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Buddy Go: Local boy Robin Matheson hosts 096's breaktast show live mornings a week.
Since the start ofthe month, a new local commercial radio station has been available to 750,000 listeners in the south and west of Glasgow and Renfrewshire. Q96 — broadcasting from the centre of Paisley on 96.3FM — is aimed, according to programme controller and lunchtime show host Bob McWilliam, ‘at people who feel too old for Clyde 1 but too young for Clyde 2: the 20—40 age bracket.‘ McWilliam heads an experienced team which includes Nick Richards, previously known as the DJ aboard Radio Caroline when it sank in 1980.
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‘We fought off three other competitors to win this licence.‘ said McWilliam. ‘We won due to our financial backing plus our commitment to providing a service to the community.‘ Aside from providing local news bulletins, this ‘service to the community‘ comes into its own in the 7pm-midnight slot, which has so far featured a programme on local health issues and a Community Access hour as well as jazz. folk. blues and country slots. The daytime shows have a staple diet of classic hits and album tracks. interspersed with the occasional in-studio current affairs debate, plus a regular What‘s On feature.
096 is not, ofcourse, a completely unknown quantity, having broadcast over the 1991 Paisley Festival period under the title PLR (Paisley Local Radio). But with its new, more permanent base to build on. McWilliam says he aims to have upwards of 150.000 listeners by this time next year. (Michael Paterson)
Q96 welcomes ideas for programmes and can be contacted on 041 887 9630 or at PO Box 96, Paisley, PA1 2N5.
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EIsJoglars As the Edinburgh International Festival drew to a close, a few perlormers iound rays ot sunshine despite the August deluges in a handful ol awards given out as part at the capital’s annual culture bash. New on the agenda was prize-money totalling £50,000 tor The Scotsman Festival Awards, tunded by the Hamada Edinburgh Festival Foundation. Judged outstanding musical event at the Festival was the opening concert pertormance oi Schoenberg’s Moses And Aaron, performed by the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Armstrong. Spanish group Els Joglars won the theatre award lor its production all Have An Uncle In America, a critique of the Columbus
quincentenary. Both were awarded £20,000 each. Additional prizes at £5000 went to soprano Janice Watson and Communicado lor its stage version of Cyrano de Bergerac.
Elsewhere in the city, the Edinburgh Intematlonal Film Festival also gave out its awards. The Post Ollice McLaren Award tor new British animation went to Tim Webb tor A Is
For Autism, while Australia's Stavros Andonis Elthymiou became the 1992 Channel FourYoung Film Maker 0i The Year with his short The Road To Alice. For the lirst time ever at Edinburgh, the international lederation ot tilm critics, FIPRESCI, gave an international award to Mama, the lirst independent tilm lrom China, but did not give a national prize, choosing instead to give special mention to John Maybury’s Man To Man and Richard Spence’s You, Me & Marley. The latter, as predicted by The List, won the Michael Powell Award for best British leature ﬁlm, while the Charles Chaplin New Director Award also went to home-grown talent, being split between Bill Anderson lor Creatures Of Light, and Vadim Jean and Gary Sinyor tor Leon The Pig Farmer.
Box office receipts tor the EIFF, the iirst under director Penny Thomson, were up 35 per cent on last year. There were also smiles at the Fringe Otiice where ticket sales had broken all previous records, up 15 per cent. The only note of gloom came lrom the Edinburgh International Festival itsell, which looked unlikely to make up last year’s £220,000 deticit. (Alan Morrison)
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