Real Radio Scotland started broadcasting across Central Scotland on 8th January 2002 on the frequencies previously occupied by Scot FM. Breakfast presenter Robin Galloway launched the station and played the first song “A Star Is Born” – a trend set by John Myers when he launched Real Radio Wales in 2000.
In 2006 Real Radio Scotland attempted to increase its coverage area by applying for the new FM licence for Aberdeen, but lost out to Original 106. During the summer of 2008 the station introduced networked programming including evening and overnight output from Manchester and a Saturday morning show hosted by Chris Tarrant. Listener complaints led to the return of local night time output a few months later, but the networked output was reintroduced during the summer of 2011.
On 6 February 2014 Global Radio announced it would be rebranding all Real Radio stations as Heart. Real Radio Scotland began a gradual transition to the Heart branding on 24 March 2014 and phased out the Real Radio branding on Sunday 20 April 2014. The full relaunch as Heart Scotland took place on Tuesday 6 May 2014.
Below you can listen to come clips from the days and minutes leading up to the launch of Real Radio, as well as the launch itself.
Real Radio is days away
Scotland’s best variety of music and talk
Standby for Real Radio
Tom Wilson promo
6 Minutes to the Launch of Real Radio Scotland
Kylie Power Into
Real Radio Launch 08/01/2002
First Ad Break