Station celebrates two years on the air
CamGlen Radio has marked two years on the air - and they are showing no signs of slowing down.
Plans are in the pipeline to transform the broadcasting space into a live music venue with gigs being broadcast throughout Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
The project is possible thanks to a £700,000 grant to Healthy n Happy and station coordinator Tam Curry cannot wait.
“There is particular excitement in the CamGlen Radio team about the first floor upgrade,”he says.
“This will effectively transform it into a live music venue, among other things; enabling us to host live music events that are open to the public, as well as simultaneously broadcasting them on air.”
The station first hit the airwaves in March 2015, and to celebrate their birthday a party and awards ceremony was held at their base in Farmeloan Road.
Gongs were handed out in a variety of categories, both for those on air and those behind the scenes who make sure everything goes smoothly.
Reflecting on the past two years, Tam said:“It has been an incredible journey and has been no mean feat maintaining a 24/7 full time station. We have learned, evolved and improved so much over that time.
“Over the last year we have had a number of fantastic developments at the station, we now have a really diverse range of programmes across our weekly schedule to suit every listeners’tastes and interests including school radio programmes, a newly revamped breakfast show, political programmes like ‘Countdown to Holyrood’and every week features a number of great live band and artist sessions.”
Volunteers involved in running CamGlen Radio have also been reaping the benefits of the station’s progress.
Cameron King, CamGlen Radio’s operations worker said:“We have introduced new opportunities for volunteers such as our Street Team, who attend local events and raise the station’s profile and they managed to complete over 700 listener surveys last summer which has evidenced a listenership of 16,000 people per week.”
Local resident and professional broadcaster Jim Gellatly who leads on the peer support and mentoring programme at CamGlen added:“We currently have 21 volunteers who are supported by other volunteers and we are seeing some fantastic results.
“We can hear on air just how much their speaking skills and confidence has improved.”
You can listen to CamGlen on 107.9FM and online at www. camglenradio.org.
Thumbs up Rutherglen High School pupils were a hit with their schools show
Talking politics Bob Rowatt’s Countdown to Holyrood has featured the likes of local MSP Clare Haughey and has given an extra dimension to the station
Easy access Kenny Riddell, left, won an award for best access show and received it from Tam Curry and Jim Gellatly
Story time The ‘Telling Your Story’ team have been a huge hit
Rocking out Dave Arcari on the Jordan Doran show