Sta­tion cel­e­brates two years on the air

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane - Douglas Dickie

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

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