Life of Brian on air as the Rockin Rev’
Minister sharing his thoughts on radio station
A Cambuslang minister is taking to the airwaves each week to talk to the local community.
Rev Brian Graham, from Cambuslang Baptist Church, speaks live across Rutherglen and Cambuslang each week on CamGlen community radio, when he reads a Thought for the Week on Monday mornings.
And he’s having a great time, as Brian - dubbed the Rockin’ Rev - is encouraging more people to get involved with the community station, which is run by the Healthy ‘n’ Happy community development trust in Rutherglen.
Brian said: “It all started in 2008 when Camglen Radio was still broadcasting on a one month basis twice a year.
church members found the station and asked me if there was anything we could do to get involved. I contacted the radio and suggested I could do a Thought For The Day throughout the month’s broadcast. So I did that for about four years.
“I was then encouraged to DJ on my own programme during the bi-annual broadcast - my programme is called Down 2 Earth, where we think about things that are out of this world. So I did that too for a couple of years.
“Camglen Radio is broadcasting full-time now and developing its premises. So, along with the other volunteers - some long established and some new - I was asked if I would broadcast my programme again as one of the regular features.
“However, due to other commitments I don’t really feel able to commit to something that big at the moment but I am planning on taking up my programme again in the near future.
“I was then asked if I would do a regular Thought For The Week meantime and I was glad to agree. It keeps me in touch with the radio.
“The station is keen that other faith groups and other church leaders know that they are very welcome to share in contributing to the Thought For The Week if they wish and can contact the station to discuss it.
“I usually do the Thought For The Week live on a Monday morning, around 9.40/45am, since I think it sounds better live.
“I’m known around Camglen Radio as the Rockin’ Rev because of the style of music I like to play. I’m happy to play AC/DC as much as anything else!”
Brian is encouraging anyone in the area with an interest in radio to join CamGlen as a volunteer.
He added: “The studio we use is temporary at the moment while the new studio is being built and should be finished by July.
“The opportunities CamGlen Radio offers to local people is tremendous.
“It really helps people to get involved in a local project, it builds selfconfidence, it involves people from every level of society and it teaches new skills, builds community and helps you make new friends.”
Tam Camglen, Rockin’ Rev.
He said: “Brian Graham has been a Camglen Radio volunteer for about four or five years now. He initially got involved after he approach the station about contributing a Thought for Currie,
the the Week.
“For a period of time, when we were broadcasting on a short-term licence, he had his own show, which was called Heavens Above, which was a programme focussing on Christianity.
“With his availability, he’s not doing a show just now, but we’re delighted to have him back doing his Thought for the Week, which is a high point for us because we have always enjoyed hearing his thoughts and stories, to consider for the week ahead.
“Brian Graham is representing his faith and his church, and we would be delighted to have leaders of other faiths join us to give us their Thoughts for the Week.”
Tune in on 107.9FM or catch it on camglenradio. org. To find out more information about volunteering on the station, call 646 0123.
Rock on Reverend Brian Graham, who broadcasts on CamGlen radio