Midlothian radio station’s call to businesses

Black Diamond presenters Harwey and Helen Stalker and Ruth and David Aird at an awards ceremony last year

Black Diamond presenters Harwey and Helen Stalker and Ruth and David Aird at an awards ceremony last year

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A Midlothian community radio station is urging local businesses to help the station grow by capitalising on a rule change by Ofcom.

Midlothian Community Media Association (MCMA) is the charity that runs community radio station Black Diamond FM, based at Newbattle Community Learning Centre in Newtongrange.

MCMA chairman Bob Miller said: “Recent licence changes announced by Ofcom bring new opportunities for us.

“Community radio stations are now permitted to raise up to £15,000 in advertising and sponsorship and we learned that we can apply for a five year extension to our licence in 2017.

“This change means we can now extend our links with the business community either through advertising, sponsorship of programmes, or even acknowledgement of donations to support the development of the station.

“Any local businesses who would like to support us in any way can contact us at marketing@blackdiamondfm.com. ”

Since it came into being in 2007 the volunteers at Black Diamond have provided community radio for Midlothian. Bob added: “The last 12 months have been a challenge for us following the death of one of our founders, John Ritchie. The board rallied under the leadership of Caroline Crawford then were dealt another blow earlier this year with the death of Brian Smith, known on air as Brian John.

“Listeners sometimes assume we have paid staff but it’s all down to the dedicated team of unpaid volunteers ranging in age from Bill Prentice at 92 down to the teenage presenters.