Indie music station XFM is set to return to Scottish airwaves on April 7th.
The station closed its doors six years ago when its frequency was taken over by chart-friendly Global / Capital FM Scotland. However, the station has been revitalised with a return to the digital airwaves – with DAB broadcasting across central Scotland as well as FM broadcasting in Paisley on 96.3FM.
Many of the previous presenters will reappear, including Jim Gellatly in the drivetime slot (4-7pm) Mondays – Fridays, although this will mean an end to his Sunday InDemand Uncut slot across the Bauer stations (Clyde, Firth etc).
Another former XFM Scotland presenter, Fraser Thomson, will return to host the Breakfast Show on weekdays from 6 to 10am.
Also lined up is rock broadcast veteran Tom Russell, for Weekend Breakfast 6 to 10am.
The presenters will join the existing XFM UK team including Jo Good (weekdays from 1 to 4pm) John Kennedy (weekdays 10pm to 1am), Blur drummer Dave Rowntree (every Thursday 9 to 10pm) and comedian Josh Widdicombe (Saturday 10am-1pm)
XFM Scotland’s Breakfast presenter Fraser Thomson said: “Scotland has a strong connection with music so XFM is a great station for Scotland. I’ll be squeezing loads of tunes into four hours, unearthing some new gems and digging out some old favourites.”
XFM Scotland’s new Drivetime presenter Jim Gellatly said: “Some of the best moments of my career were on XFM Scotland so I’m over the moon to be joining the station again nearly six years on. When I got the call from Chris [Baughen], I didn’t have to think twice. It feels like coming home for me.”