Eklipse Sports Radio

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Eklipse Sports Radio
Broadcast areaCentral Scotland
SloganOn DAB Digital Radio
FrequencyDAB: Central Scotland
First air date20 September 2013
Last air date29 February 2016
FormatSports News, Classic rock
OwnerEklipse Sports Radio Ltd
WebsiteListen live

Eklipse Sports Radio was a Scottish-owned independent local radio station. It was based in Kinning Park on the Southside of Glasgow and broadcast to Fife, and Central Scotland. All programming was produced in Glasgow.

The station ceased broadcasting on 29 February 2016 after the owners withdrew their financial support.

History[edit]

The station was mooted in the Summer of 2013 when capacity became available on the Central Scotland multiplex and a five-year transmission contract was signed with Switch Scotland. The station's OFCOM broadcast licence was granted in July 2013 with a licensed format of sports news, talk and Classic rock music to a potential 2.7 million adults in the station's TSA.

The company raised £40,000 in capital under the UK government's Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme,[1] although launch was delayed by the sudden death of a major investor in November 2013. In February 2014 the station moved into new studio premises in Admiral St in the Kinning Park area of Glasgow. The founding Station Director was Spencer Pryor. He sold his entire shareholding to a consortium of local businessmen and left the station in January 2015.

At time of close, the presenters included George Aitchison, a former Qfm and Your Radio presenter on Breakfast. Bill Young[2] the former Programme Controller at Belfast's CityBeat hosts the station's flagship phone-in programme along with co-hosts Hugh Burns the ex Rangers, Heart of Midlothian and Ayr United defender on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. The other regular co-hosts are Ally Graham former Falkirk and Raith Rovers striker is also a regular pundit.

The station negotiated the rights to cover Scottish Junior Football for the 2014/15 season including commentaries and match reports.[3]

The station has subscribed to RAJAR from Q3 2014 and is a member of RadioCentre. The station's national advertising sales are handled by First Radio Sales in London.

Presenters[edit]

  • George Aitchison (Weekday breakfast)(BEST)
  • Ian Martin (Weekday mid-mornings)
  • Alex Horsburgh (Weekday afternoons)
  • Bill Young (Weekday football phone-in)
  • Stephen Quinn (Weekday Evenings)
  • Dave Mac (Weekend Breakfast)
  • Ian Oliphant (Weekend mornings)
  • Andy Alston (F1 Review Show)
  • Andy Coyle (Sunday afternoon)

Former Presenters[edit]

  • Nick Mills
  • Peter Greenwood
  • Catt Weir
  • Steve Delahaye
  • Chris Kane
  • Rod Johnston
  • Chris Duke
  • Scott Summers
  • Dave Knight

References[edit]

  1. ^ "£40k the aim for new Scottish sports radio station". The Scotsman. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Bill Young joins DAB Eklipse Sports Radio". RadioToday. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Football Deal for Eklipse Radio". Radio Today. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2014.

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