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Ross shire Journal

Friday 9 May 2008

A GROUP of nine prospective young radio presenters skimmed over the seawaves to Skye recently to take over the airwaves there.

The trainee stars from Two Lochs Radio in Gairloch did a stint on radio from the studios of their 'neighbouring' local radio station, Cuillin FM in Portree.

Although as the crow flies, Portree is less than 30 miles from Gairloch, a road trip entails over 100 miles.

The answer, however, was to enlist the services of the local Hebridean Whale Cruises and their high-speed inflatable boat Orca 1, which is usually engaged with tourists on wildlife trips from Gairloch to the Shiant Islands.

With skipper Nick Davies at the helm, the trip across the sea took just 45 minutes. In no time the five primary and four secondary school children settled in, got familiar with the technicalities of the studio, and were on air broadcasting from their overseas surroundings.

Their programmes were broadcast on both Cuillin FM and Two Lochs Radio, underlining the strong links already forged between the two stations and, for the youngsters, highlighting the benefits and experience of operating from a different station. Financial support for this undertaking was received from Youthlink Scotland and the Highland Council. This is gratefully acknowledged.

The manager of Two Lochs Radio station, Alex Gray has said, “We are very grateful to everyone who helped to make this trip a success, and especially to Cuillin FM for their hospitality. I hope that one day we can return the favour.”

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