Jim Gellatly

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Jim Gellatly
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Jim Gellatly
Birth name James Norman Gellatly
Born (1968-03-04) 4 March 1968 (age 49)
Dundee, Scotland
Show Jim Gellatly Show
Station(s) Amazing Radio
Time slot Sunday 2-4pm
Show Saturday Lunchtime
Station(s) CamGlen Radio
Time slot Saturday 11am-1pm
Style Disc Jockey
Country United Kingdom

Jim Gellatly is a Scottish radio presenter and DJ. He presented Drivetime on XFM Scotland until its closure. Currently he does a weekly New Music showcase on online/DAB radio station Amazing Radio, and Saturday Lunchtime on CamGlen Radio.


Educated at the private High School of Dundee and Strathallan School, Gellatly is married to Candy and has three children. His late father, Ian Gellatly, was Chairman of Dundee F.C. and President of the Scottish Football League, while his grandfather was chairman of the club when they won the Scottish League Championship in 1961–62.

Gellatly began as a volunteer for Moray Firth Radio in Inverness in the late 80s, moving to Northsound Radio in Aberdeen in the early 90s. He joined the launch of Glasgow-based radio station Beat 106 in November 1999. Following a shift in the station’s music policy, he left after just a few months to join Chrysalis-backed internet radio project Puremix in London. In January 2001 he returned to Beat 106 on Sunday nights, while continuing to work in London during the week. When Puremix folded, he returned to Scotland on a full-time basis. When Beat 106 rebranded as XFM Scotland, he presented the 'X-Posure' showcase for new music.

Gellatly is credited as the first radio DJ to play KT Tunstall, Glasvegas, Biffy Clyro, The Fratellis, Twin Atlantic, The Enemy,[1] Sergeant and his hometown band The View. In December 2007, and December 2008 he presented Amy MacDonald with sales discs onstage at the Barrowland in Glasgow.[2] Featured in 'The Daily Record's Razz Hot 100' in 2007.[3] He'd previously featured in a 'Evening Times Glasgow 100' list, the local paper's list of powerful people.

In April 2008 he received a Radio Academy PRS John Peel Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio.[4] On 28 August 2008, Gellatly left XFM Scotland, and on 3 October 2008 he began presenting The Music Bed on BBC Radio Scotland. The Music Bed was axed in December 2009.

During the summer of 2010 he hosted a Saturday afternoon show 'Jim Gellatly's A-Z of Rock and Pop'[5] on Clyde 1.[6] In July 2010 he launched an unsigned showcase on DAB digital radio station Amazing Radio.[7] In:Demand Uncut launched on 1 May 2011 on Bauer Radio's Scottish network (except MFR).[8]

Jim returned to the re-launched XFM Scotland in April 2014 to present the Drivetime show[9] He continued to present a two-hour programme on Amazing Radio, preceding the Top 40 show every Sunday afternoon.

He appeared on Scottish TV in STV's search for Scotland's Greatest Album.[10] The show was a joint venture between STV, Real Radio and The Sun who convened a panel of music industry experts to select an initial short list of 60 tracks. The public chose the final tracks to appear on the Album. Alongside Gellatly, the panel consisted of T In the Park supremo Geoff Ellis, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine, Real Radio DJ Steve McKenna, songwriter John McLaughlin, and football pundit and now popular DJ Pat Nevin.

He also presents a regular Jim Gellatly's NEW MUSIC podcast.The podcast was nominated in the Best Radio Show or Podcast category at the 2010 BT Digital Music Awards but was unplaced.

In 2016 Jim was part of the successful #BringBackRockRadio campaign.[11] The new Rock Radio Scotland is set to appear on the old XFM Scotland 96.3 frequency late summer 2017. Meanwhile in March 2017 he started presenting Saturday Lunchtime on Rutherglen based Community Radio station CamGlen Radio, where he previously served on the committee for 7 years.


  1. ^ "The Enemy interview on Xfm". Retrieved 2012-05-26. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Amy Macdonald Platinum Disc presentation". Archived from the original on 30 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  3. ^ "Daily Record Razz Hot 100". Archived from the original on 5 December 2009. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  4. ^ Xfm Scotland's Jim Gellatly wins radio award
  5. ^ "Jim Gellatly's A-Z of Rock and Pop". Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  6. ^ "Jim Gellatly joins Clyde 1". Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  7. ^ "Amazing Radio". Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  8. ^ "In:Demand Uncut". Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  9. ^ "XFM". Retrieved 2014-04-18.  until the station's closure in September 2015.
  10. ^ "Scotland's Greatest Album". Archived from the original on 23 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  11. ^ "Rock Radio". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 

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