After two years of planning and hard work TD9 Radio, Hawick’s new community radio station, launched at 6pm last night (Monday 17th August). The launch had originally been planned for the end of March, however the same week, the government announced the UK would go into lockdown due to COVID-19.
The station is the brainchild of Hawick man David Henderson who has worked in broadcasting since the late 80s, including stints at BBC Radio Scotland in Selkirk (when it was known as Radio Tweed) and Radio Borders. David is passionate about radio and describes the idea behind it. “Sadly, the radio industry is moving towards more and more networked programmes, that is content that is not produced or presented locally. You can move between various commercial stations nowadays and they are all broadcasting the same programme – that’s not really local radio. Community radio is doing now what local radio did many years ago and the aim is to make TD9 Radio ‘super local’ by inviting guests from the local community into the studio. TD9 Radio will feature music from local artists, promote local events as well as helping give the people of Hawick a voice of their own.”
TD9 Radio is staffed and run entirely by local volunteers and relies on donations, sponsorship and advertising to survive. Most of the programming will be broadcast in the evening and weekends to start with, until a larger team of volunteers is built up. David is confident that the station will be a success and will offer something exisiting radio services don’t provide. He continued: “TD9 Radio will cover a wide range of musical genres – we already have something like more than 60 years worth of music at our fingertips and some of our specialist music presenters will bring their own style of music to their programmes. One example is Motown and Northern Soul and I’m pleased to say we’ll be featuring that. Starting in September will be a traditional Scottish music and dance programme as well as easy listening. There’s also plenty space for anyone that’s interested in being part of this new venture – simply head over to our Volunteer page and send us a message.”
Hawick’s Honorary Provost, Watson McAteer was one of the first guests into the studio on launch day to welcome the station on the air. You can hear his welcome speech here.