We are currently under-going conversion to a Community Interest Company (CIC). We have five clear social aims and objective:
- To provide a voice for, reflect and improve modern gay life in Scotland – connecting all generations, through news, discussion, debate, stories and having fun, meanwhile a thread of music (with a strong focus on new & unsigned Scottish and LGBTI talent) which commercial stations often ignore.
- To connect LGBTI people in all our communities, enabling them to share experiences and deepen understanding of the issues faced in rural and urban areas.
- To raise the profile of Scotland as a diverse and LGBTI-friendly destination.
- To deliver a platform for charities and community groups to reach new audiences.
- To highlight challenges and issues faced by our community including (but not limited to) bullying, homophobia, transphobia, hate crime, mental illness, isolation, and sexual health.
- To provide opportunities for training and work experience in the Radio and Media industry for all, particularly young and unemployed people.
We’ve come a long way in a short time. Since broadcasting live from April 2015, we’ve had over 8,700 people tune in and we’ve covered such events as Pride Edinburgh, Eurovision, T in the Park, X Factor finalist’s OTY Glasgow visit, the Big Gay Ball, the Big Gay Lunch, the Mixologist Final of the Scottish Entertainment Awards, the Gay Supporters Football Network final between Glasgow & Edinburgh, Calalmity Jane, The Producers, Sister Act,Shrek and had interviews with Shami Chakrabati (director of Liberty), Michelle McManus (singer), Julie Clarke(author of ‘Being Julie’), Alastair Rose (head of Gay Men’s Health), Grant Sugden (head of Waverley Care) andDaniel Donaldson (legal expert). Over the next few months, we will also be official partners for Pride Glasgow 2015 and the brand new Icon Awards.
We currently have a team of over twenty passionate and motivated volunteers. Our presenters come from a variety of backgrounds, including a Britain’s Got Talent finalist, a Big Brother housemate, an STV presenter & comedian,editor of female magazine ‘Gaia’, former head of Gay Men’s Health, popular Scottish Drag performers, former BBC presenters and employess, and a popular Glasgow DJ. We also have a number of presenters and volunteers who are presently unemployed and students, allowing them the opportunty to gain new experiences and skills.
Visit our full schedule and listen LIVE at www.XpressRadio.scot
We offer a range of live and recorded programming and content with a strong, although not limited to, LGBTIQ Scotland-focus. This includes:
• Music (various genres & established artists, as well encouraging submissions from Scottish and LGBTIQ
• Talk / phone-in, discussing news items, hot topics, offering advice and information
• Entertainment news and reviews
• Interviews with community personalities, decision-makers, business people, as well as
visiting ‘celebs’, performers, artists and other note-worthy or news-making personalities.
• Covering of local events
We have already received endorsements from Alex Neil (Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice & Communities), Pop Idol winner, Michelle McManus, and Scotland’s queen of daytime TV, Lorraine Kelly as well as many prominent members of the Scottish LGBTIQ community, personalitieis and heads of organisations & charities.
With a rapidly growing listenership both in Scotland and around the world combined, with the proven efficacy of radio advertising, this is your chance to support a brand new & exciting concept supporting of the LGBTI community.
Your generous donations will help towards many of our running costs & expenses as well as important equipment purchases. Here’s a selection of some of things your money will be used for:
– Rent: £375 per month
– Electricity: £50 per month
– Internet & telephone: £55 per month
– Travel expenses (for unemployed & student volunteers): £200 per month
– Streaming costs: £15 per month
– Website related: £20 per month
– Music licences: £450 per year
– Insurances: £100 per month
– Mic flags: £10 each
– Promotional goods: £100-1000
– Community radio studio package (including mixing desk): £3,029
– Software: £600
– Mobile audio recorder: £625
– Broadcast microphone: £228 each
– Headphones: £66 each
– Headset with mic: £127 each
– Microphone desk arm: £94 each
– 5TB Hard drive: 193.94 each