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Oban FM is on the road to Rockfield, despite lockdown, with plans moving ahead for a new digital state-of-the art studio.
Convenor of the Oban FM board Campbell Cameron said although many of the station’s presenters are shielding from coronavirus, the popular station is still on air broadcasting four hours a day.
As well as its current two-hour morning and drive-time shows, a lunchtime show is expected soon and ‘we will look to fill other gaps remotely by presenters broadcasting from home,’ said Mr Cameron.
He said there was ‘lots of work to do’ ahead and added: ‘We are grateful to our presenters who have been able to carry on during lockdown, keeping us on air and keeping the community informed and entertained. Our priority has to be making sure everyone at Oban FM stays safe.
And he added Oban FM, in due course, was looking forward to working with its presenters ‘side hustle’ who are keeping their hand in with the new online Ardchattan FM station recently set up by Ardchattan Community Centre with Scottish Government funding.
Mr Cameron said fundraising efforts were ongoing for Oban FM, that enjoys a worldwide audience, to make its new home at the heart of the revamped Rockfield Centre.
An estimated £50,000 could be needed to make it happen, creating a central meeting room flanked by two digital studios offering maximum flexibility for recording and broadcasts.
Supporters can donate to the Road to Rockfield fund by visiting www.obanfm.scot
People can also go to the website to buy one of four membership packages to help support the station, which formed in 1992 and is licensed to serve North Argyll until 2028.
Looking forward to post lockdown, Oban FM also wants to hear from any budding presenters or other volunteers with practical skills interested in getting involved.
You can find Oban FM on 103.3FM, on the TuneIn Radio app, on your smart speaker or at www.obanfm.scot