This is Kinnaird Radio signing off...

Fraserburgh's only local radio station has been forced to stop broadcasting after spending 20 years on the waves.

Wednesday, 27th January 2016, 10:03 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th January 2016, 10:07 am

Kinnaird Radio aired for the last time on Sunday, before stopping indefinitely until more presenters and sponsors can be found.

John Sorrie, a director and presenter on Kinnaird Radio, said: “We are disappointed to announce that after broadcasting to Fraserburgh and the surrounding for 20 years we have had to take the decision to stop.

“Lack of sponsorship and a shortage of presenters has meant that the station is not currently viable.”

The station which was broadcast on 96.7 FM has the capabilities of running seven days a week but currently only has enough presenters to carry shows on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday mornings.

Mr Sorrie believes that until the station can guarantee presenters to fill the hours then they will struggle to find sponsorship.

Mr Sorrie said: “It would easily allow for another 16 presenters.

“We would like to think it would be up and running again but we need more sponsors and more presenters.”

Fraserburgh and District Councillor Brian Topping is also a director and presenter on the station, playing a weekly golden oldies set.

He believes a cash injection is needed for the station to continue and that a steady stream of sponsorship must be found.

Cllr Topping said: “We’re totally heartbroken and gutted at the moment but we are hoping that there are still people out there who enjoy having a community radio.

“At the end of the day it’s not my radio station, it’s not John Sorrie’s, it’s not George McCrae’s, it’s the communities radio.”

Councillor Topping is hoping that the Fraserburgh public who have enjoyed their station over the years, and who they have supported on their station, can now help them clear debts and source a sponsorship so that the presenters can rely on funding coming in to run the radio station.

At the moment the presenter believes that Kinnaird Radio needs to double their amount of current sponsorship.

The Councillor also said a “massive thank you” to all the presenters and sponsors the station has had in its 20 year history.