Radio station Barrhead Pulse 98.4 faces an uncertain future

A WAR of words has broken out between a community radio station and East Renfrewshire Council after the DJs were told to pack up and leave their base in Barrhead.

The Pulse 98.4 team have been given 40 days to vacate their studio at St Luke’s High School because East Renfrewshire Council needs the building for ‘educational purposes’.

He left the station facing an uncertain future and prompted breakfast show host Gus Maclean to launch an on-air outburst, during which he criticized council staff.

The DJ, who is also the station’s president, called them “morons” and “plebs”.

Mr Maclean singled out two employees, describing one as ‘a third-rate barrister’ because she had attended the University of Strathclyde.

Council staff email addresses were also shared during the broadcast, with listeners urged to “go email the plebs now”, in reference to the domains team leader.

Council leaders condemned the comments and said ‘personal attacks will not be tolerated’.

A spokesperson told our sister headline the Barrhead News: “The accusations made live at the Pulse Radio breakfast on Thursday March 31 were totally unacceptable and unbecoming of a community radio station.

“Pulse Radio has been operating since 2015 from a building owned by the City Council within the grounds of St Luke’s High, free of charge.

“The council did not require the use of this building when it agreed to allow the station to operate from this space.

“Due to a range of factors, this building is now needed to provide additional space for educational purposes.”

The building is to be used as part of the council’s ‘professional offer’ to pupils across East Renfrewshire. It is believed that a hairdressing and beauty academy is in the works.

Pulse 98.4’s studio at St Luke’s High School

Bosses of Pulse, which has been running for 15 years and has 42 volunteers, said they were “extremely disappointed” by the board’s decision, which puts the station’s future in “serious jeopardy”.

A spokesperson added: ‘We received no advance warning or reasoning for the council to force a charity and community organization to vacate our home in just 40 days. Indeed, the notice was sent to our former president, who has not been involved with the station for several years.

“We are trying to work with the council to find an appropriate solution.”

The board said it would offer support to Pulse as the station searches for a new home.

“The rental agreement in place with Pulse is renewed annually,” the spokesperson added. “In accordance with annual lease legislation, 40 days notice has now been provided to let the organization know that we need this building. We will support Pulse as much as possible in their efforts to find alternative accommodation.

East Renfrewshire MP Kirsten Oswald said she had also been in touch with the station about “worrying news” about their base.

Ms Oswald added: ‘I understand that a meeting has been set up to discuss a way forward and I hope the council and Pulse can identify a solution that will keep this important local service running.’

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