being interviewed.[21]

Global Radio[edit]

On 25 June 2012 it was announced Global Radio (the owner of stations such as Capital and Heart) had bought GMG Radio. The former GMG stations, including Real Radio, were placed under a hold separate company known as Real and Smooth Limited.[22][23]

From the 5 November 2012, the station's local programming consisted of a daily breakfast and weekday drivetime shows from Glasgow presented by Ewen Cameron, Paul Harper and Steve McKenna, with most non-peak output broadcast from Salford Quays.[24][25][26]

On 6 February 2014, Global Radio announced it would be rebranding all Real Radio stations as Heart.[27] Real Radio Scotland began a gradual transition to the Heart branding on 24 March 2014.

The full launch is due to take place 6 May 2014, when the station will become Heart Scotland[28][29]


Local presenters broadcast from Real Radio Scotland's Glasgow studios. Most networked output is broadcast from Real Radio North West at Salford Quays in Manchester.[30] The Vodafone Big Top 40 is a networked chart show and is produced by Global Radio at the studios of Capital in Leicester Square, London.

Local presenters[edit]

Networked presenters[edit]

Syndicated presenters[edit]

Past presenters[edit]


Real Radio Scotland produces and broadcasts locally-produced news bulletins on the hour during the day with additional headline bulletins during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows at 30 minutes past the hour. Variations of these bulletins also air on sister stations 105.2 Smooth Radio in Glasgow and 96.3 Rock Radio in Renfrewshire with minor changes to suit the target audiences and, in the case of Rock Radio, to satisfy the Renfrewshire element of their licence.

Heather Kane is the head of news for GMG Radio's Scottish stations, assisted by Corrie Martin.


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  2. ^ Lorna Martin (2002-01-09). "Real Radio launches big bold challenge to rivals". Sport | SPL | Aberdeen. Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  3. ^ agnes stevenson (2002-01-08). "A new station joins the air wars". Sport | SPL | Aberdeen. Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  4. ^ Radio stations vie for listeners in ratings war, Herald Scotland, 30 July 2004
  5. ^ New radio station winning ratings war: Celebrity-free Real doubles audience over three years, Herald Scotland, 31 May 2003
  6. ^ Moyles rules the waves with record breakfast figures: Real Radio is now Scotland's most listened-to point on the dial, Herald Scotland, 28 October 2005
  7. ^ Real Radio passes 30 per cent, Radio Today, 25 October 2007/
  8. ^ Real contrast for GMG, Radio Today, 1 May 2008
  9. ^ Real Radio sleepover: how will they cope?, Herald Scotland, 1 October 2003
  10. ^ Real Radio Scotland: Children's Hospice Association Scotland
  11. ^ Real fears at Real Radio, Radio Today, 7 May 2008
  12. ^ Real Radio application for FM ILR licence for Aberdeen
  13. ^ Galloway to replace Davis for Real, Radio Today, 27 June 2008
  14. ^ Clyde and Real Radio face challenge from rebranded dance music station, Herald Scotland, 30 August 2008
  15. ^ Real Radio scores with Setanta, 7 August 2006
  16. ^ Ewen Cameron on heartbreak behind dream job, The Scottish Sun, 17 December 2010
  17. ^ Real Scotland gets SPL deal, Radio Today, 8 August 2010
  18. ^ Our partners, Scottish Premier League official website
  19. ^ Sports programme changes, Real Radio Scotland, 23 July 2012
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  21. ^ Bendoris, Matt (2010-11-06). "Robin Galloway axed over nude joke on Ed Miliband | The Sun |Home Scotland|Scottish News". Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  22. ^ GMG Radio sold to Global for £50m Mark Sweeney, The Guardian, 25 June 2012
  23. ^ Global Radio seals £50m purchase of GMG Radio Maisie McCabe, Media Week, 25 June 2012
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  27. ^ Martin, Roy (2014-02-06). "Communicorp buys 8 Global stations". RadioToday. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  28. ^ Real Radio starts Heart transformation, RadioToday, 24 March 2014/
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  30. ^ Real Radio introduces networked daytimes, Radio Today, 15 October 2012
  31. ^ West, Gillian (8 March 2013). "Boots UK launches radio and online programme hosted by Kate Thornton". The Drum. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 

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