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Pre-Opening of Radio Clyde

Glasgow's first commercial radio station prepares to broadcast

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The preparations for the opening of Radio Clyde, a new Radio station in Glasgow. The clip includes footage of singers recording the Radio Clyde jingle.

Questions & Activities


  • Why was the opening of Radio Clyde significant?
  • What is a commercial radio station and how is it different from a public radio station?
  • Does Radio Clyde still exist today and if so how is it different?
  • Radio Clyde broadcast on the 261 frequency. What frequency or frequencies does it broadcast under today?
  • What kinds of programme can you hear on the Clyde 1 and Clyde 2 today? What is the variety of music, news and current affairs.
  • What is Clyde 1 and 2's main rival in commercial radio today?
  • It was envisaged that Radio Clyde would receive 2.5 million listeners - how many does Clyde 1 receive today?
  • How Scottish is Clyde 1 today? Compare this with Real Radio Scotland.


Expressive Arts / Media Studies / Drama: You are setting up a commercial radio station for your local area. Create a name for your radio station and create a programme that will appeal to all ages and provide local and international news, advertising, music, sports and quizzes. Present an extract from your show to your class or school.

English / Expressive Arts: Write a news report for broadcasting on your radio station.

Music: Create a jingle for your radio station.

Social History / Citizenship: Radio Clyde was set up to broadcast to local people. How Scottish do you think Clyde 1 is today and how is this achieved? Compare this with Real Radio and BBC Scotland.

Business Studies / Economic History: Research how commercial and public radio stations are funded. Present a report on how this funding affects the programming of the radio station.

History / Media Studies: Research broadcasting in the early 1970s and find out how Radio Clyde came into being. Discuss how Radio Clyde has changed since 1973 and write an essay on the way broadcasting has changed in the last forty years.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-381-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Scottish Television
Project Ref T0158
Date 1973
Genre TV News
School Subject Expressive Arts, Drama, English, Economic History, Business Studies, Media Studies, History
Subject Matter Citizenship
Who Scottish Television (production company), Steve Jones (DJ)
Where Glasgow
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 5:22
Film Length 05:22