A new radio station has been launched in Lanarkshire.
Radio Avondale will serve the communities of Strathaven, Glassford, Chapelton and many other surrounding villages.
It was created by Avondale stalwarts Les Hoggan, who runs local publication Strathaven Echoes, and former DJ Kenny Quiqley.
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The couple got together over a year ago and started fundraising for the project before putting together a team of volunteers.
The platform now offers a variety of shows aired by 20 different hosts.
And after only launching on March 14, it has already received a fantastic response from the local community and beyond, with over 5,000 listeners tuning in.
The community station is installed on a server in Les’s house where different presenters can connect remotely and broadcast their pre-recorded shows.
“We secured funding from three different sources and spent around a year working on it before finally going live on March 14,” Les told Lanarkshire Live.
“It’s been going well so far. We’re at around 5,000 listeners, which is great for our first three or four weeks.”
Radio Avondale aims to create a real community atmosphere about the station – covering different events happening in the area, reaching out to locals and bringing news and great listening to Avondale residents.
Speaking about how the idea came about, Les added: “My friend Kenny phoned me one day about going out with the dog because he had an idea he wanted to talk about.
“We walked about a mile around Glassford and by the time we got back to the village we had the idea of starting a radio station.
“So we just started working on funding and building a group of presenters, which is now around 20.
“We have a social media team and a planner, so everything went well.
“They are all volunteers, many people across the community have come up with various show ideas such as our 60s and 70s shows, a rock show, a talk show and a whole range of programs.
“The main focus is on the community and on covering what is happening in and around the region.
“We recently went to the Glassford Beer and Gin Festival, and will be attending the Gala Day, Hot Air Balloon Festival and others in the area.
“We will also cover local organizations and promote what they are doing with a range of different groups.
“It’s been well received so far. We’ve had a lot of very positive feedback. People have said they love it, the different shows and the fact that it’s local and covers their area.”
Les says presenting on the air is quite different from producing his local newspaper, but says it’s “challenging but fun”.
The team is now looking forward to attending a number of gala days over the summer months and providing a good listen for the people of Avondale.
Avondale Radio can stream on Alexa and Google and be available on the station’s website here.
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