For two weeks in August 1998, Sunny Govan Community Radio broadcast from the former police station in Orkney Street in Govan; this innovative project brought together a group of people as diverse as Govan itself. Initially a one-off celebration of the G51 area, the overwhelmingly positive response showed there was a clear demand for a regular and permanent radio service in the area. For the next four years, Sunny Govan continued to broadcast annually for four weeks a year; from 2002, we have been broadcasting continuously on the web.
In 2005, Sunny Govan Community Radio was successful in achieving a full-time community radio license in recognition of how the group worked as pioneers of the community radio sector.
Our daytime programming typically consists of around 60% music, 40% speech. We like to talk about topics of local interest, such as arts and cultural programmes, community magazine programmes, local news and event information, issue-based talk shows, health information and advice.
The station’s musical output is driven by our listeners – researched through surveys and questionnaires – and reflects the diversity of the local community. Our recent canvassing suggest that people’s musical tastes extend across many musical genres and we do our best to provide ‘a bit of something for everyone’.
At Sunny Govan Community Radio, we are passionate about local talent and actively promote their music and performances. We aim to broadcast at least 12 hours of live programming every day – usually between 10am and midnight – using the rest of the time to repeat our most popular programmes. While the majority of our output is locally produced, we actively work with other like-minded community radio stations in Scotland and across the world to exchange programming.