The Open Line

From Scotland On Air
Jump to: navigation, search

The Open Line was a Saturday night, problem-based phone-in show which ran for nearly 30 years on Radio Forth. It was also later simulcast on Radio Tay, Central FM and Radio Borders.


The Open Line Show, as it was originally titled, first went on-air on Saturday 6 October 1979 between 11pm and 1am.[1] The name 'Open Line' had been used by a number of the early Independent local radio stations in the 1970s, including LBC and Capital Radio in London, and Nottingham's Radio Trent.


The programme was axed in 2009 by Radio Forth's regional programme director Duncan Campbell as part of a shake-up of the Forth 2's programming. He said at the time: "To deliver AM audience and commercial engagement requires us to pedal even harder, and we are constantly looking at new and creative ways to delight and entertain our listeners."[2]


  1. 'Radio Forth listings', Glasgow Herald, 6 October 1979, 7.
  2. 'Phone-in Father gets cut off,' Scotsman, 12 June 2009.