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Dumfries’s long-established and popular Community Radio Station, Alive 107.3, has been awarded its second extension to broadcast since it first gained its OFCOM license in 2007.

 

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The newest license enables the station to broadcast to the community of Dumfries until the end of August 2024. Alive 107.3 has been broadcasting for the last ten years is the only licensed Community Radio Station broadcasting via FM transmitter to the town of Dumfries.


Chairperson, David Macfarlane, said, “This is fantastic news, not just for our team of volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the years but for our loyal listeners and the people of the Dumfries area! I’m delighted that Ofcom have agreed to extend the license for another 5 years; it shows they have confidence in what we do. There’s a real buzz about the station and we’re very excited about the future.”


One week later, the Alive team were delighted to receive more good news from OFCOM, who also approved the Community Radio Station’s application to extend the coverage of their FM Transmissions. This important application means Alive will soon be able to increase the transmission output from their Dumfries Transmitter, meaning many more people living in and around Dumfries will be able to tune in every day from their radios at home, work, and in the car. Alive’s technical team will now be working on the practicalities of increasing the power on the transmitter before a final inspection and approval by the OFCOM engineer.


David added, “There is much work still to be done before the extra power can be switched on, but we’re delighted by this additional news. The License extension and Transmission extension are an indication of OFCOM’s confidence in Alive as Dumfries’s only Community Radio Station. Alive is unique in this area as we’re run for the benefit of the entire community. Our programming is incredibly diverse – there’s something to suit everyone. Most of our programmes are made right here in Dumfries. Locally and nationally we’re an award-winning station, our presenters have won awards and some of our unique output has been picked up by other stations in the UK. It’s a great station to listen to local talent too. The license extension also allows Alive to continue the important work it does within the community. The volunteers do a tremendous amount of work around the town and region and have supported countless festival, events, and fun days this year. Alive also works with schools, colleges and community groups to give young people an insight into radio broadcasting and pass on transferable skills to benefit them as they pursue careers. These extensions will allow all this important work to continue and Alive can continue to go from strength to strength, thanks to the incredibly talented team we’ve got!”

 

Alive 107.3 is broadcast on 107.3fm in Dumfries, on-line at www.aliveradio.net and through dedicated Alive smartphone apps and on RadioPlayer.