Xpress Radio Scotland

A Community project Hamilton, United Kingdom

Your Diversity Station! Scotland's first and only LGBTIQ radio station.

Xpress Radio Scotland is the new, fresh voice for equality and diversity in radio - and for the first time broadcasting from Scotland with a clear focus on Scottish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex (LGBTI) issues and lifestyles.  We deliver high quality entertainment, diverse and relevant content that connects & reflects all segments of the community, no matter where in Scotland they may be. 


We are now an official Social Enterprise as a registered Community Interest Company (CIC) with Scottish Companies House (Company Number 496371).  We have five clear social aims and objective:

  • To provide a voice for, reflect and improve modern gay life in Scotland - connecting all generations, through news, discussion, debate, stories and having fun, meanwhile a thread of music (with a strong focus on new & unsigned Scottish and LGBTI talent) which commercial stations often ignore.
  • To connect LGBTI people in all our communities, enabling them to share experiences and deepen understanding of the issues faced in rural and urban areas.
  • To raise the profile of Scotland as a diverse and LGBTI-friendly destination.
  • To deliver a platform for charities and community groups to reach new audiences.
  • To highlight challenges and issues faced by our community including (but not limited to) bullying, homophobia, transphobia, hate crime, mental illness, isolation, and sexual health.
  • To provide opportunities for training and work experience in the Radio and Media industry for all, particularly young and unemployed people.


We’ve come a long way in a short time.  Since broadcasting live from April 2015, we've had over 8,700 people tune in and we’ve covered such events as Pride Edinburgh, Eurovision, T in the ParkX Factor finalist's OTY Glasgow visit, the Big Gay Ball, the Big Gay Lunch, the Mixologist Final of the Scottish Entertainment Awards, the Gay Supporters Football Network final between Glasgow & Edinburgh, Calalmity Jane, The Producers,  Sister Act, Shrek and had interviews with Shami Chakrabati (director of Liberty), Michelle McManus (singer), Julie Clarke (author of ‘Being Julie’), Alastair Rose (head of Gay Men's Health), Grant Sugden (head of Waverley Care) and Daniel Donaldson (legal expert).  Over the next few months, we will also be official partners for Pride Glasgow 2015 and the brand new Icon Awards.  


We currently have a team of over twenty passionate and motivated volunteers.  Our presenters come from a variety of backgrounds, including a Britain’s Got Talent finalist, a Big Brother housemate, an STV presenter & comedian, editor of female magazine ‘Gaia’, former head of Gay Men's Health, popular Scottish Drag performers, former BBC presenters and employess, and a popular Glasgow DJ.  We also have a number of presenters and volunteers who are presently unemployed and students, allowing them the opportunty to gain new experiences and skills.

Visit our full schedule and listen LIVE at www.XpressRadio.scot 

We offer a range of live and recorded programming and content with a strong, although not limited to, LGBTIQ Scotland-focus. This includes:


• News

• Music (various genres & established artists, as well encouraging submissions from Scottish and LGBTIQ

musicians too)

• Talk / phone-in, discussing news items, hot topics, offering advice and information

• Entertainment news and reviews

• Interviews with community personalities, decision-makers, business people, as well as

visiting ‘celebs’, performers, artists and other note-worthy or news-making personalities.

• Reports

• Covering of local events


We have already received endorsements from Alex Neil (Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice & Communities), Pop Idol winner, Michelle McManus, and Scotland’s queen of daytime TV, Lorraine Kelly as well as many prominent members of the Scottish LGBTIQ community, personalitieis and heads of organisations & charities.  



With a rapidly growing listenership both in Scotland and around the world combined, with the proven efficacy of radio advertising, this is your chance to support a brand new & exciting concept supporting of the LGBTI community.


Your generous donations will help towards many of our running costs & expenses as well as important equipment purchases.  Here's a selection of some of things your money will be used for: 


- Rent:  £375 per month

- Electricity:  £50 per month

- Internet & telephone:  £55 per month

- Travel expenses (for unemployed & student volunteers): £200 per month

- Streaming costs:  £15 per month

- Website related: £20 per month

- Music licences:  £450 per year

- Insurances:  £100 per month

- Mic flags:  £10 each

- Promotional goods:  £100-1000

- Community radio studio package (including mixing desk):  £3,029

- Software:  £600

- Mobile audio recorder:  £625

- Broadcast microphone: £228 each

- Headphones:  £66 each

- Headset with mic:  £127 each

- Microphone desk arm:  £94 each

- 5TB Hard drive: 193.94 each


We would like to thank you in advance for any amount you are able to throw our way.

We offer some great rewards to all those who generously contribute.  

We also have some amazing early-bird advertising rates for all commercial clients as part of the rewards package, so be sure to check them out!

Its time we finally gave the Scottish LGBTIQ its voice and you can help it to be heard!


Xpress Radio Scotland - Your Diversity Station!  

Listen 24 hours a day at www.xpressradio.scot or download the TuneIn app for iOS, Android and Windows devices.