Apr 042014

Radio North Angus is holding a disco, mainly of 60s – 80s music on Friday 18 April 8.00pm ’til late, in the Lion’s Head Bar, Red Lion Caravan Site, Arbroath. Licensed bar, and raffle, will be available.

Tickets £5.00 at the door.

All welcome.

Mar 282014

Very appreciative of BBC1 TV Breakfast Show conducting an excellent feature of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Radio Caroline, the offshore radio station. This was commendable, considering that Caroline, and latterly, other offshore stations, effectively created a demand for commercial radio in Britain (of which RNA is one) in direct competition with the BBC.

Would also like to record personal appreciation to Ronan O’ Rahilly, the founder/owner and Managing Director of Caroline for the inspiration that he gave a future generation of commercial radio operators.

Mar 202014

The  Sainsbury’s  Sport  Relief  Mile  is being  held  on Sunday  23th  March  at  12.30pm within the grounds of Monifieth High School with the assistance of Radio North Angus.

The  Monifieth  Mile  is  set  to  be  an outstanding event.  All the funds  raised  will  help people experiencing unimaginably tough lives locally, across the UK, and in some of the poorest countries.

As  well  as  the  Sport  Relief  Mile,  there  will  be stalls  and  additional  activities,  such as the Grease dancing with Forfar Phoenix, sand art with Mattocks Parent Council, Monifieth  Tennis  Club  Challenge,  Grange  Golf  Club  target  shot,  the  Sainsbury Dundee  Sport  Relief  2014  goodies  stall,  tombola,  and  face  and  nail  painting.

Refreshment  stalls  will  also  be  on  hand.    Radio  North  Angus  will  be  providing entertainment to motivate participants who can choose their own distance, from 1, 3 or 6 miles, and can compete in any way they fancy. From teeny tots with their mums and dads, to super sprinters, there’s something for everyone on the big day.

Enter the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile now at http://www.sportrelief.com.

Feb 182014

Plans are well underway for the Radio North Angus Coffee Morning to be held in the Old and Abbey Church Hall, Arbroath, on Saturday 1 March between 10.00am and 12.00 noon.

Admission is £1.00 and coffee/tea/juice and biscuits will be provided.

Stalls will include raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac, books and records, and cake and candy.

There will be the opportunity to meet, and chat, to the presenters of the many different programme genres and styles that are broadcast every week. There will also be the opportunity to influence the future of transmissions by suggesting ideas for broadcasting on the Independent Local Radio operating within Angus, and to volunteer and/or to visit one of the three stations.

A warm welcome is extended to all!

Nov 282013

RNA is delighted to be invited to assist with the Brechin Christmas in the City Event, organised by Bravo Brechin, to be held on Saturday 30 November.

Whilst in previous years, RNA has assisted by providing music and commentary at the Christmas Lights Switch-on Ceremonies, held in St Ninian’s Square, this year promises to be far more entertaining for all concerned, as the Christmas in the City event is being held in the centre of town from 10.00am until 5.00pm. There will be carol singing by a school choir, a mini panto, and entertainment from local musicians throughout the day, and a coffee morning, crepes and bake, and craft sales will be held in the City Hall, where soup lunches will be available.

Santa’s grotto will be open from 11.00 to 2.00pm in the Town House Museum, and a Framers’ Market will be held in Church Street, from 10.00 to 3.00pm.

Sean Batty, celebrity weatherman, STV, will be attending many of the events in the course of the day, and will be conducting the tree lights switch-on in conjunction with Santa at 4.00pm.

Nov 282013

Happy 15th birthday, RNA FM, which commenced broadcasting as an independentlocal radio station on 28 November 1998.

The service had been purely a hospital broadcasting service since January 1979, based initially at Stracathro Hospital, near Brechin, hence the name “Radio North Angus”, and was successful in a bid for a commercial radio licence in July 1998. As the station was a household name throughout the county, it was appreciated that a complete change of name on becoming a commercial radio could result in a loss of identity, hence the station being renamed “RNA FM”, operated by Radio North Angus Ltd.

The service is mainly based in Arbroath, but FM, combined with digital, and internet transmissions cover the county, and further afield.

RNA has maintained an output of entirely local, extensively live, programming for 16 hours per day since mid 1997, and is one of only two commercial radio stations operating entirely on a voluntary basis in the UK.

The remit is to promote health, welfare, educational establishments, voluntary organisations, and the economy throughout Angus.

The input of organisations and individuals who have contributed to our success over the years is very much appreciated.

