Castle FM

98.8 Castle FM

Castle FM was launched on 23 March 2012 replacing Leith FM which provided a service to strengthen the community spirit and identity of Leith by providing Leith people with the means of communicating with each other.

Leith FM got permission from regulator Ofcom to rebrand and broadcast as Castle FM on 98.8 FM to the Leith area and that part of north Edinburgh

Leith FM first broadcast in 2003 with Restricted Service Licences and was proud to be the community broadcaster for the people of Leith and north Edinburgh.

Leith FM relaunched as 98.8 Castle FM in a move aimed at taking the station across the whole of Edinburgh city. The station takes its name from the dominant landmark and major tourist attraction, Edinburgh Castle.

The station, which celebrates its fifth anniversary in April 2012, has just completed a £10,000 project to create new studios at its Academy Street, Leith premises.

Leith FM officially ended on Thursday 22 March 2012 with music being played until the official launch of the new Castle FM at 1.00pm on Friday 23 March 2012.

Entrepreneur Sir Tom Farmer pressed the button to mark the switchover to the new rebranded station as 98.8 Castle FM.

The launch event also involved the studios being named the Sir Tom Farmer studios and feature Leith based Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin.

Donny Hughes, business development manager at Castle FM told the Edinburgh Evening News: “Leith is still our base but we want to move the station away from being perceived as only serving those who live in the Leith area and position it as an outlet for people from all over the city will want to tune in as 95 per cent of Edinburgh picks up our signal.

“On a business level we hope the rebrand will generate exposure and attract more advertising revenues as the perception that we are solely concerned with those in Leith may have hampered our opportunities of attracting businesses.”

Leith FM was launched full-time on 26 March 2007 and the new Castle FM remains almost entirely run by volunteers, broadcasting a mix of music throughout the week and specialist music shows in the evening and at weekends. It also has broadcasts in Polish and Chinese and works with local schools and community groups.

Castle FM
17 Academy Street

Tele office: 0131 555 0446
Tele studio: 0131 555 3333