Johnstone Sound

Community Online Radio For Johnstone

Alex Kerr

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Alex Kerr

Alex started his radio journey back during his school days, way back in the 70’s, he even asked if he could start a school radio, something that was never heard of back then. The school said ‘NO’, not surprised  by this rejection he build his own radio studio at 12 years old in his house in howwood road and called it radio 39 (house number). He then presented and produced audio cassette tapes and took them into school for his pals to listen to. Back in 1981 he left Johnstone High School and started on the then Hospital Radio Paisley and gained loads of experience producing and presenting shows. 1982 he founded the Johnstone Talking Newspaper for the blind, recording local news onto audio cassette to be sent to the local blind in the area, keeping them up to date with the local news. Today the Talking Newspaper has just celebrated its 37th year, now called Renfrewshire Sound based in Paisley. In 1995 he joined Radio Silverstone for their 30 years of Silverstone celebrations, where he broadcast live over the British Grand Prix on FM to over 250000 people. Then he started a local online station from where he moved back in 1990, Banbury in North Oxfordshire called Impact Live, then in June 2003 he was awarded a FM licence for the month of June to broadcast to the local area.  2015 saw the launch of Banbury LIVE a non profit online station which broadcast for over 3 years.  The launch of Paisley FM saw him present a Saturday afternoon show which is still broadcast today, thanks to his contact with Norman Ross. Alex then founded Johnstone Sound back in 2018 along with friends the station is a non profit station and funded by support from the local business community. Broadcast from his studio in North Oxfordshire Alex produces all his radio shows from his studio, of course built by himself. You can hear Alex on Johnstone Sound every Tuesday night LIVE from 8pm and every Saturday afternoon on Paisley FM 107.5 Radio for Renfrewshire.

                                 Alex’s self build LIVE radio studio