Malcolm J B Finlayson
Managing Director
28 November 2013

Aug 292013

RNA is holding a quiz night in the Arbroath Bowling Club premises, at the top of Dishlandtown Street, Arbroath, on Friday 13 September 7.00pm for 7.30pm.

The charge is £10.00 for a table of four, and a raffle will be held, with the proceeds assisting to meet the running costs of our service.

The event is open to the public, and a warm welcome will be extended to all participants.

There will be an opportunity to meet the RNA presenters.

Bookings should be made to: John Maidment, Quizmaster, by phoning (01241) 8553017.

Aug 152013

Ashmita Bhattarai and Ruaridh Mathieson -School PresentersRadio North Angus is seeking pupils of Arbroath Academy and Arbroath and Carnoustie High Schools to train as voluntary radio presenters.

S4 and S5 students have the unique opportunity on British Independent Local Commercial Radio to present their own music radio programmes.

The programmes are designed specifically for a teenage audience, whilst giving presenters the opportunity for personal development and to acquire media skills.

The service is looked upon favourably by prospective employers and by University selection panels, and can be regarded as community service for the three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Certain members have proceeded to follow successful careers in broadcasting and other journalism.

Broadcasts can be conducted live from the stations based at Arbroath, Montrose, and Stracathro.

Training in music radio production consists of seven weekly 2 hourly sessions in programming techniques. Thereafter there are practice sessions after which the presenters proceed to programming which can be live or pre-recorded, depending upon availability.

The commitment throughout is to present a programme once a week.

Arrangements can be made to avoid any conflict with study for examinations.

Initial contact should be made with:

Malcolm Finlayson,
Managing Director,
Radio North Angus,
11 Bankhead Crescent,
DD11 2DP

Phone: 01241 871446
Email: info@radionorthangus.co.uk

Jun 112013

I was surprised and delighted to receive the honour of being designated as the Arbroath Citizen of the Year 2013 by the Rotary Club of Arbroath in conjunction with the Arbroath Herald.

Whilst being very grateful, I am not convinced that I am worthy of such an accolade, as, after all, I am simply doing what I enjoy – most of the time…

I perceive my first interest in radio as being at the age of three or four when I caused minor damage to my parents’ Ecko 23 radio whilst attempting to “find the man in the radio who was speaking to me”. Fortunately, I was not chastised for my interference in radio at that juncture.  That was to come much later, when I ran a radio station. I was fortunate to be influenced by the most exciting era on British radio history, the formative years of 1960s offshore radio, that instilled in me, and many of my radio counterparts, an appreciation of good commercial music-based radio, and a determination to defend the station rigorously, whenever necessary, regardless of the odds.

Thereafter, I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time to expand hospital radio locally, and, on recognising an area of unmet need for sub-regional commercial radio, establishing RNA FM, the ILR in 1998. Needless to say, this was not achieved alone. From my earliest days in hospital radio in May 1969 to the present, I have been in an extremely fortunate position to be accompanied by Ian Clark, to whom I am eternally grateful, as I am fully aware that my ventures in radio would not have reached fruition without his excellent technical expertise and advice. There have been many others throughout four decades to whom I am indebted both within, and outwith, RNA.

The happiest times have been the opening of each RNA station, the gaining of the restricted service radio and commercial radio licences, the awards of the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificates of Commendation to both Ian and me, the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to RNA in 2007, the award of the BEM to our most elderly member, Bert Shepherd, in 2012, and the Citizen of the Year Award 2013.

The saddest time was the death of 17 year old school presenter, Hazel Robertson, from meningitis, in 1998, which still upsets me to this day. She intended to follow a career in the media, having been influenced, to some degree, by her work with RNA.

In summary, the success of RNA is the result of everyone’s efforts, which I merely coordinate.

Malcolm J B Finlayson
Managing Director
31 May 2013

Jun 022013

During the past three years, RNA has embarked on a programme of renovating/upgrading our five studios within our station network of Arbroath, Montrose, and Stracathro, the final stage being Studio 1, Stracathro.

Initial consideration had been given to a complete refurbishment, with entirely new equipment. However, cognisance has been taken of the quality of some of the existing equipment which includes Garrard 401 turntables and a Revox B77 reel to reel tape recorder. It has also been appreciated that there is a considerable record library of LP and 45 discs with many rarities, including extensive material from the seventies and eighties that have not yet been released on CD.

Accordingly, it was decided to create a studio with combined modern and retro technology, where, if desired, LP or 45 tracks could be played continually in the course of a programme.

The organisation is indebted to Ian Clark, Senior Engineer, for his technical prowess, in this respect.