The list of contenders for the West Central Scotland radio licence has been published. All four applicants hint at various levels of alternative programming, but given that the slot is that previously occupied by Xfm Scotland, a full-on indie rock station would not appear to be seen as a commercial option by any of the applicants.

Radio Clyde has put forward Clyde Rocks, offering rock music as well as sport and news, aimed primarily at males aged 35 – 54. With speech-based programming accounting for a quarter of its output, and a two-hour sports show every weekday, there’s a concession to the local rock scene with a two-hour show which will include live sessions. It completed a 30-day test transmssison in April having Featured former Xfm DJ Fraser Thompson, and appearances from Fatherson, Baby Strange (pictured) and Noel Gallagher. /

GO 96.3 describes itself as “Scottish-led” and focusing on the City of Glasgow, with music ranging from the 1970s to current and new music for 25-60-year-olds. It promises specialist music programmes as well as speech and current affairs. Former Radio Clyde man Paul Cooney is listed as a main point of contact. It is currently broadcasting on the internet as /

Original FM, headed by Adam Findlay, promises adult-orientated album tracks, classic and melodic rock, and “non-contemporary” pop hits, along with a “sprinkling” of poplar country and soul for the 39-59 age bracket.
A version of the Aberdeen station of the same name, it’s run by New Wave Media group who also own Wave102 in Dundee and Central FM.

Rock Radio Glasgow may be the most straightforward of the four, promising to play the best of local, national and international guitar-based music from across the years”. They promise to support the local live scene, from breaking bands in pubs and clubs through to major acts at arenas and stadia.

A statement from regulator Ofcom, who will grant the licence, states that they welcome “the views of the public about the local needs of listeners in this area and the type of service required,”, asking that interested members of the public can either email [email protected] or send a snailmail letter to Paul Boon, Senior Radio Executive, Ofcom,
Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HA, marking the envelope ‘West central Scotland area licence’.

The original ‘advert’ along with a link to the PDF of the applicants, can be found at the Ofcom website.