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January 22, 2018
by johnco
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A teen finally finds the studio

I had the radio bug. Listening wasn’t enough. I needed to understand how all the parts went together. The shows were impossibly sexy sounding. Dave Marshall on breakfast on Clyde sounded like he was high up a tower looking down … Continue reading

January 7, 2018
by johnco
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An unlikely start

I was born in 1963. That’s the year the pirate stations started broadcasting from just outside territorial waters, but in the town of Grangemouth in central Scotland there was no such challenge. Life was pretty simple. Mum was a teacher, … Continue reading

January 17, 2017
by johnco
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Doing The DAB

I’m taking part in this event next month, asking lots of pertinent question of the great and the good after the lovely Stuart Barrie gets the evening going. Ay questions you want me to ask?   Glasgow’s dynamic and thriving … Continue reading

November 23, 2014
by johnco
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Live & Local v. Real & Relevant

Years ago, in a meeting with Ross MacFadyen at the RNIB’s wonderful Insight Radio in Glasgow I heard a phrase for the first time. “Yes we’re a community station, but what we serve is a community of interest”. He was making … Continue reading

October 27, 2014
by johnco
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Radio Hero: Jimmy Mack

Ten years since his passing, I’ve realised that the more I worked with Jimmy Mack, the more I admired him. I first met him in the mid 80s but had already listened for years to his show on BBC Radio … Continue reading

January 21, 2014
by johnco
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Bonus Audio

Shortly before Christmas I started moving to get the Scottish Media Podcast under way and went as far as recording an interview for it. As often happens with my diary, real life took control of my diary, notably the addition … Continue reading