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So long, Glaswegian indie rock radio

XFM Scotland, the radio station formerly known as Beat 106, is to become part of the Galaxy dance music network.

The switch, which will be made in the autumn, is likely to see a radical overhaul of the station’s music output.

6 replies on “So long, Glaswegian indie rock radio”

I can’t say that I was an avid listener but it’s a shame it’s going. That said, stations like XFM grew out of the need for “indie rock” radio on the back of the majority of stations playing lots of dance music. Now that the mainstream stations see “indie rock” as their musical priority, there is probably a dance audience applauding this decision.

In any case, I’ll stick to Rock FM and my daily does of ZZ Top, Cream, Ted Nugent, Journey and the perennial AC/DC.

Chris Evans was doing requests from kids only yesterday, and a nine-year-old rang in to request Black Betty. I wish I’d been that cool when I was nine. Fuck it, I wish I was that cool now.

At 9-years old, the coolest band I knew were Dr Hook and the Medicine Show.

My parents were fans. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; I’ve just been listening to them this morning.

@Ronnie:
> Now that the mainstream stations see “indie rock” as their musical priority, there is probably a dance audience applauding this decision.

Probably. I don’t know enough about Galaxy to comment – maybe they’re great for fans of dance music, as opposed to playing yet more Clyde-style ned dance music. Although given that they’re a commercial radio network, I doubt it.

I think it’s a shame for DJs like Jim Gellatly, though hopefully he’ll land on his feet.

It’s a shame, but I think the Galaxy brand has more chance than Xfm. I don’t really think Xfm worked in Scotland compared to Real/Clyde.

We really need something different to be snapping at the heels of Real/Clyde who are too busy doing the middle of the road thing, Bland FM.

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