Huge fund­ing boost for Ar­gyll FM broad­cast­ing

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

Camp­bel­town’s com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion has re­ceived £25,000 to widen its reach to south Kin­tyre and Southend. The sta­tion has ben­e­fited from the Scot­tish and South­ern Elec­tric­ity Net­work’s (SSEN) Re­silient Com­mu­ni­ties Fund. Ar­gyll FM is an in­de­pen­dent com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion, run en­tirely by ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, which broad­casts mainly lo­cally pro­duced pro­grammes 24 hours a day. Dur­ing the storms of 2013, the ra­dio sta­tion helped to keep the com­mu­nity up-to-date with sta­tus re­ports on the progress of power restora­tion. Colin Mid­dle­ton, chair­man of Ar­gyll FM, said: ‘Ar­gyll FM Com­mu­nity Ra­dio and the peo­ple of South Kin­tyre would like to thank SSEN for giv­ing us the funds to pro­vide a lo­cal ra­dio ser­vice into a re­mote ru­ral penin­sula. ‘This part of Kin­tyre has poor TV, ra­dio and mo­bile phone cov­er­age. ‘In March 2013 it was com­pletely cut off from the rest of Scot­land when a freak snow storm brought down power and telecoms lines. ‘This re­sulted in the road be­ing closed for sev­eral days with no in­for­ma­tion be­ing able to reach the res­i­dents. ‘If this were to hap­pen again Ar­gyll FM would be able to sup­ply up­dates to that area thanks to the fund­ing from SSEN for the new trans­mit­ter site.’ Saman­tha O’Con­nor, cus­tomer man­ager for SSEN South Cale­do­nia, said: ‘I am de­lighted that we are able to sup­port such a di­verse range of com­mu­nity re­silience projects across Ar­gyll and Bute through our Re­silient Com­mu­ni­ties Fund this year.’ SSEN’s Re­silient Com­mu­ni­ties Fund will re-open for ap­pli­ca­tions in 2019. To find out more about the fund, and for fu­ture an­nounce­ments on the open­ing date of the next round, go to: www.ssen.co.uk/ Re­silience­fund/

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