The Times 2 January, 2009
Broadcasting their breakfast show from a tiny studio inside a stone cottage overlooking the icy waters of Loch Gairloch, two ladies in the prime of life are bringing in the new year at the smallest commercial radio station in Britain.
And, if Anne Gray and Maisie Lyall, the DJs for Two Lochs Radio, are to be believed, it promises to be quiet in Gairloch, the idyllic village that straggles along the margins of remote Wester Ross. In this place you have to make your own fun in the aftermath of a raucous Hogmanay, because there is precious little else to do — a fact that Mrs Lyall makes abundantly clear when she addresses herself to the script marked “What's on today”.
“The Aultbea and Gairloch medical practice will be closed until Monday 5th January,” she tells her listeners. “Gairloch filling station will be closed today and Friday; the waste transfer station is also closed and so is the Gairloch leisure centre.”
However, not all is quiet. “On Friday, Gairloch Golf Club has its annual Paracetemol Open for members and guests. Tee time is 10.30 am and the captain recommends relative sobriety, though this is not essential.”
The smallest commerical radio station in Britain hits the ground strolling on Ne'er's day. Read more here: Live from Gairloch.
Listen to the station online here: Two Lochs Radio.