Since 2004 it has been possible for community radio stations to be set up under licence from Ofcom. These stations are set up on FM or AM. Black Diamond FM has been in existence in Midlothian since 2007 which is when most stations became licenses for the first time.
Community radio must involve their local communities, often becoming quite a focus point in the community, and they tend to focus on a smaller number of listeners than their commercial counterparts.
The stations are allowed to include some advertising and sponsorship up to around 50% of the running costs. The other half must come from other grants such as local authority or Big Lottery funding. It is also possible for individuals to contribute to the Scottish Community Broadcasting Network which oversees all the community radio stations.
Edinburgh Garrison FM
Tele: 0131 310 2898
Tele studio: 0131 310 2424
Email and web: s124238437.websitehome.co.uk/garrisonfm/edinburgh.php
17 Academy Street
Tele office: 0131 555 0446
Tele studio: 0131 555 3333
Black Diamond FM
Newbattle Community Learning Centre
67 Gardiner Place
Tel: 0131 663 6055
Other licences have also been granted although the stations may not yet be broadcasting. They have two years from the date of their licence being awarded to get on air.
Crystal FM (South and West Midlothian) – AWARDED 17/09/2012
Contact: Colin McCall
Public Address: Carnethy Centre, Muirhead Place, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0LE
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Number: 01968 674095
East Coast FM (Haddington, East Lothian) – AWARDED 17/09/2012
Contact: Ian Robertson
Public Address: 8 Market Street, Haddington, East Lothian EH41 3JL
Email Address: email@example.com
Phone Number: 01620 826 444