(Updated 17th July below) At midday today, 15th July, Bute FM is celebrating three years of community radio, stooshies, fund raising and on air community singalongs like you’ve never heard – and may never want to again.
The other Rothesay, in Canada’s New Brunswick – which we featured with photographer Judy Parrott’s work there for Cultural Connect Scotland’s Year of Homecoming exhibition – has been in touch to offer congratulations.
Bill Bishop, Mayor of Rothesay NB, has emailed one of the station’s volunteers to pass on his town’s best wishes on the occasion.
We understand a certain Alex Salmond has also sent a birthday message. But will he sing on air in part of the day’s radio madness?
The First Minister certainly can sing – once contributing to an SNP fundraiser CD in a duet of The Rowan Tree with Anne Lorne Gillies.
You can listen live here to what transpire on air today on Bute FM- and anytime.
Our best wishes to the station.
Update 17.30: Here is a link we have just been sent to all of the messages of goodwill the station has received today.
Update 17th July: At midday – marking the exact moment of the three-year anniversary – several birthday messages were aired, including some from First Minister Alex Salmond, STV Weatherman Sean Batty, Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley and broadcaster Paul Coia.
Following these messages, host Jim Prentice conducted interviews with long-term volunteers Marlene Hill, Marion Sayers and Alan Donald, after which the now traditional group sing-a-long took place. A version of ‘Reach Out (I’ll Be There)’ by the Four Tops was performed.
A Bute FM spokesperson said: ‘As we enter the fourth year of broadcasting our community radio service to Bute and beyond, now is the perfect time to thank everyone who contributed to our 3rd Birthday celebrations: to everyone who commented on our Facebook, emailed, phoned and texted us to pass on their birthday wishes; to all our volunteers who contributed on the day and especially those who put in work behind-the-scenes; and to the weel-kent folk who sent us their birthday messages.
‘Lastly, but most importantly, a big thank you to all our listeners for their support both on the day and over the last year!’
A daily give-away of prizes donated by local businesses continues the service’s celebrations until Sunday 22nd July.