Radio Forth was launched on 22 January 1975 by chairman Richard Findlay, whose opening speech included the words: This, for the very first time, is Radio Forth. The first presenter on air was breakfast show host Steve Hamilton, who’s first record was by Scottish pop group, Pilot with their aptly named song “January”.
In 1990, Forth created a second station on its AM frequency. Before this, Radio Forth was broadcast as a single station on both FM and AM frequencies. The FM station was renamed Radio Forth RFM and aimed at a younger age group, while Max AM was designed for over 35s. The FM station was later renamed Forth FM and then in the mid-late 90s, Max AM was later renamed Forth AM to match its sister station. Max AM and Forth AM supplied the overnight sustaining programmes to Radio Borders during the nineties and noughties.
Dougie King was a presenter on Radio Forth in the early days of the station and one of the original line up when the station went on air in January 1975.
Lasting just over a year, he presented his final show on Sunday 11th April 1976. Here is the last hour (10 – 11am) of his last ever broadcast on Radio Forth. Dougie sadly passed away in 2001.
Dougie King 11/04/1976
Radio Forth Launch
Listen to Richard Findlay launching Radio Forth at 6am on 22nd January 1975, plus the start of Steve Hamilton’s Breakfast Show. We’ve also put together a montage of jingles for your listening pleasure.
Hogmanay Show 2003
Do you remember New Year’s Eve 2003? Due to snow and bad weather conditions, the Edinburgh street party and fireworks had to be cancelled. The poor weather didn’t stop the party though on Forth 2 – have a listen to Ken Haynes and Keith Thompson seeing out 2003 and seeing in 2004!
The Story Of Radio Forth
To celebrate the station’s 30th Birthday in 2005, Scott Wilson produced a programme looking back at the 30 years Radio Forth had been on the air. You can listen to edited highlights below:
Tom Wilson Tribute
Tom Wilson (brother of Scott) was one of the Radio Forth DJs and was best known for his contribution to the Scottish Dance Music scene. He sadly passed away on March 25th 2004. As a tribute, Grant Stott produced and presented this radio programme.