Radio station tunes in to wireless funds

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Argyll’s radio station proved it is not FMeral when presenters held a raffle and raised £1,000 in a day at Co-op.

The money was the last tranche of £6,000 that the Longrow based, Argyll FM, set up in 1995, needed to repply for its broadcasting licence which is up for renewal in 2019 and applications close in March next year.

Volunteer presenters, Helen Gilchrist, 54, and Iain McKerral, 55, said that many people came to speak with them as they sold tickets to win an iPad.

Mr Mckerral said: ‘It was great to connect with so many of our listeners often you wonder how many are tuned in to the station.’

Founder member Colin Middleton, the Co-op manager said: ‘Because we have the existing licence Aegyll FM is the preferred choice as operator.

‘We need  up to £22,000 a year to keep the doors open. The biggest outlay are the mast sites at Baraskomil, Peninver, Machrihanish and Meall Mhor between Tarbert and Ardrishaig.

‘We have to pay commercial rates and may be on the same mast as Vodafone.

‘In the last two years VAT has been added on the mast sites and we have to find £4,000 extra.’

Argyll FM disc jockey Iain McKerral. 25_c50argyllfm02_dj_Iain_McKerral