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May 252017
 May 25, 2017
Alive 107.3 will be taking part in National Local Radio day which is taking place on Friday 26th May. As part of the day the station will be showcasing their whole schedule in ONE day . Listeners can expect normally scheduled shows as well as 60 minute taster shows covering genres from Jazz to Bluegrass , Rock to Country.
There will also be a live FREE music event being broadcast live from Kings Coffee and Books in Queensberry Street from 7pm  featuring Stoney Broke , Kate Kyle, Clan Blues , McCrossan & Taylor and Nithville
Alive has been broadcasting as a community station for nearly 8 years and has recently moved to new purpose built studios at 32 Annan Road  and boasts nearly 40 volunteers involved in presenting , production and marketing .
Ali Donowho from Alive said ” This day is a great way to let our community hear what we do on a weekly basis as well as increase awareness of the station . Alive has evolved into one of the most diverse community radio stations in Scotland.”
If you would like to listen to Local Radio Day on Alive 107.3 , you can listen on the website or on the Tunein and RadioPlayer Apps and, of course, on 107.3 in Dumfries . Programmes start at 6am .
May 152017
 May 15, 2017

Alive 107.3 Patron Joanna Lumley has been awarded the Bafta Fellowship at a star studded award ceremony in London last night .

Best known for playing champagne-sipping Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous, Joanna Lumley has had one of the most varied careers in British entertainment.

After starting out as a model she was propelled to fame in the 1970s as Purdey in The New Avengers.

The Fellowship is, quite simply, the academy’s highest honour. Previous recipients include Michael Palin, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Sir David Attenborough and Julie Walters.

Few would dispute that she is a deserving name to be added to that list.

After last nights award she said .

“We as actors, we’re dragged about in golden carriages… we are furnished with words, costumed, made up, we have stunt performers to make us look better. We have people who drive us, who dress us. We have all this”.

“For me this is paradise because I’m here where I wanted to be – I’m in the company that I wish to keep ever since I was young. I wanted to be with people who left race and religion and age and gender and shoe size and things outside the door when they came. People who are in our profession don’t have those discriminations.”


May 112017
 May 11, 2017
The annual ‘North West 200’ motorcycle road race will take place in Northern Ireland, on Saturday 13 May 2017 and police are appealing for drivers in the region to take extra care on the roads as around 3500 motorcycles are expected to travel through Dumfries and Galloway to attend the event.
The bikes are expected to use the regions roads, particularly the A75 and A77 trunk roads, as the riders travel to the ferry port at Cairnryan to attend the event and back using the same route when the race is over.
Police are warning motorists to expect high numbers of motorcyclists on these roads from today, Thursday 11 May right through to Monday 15 May as riders make their way to and from the event. Generally the motorcyclists travel in groups and therefore are fairly easy to spot, however motorists should be aware that single bikes can suddenly appear and can be difficult to see at times.
Constable Stephen Judge from the Road Policing Unit at Stranraer said: “The peak times for bikes travelling to the race will start on Thursday 11 May, building up to the race on Saturday and Sunday/Monday will see the bikes return through our region.
“A policing plan has been developed over the years to assist the motorcyclists to pass safely through our region and it has proved very successful over the years.  Once again we will put this plan into operation which will mean increased police patrols all along the A75 and on the A77 roads.
“A common cause of motorcycle crashes is the so-called T-boning of the motorcycle by drivers who either pull out of a junction in front of, or across the path of an oncoming bike to turn right. These collisions could be avoided by drivers taking more care.

“Drivers should remember that motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than drivers, especially in wet conditions. A driver may walk away from a crash that a motorcyclist would not.

“We will have an increased road presence during this time, including Police Scotland motorcycle patrols and will focus on accident hotspots and promoting responsible driver and rider behaviour.”
May 082017
 May 8, 2017

Female singers and musicians across the country have been invited to enter the contest to be crowned the first ever Maiden of Music.

The competition is part of an event designed to celebrate and encourage women to make the most of their musical talents.

More than 150 women, including soloists, groups and choirs are expected to participate in the Maidens of Music festival, which takes place in Dumfries during every Saturday in May.

The festival was run as a one-off last year, but was so popular that organisers Carol Brotherston, Jo Blain and Linzie Watson, decided to stage it again – and came up with the idea of adding in a competition to find the best performer.

Carol, a professional piano teacher, said: “We love going out to hear live music, but what really struck us was how few female musicians and performers you see out there. And in my work I know that it’s not through lack of talent, but I do think it can often be lack of confidence.

“So what we want to do is to celebrate those who perform, empower women to take to the stage, nurture those who are developing, provide a friendly platform and inspire those who have never tried. As part of that we have decided to run a competition and the winner will be crowned the 2017 Maiden of Music.

“Last year was great, but this time the whole festival will be bigger, louder, more fun and even more inspirational.”

