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International Audience Tunes To Cumbernauld College

Thursday, 02 February 2012

From Australia to Uzbekistan, foreign listeners have been tuning into Cumbernauld College’s radio station, Radio Active Scotland, in their thousands.

Set up three years ago by music lecturer Darren Paramasivan, Radio Active Scotland went live on the internet in 2011.

Since then the popular station has picked up a steady stream of international listeners with fans tuning in from Brazil, Russia, Serbia, Greece, Latvia and even the Maldives and Taiwan.

During the month of December, Radio Active Scotland attracted listeners from 91 countries across the globe – making up 71.4 per cent of the total number of listeners tuning in.

After the UK, Brazil topped the chart for number of minutes listeners stayed tuned into Radio Active Scotland, which broadcasts over the internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Latin nation listened for a total of 8247 minutes, with fans in the USA coming second, clocking up 5510 minutes over the month.

Russians meanwhile topped the list of most individual foreign listeners, with 142 across the country spending a total of 2890 minutes tuned into Radio Active Scotland.

As well as shows broadcast directly from the college, Radio Active Scotland also features slots by international presenters, living across the globe.

Run by students and staff at Cumbernauld College, the radio station offers a range of programmes from the oldest running student Amnesty International show, to comedy, Reggae, rock and dance.

Most popular shows include the unsigned acts section with Joan Taylor on a Thursday morning and Jim Hobbit’s talk show at 4pm on Thursday.

Darren said: “As soon as we began broadcasting over the internet we acquired a diverse range of listeners from across the globe.

“Radio Active Scotland is broadcast through various radio forums, which is where we pick up a lot of our international listeners, and also our presenters from around the world.

“The students have worked extremely hard to make the station a success. It’s exciting for them when we get the listening figures in for the month and they can see where around the world people have been tuning in from.

“It’s great to think that news and views from Cumbernauld College are getting out to some of the most far flung nations.”

To tune in to Radio Active Scotland online visit: http://www.cumbernauld.ac.uk/radioactive/



Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Cumbernauld College.


Notes to editors:

1.   Based in North Lanarkshire Cumbernauld College offers a range of courses from introductory courses and NQs (National Qualifications) through to Degree level study.

2.   Cumbernauld College has campuses in Cumbernauld, East Dunbartonshire and Broadwood (Sports Performance).

3.   Cumbernauld College became the first organisation in North Lanarkshire to achieve the Investors in People Gold Award (2010).