Keith Community Radio celebrates 25 years of broadcasting

A LOCAL station celebrates a quarter century of broadcasting.

Community radio station Keith first aired on FM on October 27, 1997.

John Sievwright, who is now honorary chairman and director of KCR, made the first broadcast on 102.8 FM at 8:02 p.m. – with the service superimposed on the MFR frequency.

Alongside John, Kathryn Morrison, who currently presents two shows, has been involved for 23 years – her mother Moira having previously served as studio manager before her death in 2020.

Volunteers such as John and Kathryn continue to be the strength of the radio station, according to President Jim Wiseman, who took over in 2021.

Jim Wiseman, President of Keith Community Radio…Pictured: Becky Saunderson..

“The station exists because of the enthusiasm of the volunteers who make the shows and help out in any way,” said Jim, who is also involved with The Keith Show and Keith TMSA.

“We have between 80 and 90 contributors and without them this couldn’t happen because we don’t have employees. What they do you can’t buy.

“Listener support is also important. Without listeners, people would not recognize the station. The station is for community members.

“We need to raise money for our broadcast licenses as it costs around £12,000 a year to run the station, but we are well supported through sponsorship, advertising and at fundraising events.

“We are really proud of our production. What the volunteers accomplish in a week is incredible. That the station has been running for 25 years is incredible.”

KCR’s tagline is “Through Moray and Beyond” – indicating that the station began broadcasting to online audiences in 2007, while being available the full length and breadth of Moray.

The station then moved to Seafield Studios in Keith in 2013, with the help of European community funding Moray Leader, Peter Stott and donations from local businesses.

In 2014, the station obtained its own community radio license from Ofcom.

KCR’s 25th anniversary will be celebrated with a series of specials – with Monday night’s Getting to Know You featuring contributions from a number of current KCR presenters a particular highlight.

Tune into KCR on 107.7 FM to listen and check the station’s website at www.kcr.fm for the full program listing.

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