New radio station starts testing ahead of Kirkcaldy launch

John Murray (sitting) with Ian Ogilvie & Colin Johnston
John Murray (sitting) with Ian Ogilvie & Colin Johnston

The countdown has begun to the official launch of Kirkcaldy’s first ever community radio station.

K107FM will broadcast from within the Fife Free Press building in Kirk Wynd.

It has been running tests online and on FM radio all week while the team at the not-for-profit station begin to work on the schedule.

And it is set to formally launch at the end of the month - with plans for its first live gig already in hand.

John Murray, chairman of the social enterprise, said trials had gone well and have already received positive feedback.

“We had Ally Gourlay and Paul Johnston coming in, who are both experienced DJs who had their own shows.

“They have their own audience from working at other radio stations and we’re just fortunate that they’re Fifers coming along here to volunteer.

‘‘Both shows play a lot of obscure music so we’re lucky to have that.

“We’ve already had a few comments on Facebook and things like that which is great.”

Craig Duncan who will host the station’s breakfast show is also working as programme manager and said they are planning a varied schedule.

“We have a sports show on Saturdays which will be followed by a dance show from six until nine which will focus on the club scene.

‘‘We’re encouraging local DJs to send us in their own stuff - that’s what we want to focus on so we can highlight local talent.”

The station will begin broadcasting at the end of the month but the official launch with a full marketing campaign will begin in the summer.

John said: “We’re really pleased that Lights Out By Nine are playing a show at the Duchess of Kirkcaldy for us in June to help raise funds and launch the station because we’re all about highlighting the locality.”