Pure Radio to launch in Scotland with Robin Galloway on Breakfast

DC Thomson Media is launching a new station for Scotland called Pure Radio with former Heart presenter Robin Galloway hosting Breakfast.

The Central Scotland DAB service will also see Wave FM breakfast presenter Lynne Hoggan on daytimes and Aberdeen-born Paul Harper on afternoon drive.

Robin will be joined by radio newbies Alannah Mackenzie, landing a first official radio job following a university degree in Communication and Media Studies, and actor Rory Barraclough.

Pure Radio will broadcast from Glasgow’s city centre in the former PSP Media building on High Craighall Road, following DC Thomson Media’s acquisition of the media group in April this year. The building is currently undergoing a full studio kit-out on the top floor, complete with views across the city.

The launch of Pure Radio follows DC Thomson Media’s acquisition of Kingdom FM and Original 106 in April 2019 and the purchase of Wave FM in 2017.

Mike Watson, CEO, DC Thomson Media, told RadioToday: At a time when other stations are scaling back on Scottish content we’re doing the opposite. There’s a clear appetite for Scottish radio to be made and broadcast in Scotland, and we’re committed to doing it right. Our impressive presenter line-up is a clear indicator of our confidence in Pure Radio.”

Robin Galloway, Breakfast Show host and new Group Head of Presentation, added: “I love everything about radio, but after almost thirty years on-air, I believed I’d done my last ever radio show. I’d become scunnered by constantly being told what I could and couldn’t say. When I got the opportunity to join Pure Radio as The Boss, or Group Head of Presentation as they’ll make me say, I couldn’t turn it down. And of course, I immediately put myself on the breakfast show!”

“Changes to radio have left central Scotland without a station to call its own. Pure Radio is going to change that, we get Scottish humour and we know what listeners want. It’s purely a bunch of Scottish presenters talking about Scottish stuff and having fun – in Scotland.”

Pure Radio is set to go on air before the end of the year and will be available on DAB, online, via smart speakers and the Pure Radio app. It is not connected to either of the radio stations in England also named Pure Radio, or the radio manufacturer of the same name.