|MORAY FIRTH RADIO - ON AIR ON
One bungalow on the newly built, grey pebble-dashed Scottish housing
estate is slightly larger than the rest. It is the home of Moray Firth
Radio. Based in Inverness, the 34th ILR station in the UK and the sixth
Scotland, MFR started broadcasting on 23rd February 1982. [As the IBA
notes] MFR was called
both the smallest and largest of the ILR stations; it had the smallest
number of staff but could be heard within an enormous area extending
around the coast from
Wick in the north to Banff in the east, and a population of a mere
The Moray Firth Radio team on the eve
of the station's first broadcast in 1982.
The station opened at 6.30 a.m.
welcoming announcement followed by the record 'Somebody is Out There'.
Local minister., the Revd Robert Logan had prepared a special blessing.
Andy Stewart turned up mid-morning with characteristic tartan
enthusiasm and being Pancake Tuesday, he was immediately called upon to
toss a pancake while on air in the studio (a feat needing much skill to
avoid disaster at the controls!). Soon newsroom staff were out getting
vox-pop reaction to the new venture. Chief executive Thomas Prag
'faced' his audience by opening the phone-in lines. He was eager to
explain what the station had to offer, and to hear likes,
and international news
comes from IRN (Independent Radio News) in London. Local news is
collected, collated and read by Moray Firth's own reporters.
residents can contribute. When a lady came to discuss goat keeping she
brought her an animals Into the studio. Small is beautiful for ILR in
in a live outside broadcast -
by courtesyof a reverse charge call
from the nearest telephone box!
A Moray Firth's Roy Gregor interviews the local inventor
of a peat cutting machine.
showing the very large geographical area served by Moray Firth Radio
Firth Radio broadcast via transmitters owned and operated by the
Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA). The medium wave / AM
transmitter was installed by the IBA at a new site at Tarbat Ness
transmitting on 1107 kilohertz / 271 meters with an e.m.r.p of 1.5
The VHF / FM transmitter was installed at the existing ITA / IBA mast
at Mount Eagle using a frequency of 95.9 MHz with an effective radiated
power of 1.4 kilowatts.
2009: During the 1990's MFR had added additional FM transmitters to
greatly extend coverage across north east Scotland. Additional
transmitters serve the areas of: Keith and Elgin; Fraserborough;
Cairngorms; Thurso and Wick.
MFR is also one of the few remaining stations to simulcast on FM
and AM. A situation probably allowed due the difficult terrain that the
station has to cover.
MFR was no longer a truly independent radio station, first having been
swallowed up by Scottish Radio Holdings which was subsequently subsumed
by EMAP radio which was itself sold to Bauer Radio - a massive radio
Moray Firth Radio VHF / FM coverage
Moray Firth Radio Medium Wave / AM coverage
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