Radio Borders was born on 22nd January 1990 and broadcasts to the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland from studios in Tweedbank.
The station was set up by the late Rod Webster, who had worked at Moray Firth Radio since its inception in 1982. Radio Forth was a major shareholder at the start of the station’s life and for around the first 10-15 years used Max AM (Forth 2/Forth AM) as a sustaining service overnight. Now part of Bauer Media, much of the overnight and weekend programming is shared across the Scottish Bauer stations such as Radio Forth and Radio Clyde.
Radio Borders was one of the last stations to be set up by the IBA (Independent Broadcasting Authority) before the Radio Authority replaced it.
Border TV Lookaround 13/09/1989
Comedian Russ Abbott visited Tweedbank to cut the first sod on the site that was going to be home to the new radio station. Also present was Border TV’s news crew who produced an item for the Lookaround news programme.
Station Launch and first six hours of programming. Using the players below, you can listen to each hour in full.
Breakfast Show presented by Danny Gallagher
Hour 1 – 06:00
Hour 2 – 07:00
Hour 3 – 08:00
Hour 4 – 09:00
Mid Morning presented by Paul Baker
Hour 5 – 10:00
Hour 6 – 11:00
The Saturday Morning Session
This programme was presented by David Forbes. Here is a 30 minute excerpt from 03/02/1990, complete with wobby audio towards the end of Rod Stewart while the digital delay was in operation and building up for the live phone in!
During the show, David also invites listeners to call in for a chance to win a bottle of champagne, if they are attending a wedding! Was this the invention of what went on to be a regular Saturday morning feature, called the Wedding Spot, which ran for many years?
90s Jingle Montage
Highlights from Radio Borders First Birthday 22/01/1991
Each year, Station Manager, Rod Webster invited listeners to phone, fax or write in with their comments on Radio Borders. This was a yearly tradition and was continued by Danny Gallagher for many years after Rod left. Here are highlights from the first Birthday programme.
Radio Borders Award 1991
In 1991 Radio Borders won a Sony Radio Award for being the most listened to station per head of population. You can view the Border TV news item here.
Highlights from Radio Borders Second Birthday 22/01/1992
Highlights from Radio Borders Fifth Birthday (1995)
Golden Brown of the Millennium
Hugh Brown presented Golden Brown every Sunday morning on Radio Borders since 1991 and the programme featured classic hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s. For the Millennium (1st January 2000) Hugh presented a special 4 hour edition which you can hear in full by using the links below.
Night Time Radio Borders
Recorded 21/08/2001 this programme was presented by Paul Brownlee and features rugby commentary by Stuart McCulloch and Richie Gray.
Highlights from Radio Borders 20th Birthday
Stuart McCulloch, who had been one of the station’s well loved presenters and rugby commentators, passed away on Friday 1st February 2019 at the age of just 47.
He began his career in 1990 when he was taken on initially as a YTS trainee (Youth Training Scheme) when the station was first launched. “Sexy Stuart”, as he became affectionately known, was very much a part of Andrew McEwan’s weekday Music Box programme which was broadcast from 1-4pm.
Stuart eventually replaced Danny Gallagher on the Breakfast Show and also in the management seat, becoming the Station Director and who could forget his Saturday morning 18th Floor programme!
He will be sadly missed by lots of people who knew him personally and by those who remember him on the radio (and later, on TV) for his renowned rugby commentary.