New Edinburgh radio station hopes to help connect people to creativity
- Katharine Gemmell
- 28 June 2018
EH-FM launches as a community-focused platform that provides a space for local creatives to showcase their talent
A new multimedia radio platform in Edinburgh is set to launch on Friday 29 June as a welcome addition to the city's arts scene. EH-FM, which will be based in Summerhall, is to host shows from local Scottish creatives and provide a platform for their work outside of the normal night time setting. The schedule will consist of over 30 shows on a monthly schedule and aims to broadcast live from the studio Tuesday to Sunday, with listeners being able to tune in via the station's website. In addition to the regular broadcast from the studio, they will also broadcast from around the city in various cultural locations.
The team have already been warming up in anticipation for their official opening with live broadcasts from Hidden Door Festival which included appearances from DJs like Percy Main (Lionoil) and Kate Harahan. Ahead of the launch, we spoke to the EH-FM team to find out more about the inspiration behind the radio station and what to expect in the future.
Where did the idea for EH-FM come from and why did you feel Edinburgh needed a radio station like EH-FM?
We felt that there was a gap in Edinburgh for a community-focused creative platform. We think there is a huge amount of exciting, innovative stuff coming out of our city at the moment, despite the common (and unfair) narrative that nothing ever happens here! The great thing about radio is that you can promote someone's work to a wide audience without the need for much physical space. In a time when we're seeing so many venues being lost to various development projects, we hope EH-FM will provide an alternative way for people to connect with the self-expression of others.
What foundational values is the radio station built on?
EH-FM is a community radio station, so we're built on community values. Inclusivity and respect are two important values for a successful community: we want to be as inclusive as possible without compromising on quality, and we want to achieve diversity and gender equality through our programming and the team in general. Another value that springs to mind are advocacy. We want to use this radio station as a voice to support the things that make our community a great place to be. We want to celebrate interesting, creative, positive things going on in the city – hopefully, that positivity will spread.