Falkirk’s news, views, history, culture, music and drama will be broadcast via the internet from next month.
Local man Mervyn Hagger is the creative force behind InfoRadio-Falkirk, a new web-based radio initiative which aims to inform listeners through regular news and weather updates and entertain them with music from local artists and unique “infotaining biographical radio dramas” on Falkirk Bairns of note like Robert Dollar.
Mervyn said: “We hope to have it broadcasting in September. All the pieces have started to come together, now it’s just a case of working on all the web pages.
“We plan to go out and ask people their opinions on the topics of the day, like the upcoming referendum. Then we take these sound bites, edit them and broadcast them to create an original local programme.
“If this works in Falkirk we could start doing the same thing in Stirling, Aberdeen and the rest of Scotland.
“The stations would have to be sustained by local advertising and run by a local person, but we could have community radio all over Scotland with Falkirk as the place where it all began.”
On his quest to put Falkirk on the web waves, Mervyn teamed up with Madassar Shahid, owner of a PC and telephone repair business in Lint Riggs, where the station will be based, and sought advice and support from Falkirk Delivers manager Alastair Mitchell.
The first recruitment meeting for the InfoRadio-Falkirk and its drama group will take place at Laurie’s, Mary Street, Laurieston, on Sunday at 2 p.m. Another meeting will take place at the same location at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday for anyone who cannot make it on Sunday.
Visit www.one4falkirk.com or www.one4.info for more information.