This weekend the festival kicks off with a whole variety of acts of all types and ages performing at Hugo’s Bar in Bank Street. They include The Sing It Choir, from Aberdour, Ellie McConnachie (a 12-year-old singer, pianist and guitarist), trad musician Emily McLatchie, The Jay Jayz acoustic duo and Cumbrian indie band The Quazars.

Each week will see one Maidens of Music finalist chosen from among the performers. The competition finals will take place later in the month on 27 May, with the overall winner receiving a special trophy.

Carol said: “This is a showcase Maidens of Music for female musicians and songwriters all ages and at all stages of their musical career. If you’re a woman who makes music then you can take part. And everyone who loves great musical entertainment and a festival atmosphere is invited along.”

Apr 182017
 April 18, 2017


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SCOTTISH Conservatives claim the SNP Scottish Government to ‘ransom’ in a dispute over landings.

The Scottish Conservatives have written to Fishing Minister Fergus Ewing demanding that he release the 12% mackerel quota currently being retained by the Scottish Government.

The letter comes after it came to the attention of Conservative Fishing Spokesperson Finlay Carson that the Scottish Government had taken the unprecedented decision to withhold 12% of the Scottish mackerel quota amidst disputes with the industry over the amount of fish being landed in Scotland’s ports.

The Scottish Conservatives have branded this as a “disproportionate” move that holds fishermen to ransom and Mr Carson said: “Without quota, fishermen cannot catch any fish, and if they cannot catch any fish, they cannot make a living. Withholding part of the mackerel quota, the most important fishery in Scotland, only seeks to play with the livelihoods of hard-working Scottish fishermen.

“This is an entirely disproportionate decision by the Scottish Government. Fergus Ewing is apparently intent on achieving his landings targets at any cost.

“While I fully support the ambition to see more fish landed in Scotland’s ports, holding fishermen to ransom is not the way to achieve this. Instead, we need a government willing to work with the industry to look at why so many catches are being landed elsewhere and what can be done to  make it more appealing for fishermen to land in Scotland.

“I am deeply concerned by the way in which Fergus Ewing has chosen to treat Scotland’s fishermen. I would urge him to reconsider this reckless move and urgently release the final 12% of the 2017 mackerel quota.”


Apr 182017
 April 18, 2017

Hibernian sealed their return to the Premiership, beating Queen of the South to wrap up the Championship title.

Defender Darren McGregor looped home a header then flicked in a Jason Cummings corner before the interval.A crowd of 17,056 turned up for the Easter Road party, ending a period of three seasons in the second tier for the Edinburgh club.

Having drawn four of their past five games, there was no sign of any malaise as the hosts started in whirlwind fashion, with John McGinn and Martin Boyle having early chances.

But the Dumfries side showed they were not simply making up the numbers as Dominic Thomas fired just wide from 18 yards.The breakthrough came on 13 minutes as McGinn floated a free-kick to the back post, where McGregor sent a header arcing over the outstretched arms of Lee Robinson and into the net.It was the centre-half’s first goal of the season and the huge home support roared their approval.

They were then infuriated by referee Barry Cook, who called back play when Cummings was clean through on goal. Queens midfielder John Rankin was booked for a challenge on Andrew Shinnie but, rather than playing advantage, Cook blew his whistle.The visitors almost drew level when former Hibee Stephen Dobbie got on the end of a mishit shot by Thomson, but Ofir Marciano pulled off a magnificent stop.

Robinson then denied the home side a second with a wonderful save from a Boyle shot but, moments later, Lennon’s side doubled their advantage.

Cummings sent in a corner that was met by the right boot of McGregor for his and his team’s second of the day.The home side continued to drive forward and scored number three just after the break.Robinson did well to parry away another Cummings volley but, from the corner, Gray rose above the Doonhamers’ defence to nod in at the back post.

Apr 182017
 April 18, 2017

Toploader have been announced as the headline act at this year’s RNLI Parkfest in Stranraer.

It is the eighth edition of the event on the shores of Loch Ryan which raises funds for the inshore lifeboat unit.

Toploader follow in the footsteps of Dodgy, S-Club and Ben Haenow in performing at the Dumfries and Galloway festival.

A host of local acts will also take to the stage at Agnew Park this year on Saturday 19 August.

Apr 102017
 April 10, 2017

Heavier Than Metal and Raz White Entertainment are pleased to confirm our last band that will be playing at The Venue Dumfries on the 26th of May is South West Scotland’s Premium Metal cover band Bloodslab. They will be joining Headliners Chasing Dragons and Glasgow metal heads Dyorlich. Get your tickets from the link on the poster for a mere £6! Freebies and giveways on the night!

Apr 102017
 April 10, 2017

Local Radio Day is coming to Dumfries on Friday 26th May . Tune in and discover you community station .

During Local Radio Day as well as our regular programming we are giving our listeners the chance to hear Alive in ONE day .

We will offering a chance to hear taster 60 minute versions of our shows throughout the day to give you a flavour of what Alive 107.3 is all about , and we hope to surprise you .