The film “The Boat That Rocked” has stirred memories of all the offshore radio stations that operated around the British coast in the 1960s, including Radio Scotland. The Daily Record today features interviews with Paul Young, Jack McLaughlin, Doug Carmichael and Cathy Spence. I was a fan of Radio Scotland, as despite living in East Anglia my mother was from Glasgow, and we used to go up every August to stay with my grandmother. Radio Scotland was also the station where the late Stuart Henry, whom I had the privilege of meeting many years later at Radio Luxembourg, started his career. Unfortunately the article on the website doesn’t have any photos of the station, but this site does.
The owner of Radio Scotland, Tommy Shields, died just six months after the station was forced to close because of the Marine (Broadcasting) Offences Act. Those close to him said that he died of a broken heart. It sounds soppy four decades later, but people of my generation will understand.