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Celtic Music Radio

Celtic Music Radio
City of license Glasgow
Broadcast area Glasgow, Greater Glasgow, Scotland
Slogan "A festival of music"
Frequency 95.0 FM and Online all devices
First air date 16 January 2008 full-time
Format Traditional, Contemporary singer-songwriters, Celtic, folk and Roots music.
ERP 25 watts vertical polarisation
Owner Social business not-for-profit; Company Limited by Guarantee

Celtic Music Radio is a Community Radio station, broadcasting on 95.0 FM to the Glasgow, Scotland area. It can also be accessed via a 128kbs MP3 internet stream. Celtic Music Radio is a Scottish Charity, registration number SC041172.

The station broadcasts continuously, with live programming during most daytime and evening periods.

Musical styles and genres

The main focus of the station is traditional and contemporary Celtic-influenced music, mainly from Scotland and Ireland, although the playlists regularly include many other genres, including folk, world music, Americana and roots music.

A typical weekday schedule would be (all UK local time):

Time Show Notes
0100-0400 Nightshift Timeshift Replay of the previous evening's feature programmes.
0800-1200 The Morning Mix Music, chat and what's on from the local and international Celtic music scene.
1200–1500 Replay of the previous evening's feature programmes.
1500–1600 Feature programme or the 'Celtic Cruise' of continuous music.
1600–1800 Homeward Bound Music, chat, what's on, tracks from the CD Album of the Week, guests.
1800-0000 - Featured and specialist programming.

Full timetables are available on the website at

Celtic Music Radio also takes a programmes from indepdendent programme makers and internet only services by agreement.

Music and cultural festivals

As a local community broadcaster with strong links to Scottish culture and arts, Celtic Music Radio works closely with many of the music and arts festivals in the Glasgow area, providing live coverage of key events, interviews with performers, and detailed what's on. information.

Celtic Music Radio is closely associated with the annual Celtic Connections music festival which takes place in Glasgow every January, broadcasting 8 hours of live music and interviews from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall daily.

Celtic Music Radio works closely with the Scottish International Piano Competition broadcasting live coverage of all of the performances.

The station is working with the organisers of other festivals, including the World Pipe Band Championships, Piping Live and the Merchant City Festival and many folk and traditional music events throughout Scotland and Ireland.


The presenting team includes musicians and well-known voices from the local folk and traditional music scene. These include:

  • Alex Jenkins
  • Ken Macdonald
  • Bill Morris
  • Gordon Hotchkiss
  • Ross Macfadyen
  • Sandy Semeonoff
  • Alan Broom
  • Liz Clark
  • Mary K Burke
  • Stewart Fenwick
  • Tom Hamilton
  • Danny Matheson
  • Ruth Hamilton
  • John Collings
  • Edmund McKay
  • Ishbel M Murray
  • Shona Masson
  • Paul McCluskey
  • Mike Ritchie
  • Mike Dillon
  • Paddy Calaghan
  • David Marks


Following two Ofcom Restricted Service License (RSL) short-term trial broadcasts during January 2006 and January 2007 on FM, Celtic Music Radio was awarded a 5-year AM (MW) broadcast Community Radio Licence by OFCOM in July 2007.[1][2]

The station went live at 15:30 on 1530 kHz AM/MW on 16 January 2008.

Celtic Music Radio applied to Ofcom for an FM broadcasting licence during Round 3 of Community Radio licensing and was successful with an award announced on 17 July 2012 and the 95.0FM frequency was allocated. In two years the awarded frequency to be would have to be launched.

The 95FM launch was on 1 July 2014 with 1530 AM/MW ceasing transmission on the same day due to the terms of the FM licence. This welcomed a new audience to the station across Glasgow. The switch to FM improved reception, availability, visibility to tune-in, listener experience and reasons to reach the audience. [3]


Glasgow Caledonian University, the current location of the studios.

The Celtic Music Radio studios are since 2015 located within Glasgow Caledonian University's Buchanan House building in the city centre.

Celtic Music Radio is a member of the Community Media Association and the Scottish Community Broadcasting Network.


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  2. ^ Ofcom awards seven new community radio licences | Ofcom
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External links

  • Official website
  • Charity registration details

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