Keith Community Radio

102.8 FM

Keith Community Radio (KCR) broadcasts on the 102.8 FM Keith area relay transmitter of MFR.

The service launched at 10.45 on the morning of 17 February 1986. It was the start of a success story that is about to write a whole new chapter.

A public meeting had been called some months earlier to float the idea and attracted a good number of enthusiasts eager to volunteer their services in putting out a daily diet of programmes to Turner Memorial Hospital, Linn Home, Glenisla Home and the Community Centre.

The ultimate aim was to take Keith Community Radio on to the open airwaves, to be picked up in homes and places of work.

KCR was to come under the umbrella of the Balloch Trust, which was overseeing other work experience schemes, and in 1987 KCR’s enterprise won an award and studio equipment from Chevron Petroleum (UK) Ltd. The station built up a successful track record and expertise but suffered from a limited audience and the dream of going on to open airwaves failed to materialise. The service closed in March 1993 when the management committee decided, in the face of financial difficulties, to “mothball” the service.

Then following changes in legislation on community radio, KCR was revived.

With the help of Moray Firth Radio, KCR went on the open airwaves in 1997, initially for four nights a week.

Today, KCR presents its own programmes on the 102.8 FM MFR relay from 7.00pm Monday to Friday.

As part of the Ofcom Community Radio Round 3 licensing in 2012, KCR was successful in its application for a separate and full-time licence and intends to start the new service in 2014.


Keith Community Radio Limited
Seafield Studio
59a Land Street
AB55 5AN

Tele: 01542 886080