Scottish broadcasting legend Billy Sloan is the latest victim of swingeing cuts by Bauer Media.
The Hamburg-based group, which has swallowed up and amalgamated much of Scottish commercial radio, announced that the Glasgow-based journalist and DJ’s last show for the station would be on Sunday December 28th.
The veteran music broadcaster, who began with Radio Clyde in the 1970s, has become known for his early support for acts such as Simple Minds, through the Postcard era of Scottish indie, and up until the present has continued to devote airplay to old favourites from the local scene. Sloan also worked as a journalist with the Sunday Mail until 2011, and was a regular face on STV as a nightlife and soap opera talking head (as recognised in song by the Hector Collectors, below).
Bauer’s news is the latest in a series of moves to obliterate alternative music from the country’s airwaves. The obergrup most recently removed Moray Firth’s Marion Scott from its schedules, following successfully disposing of independent-minded shows from Tay, Moray Firth, Northsound, Forth and Westsound in the past.