Bid for Mast Cash

By Jane Cruickshank / April 22, 2020
Ian Hunter at the sound desk of the radio station

MEARNS FM could be the first group to benefit from this year’s Area Committee budget when councillors consider their request for funding at their meeting next week.

The community radio station has been broadcasting its local mix of entertainment and information since June 2009.

Mearns FM uses transmitters in Stonehaven, Inverbervie and Laurencekirk – and all are all in need of replacement at a cost of around £2,500 each. The radio station also wants to improve its coverage and signal in the Portlethen area, so hope to install a mast there, giving a grand total of £10,412

Having secured matched funding, the volunteer broadcasters are hoping to tap into the £80,000 budget at the disposal of our councillors, who will consider their application for £5,049.63 at their meeting next week.

Meanwhile, the radio station was successful in an earlier approach to the Council – they collected surplus office furniture from the Viewmount offices, which are currently under refurbishment.

And, having lost their home in Stonehaven Town Hall, also being refurbished, the radio station hopes to move into new premises at Portlethen Church hall.

The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee will hold its meeting on Tuesday April 28 at 10am. It is to be a Skype meeting only, with a recording to made available to the general public in due course.

The full agenda and associated paperwork is available online

Ian Hunter and his fellow volunteers broadcast across South Aberdeenshire on 105.7,106.2 & 107.3 FM ( soon on 105.1 FM in Portlethen & on DAB across the North East of Scotland)