Welcome to Essential Radio


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Essential Radio from Ayrshire College is a 24/7 music-led radio station for staff, students and employers, based in the Kilwinning Campus. We are funded by the Ayrshire College Foundation. The radio station will showcase students’ learning outcomes in selected Essential Skills classes, helping to enhance student learning in an innovative way across all campuses.  It will also be available to students across the college who have an interest in broadcasting and who may wish to present a programme.

As an additional college activity the station will enrich students with music and news of events happening across the campus, supporting and inspiring students during their time at Ayrshire College. 

We will encourage and develop new and creative ways to reach out to our student population via the methods of teaching Essential Skills, while providing local employers with a direct link to students across all campuses.  


Lunchtime News – 10 mins of news, sport, business and showbiz from Radio News Hub

The Number Ones – 50 minutes of non-stop chart-toppers from the 70s to the present

Essential Hits – a full hour of the biggest songs from the current chart and the last 10 years

The Decades – an hour each of the best music of the 70s, 80s and 90s

The Chill Out Zone – wind down at the end of the day with DJ Lazy B’s selection of chilled-out tracks and lush love songs, every Sunday to Thursday

Ready for the Weekend – 60 minutes of dance anthems to start the weekend with Lee Everest

Disco Central – former West Sound DJ Gary Moore keeps the disco music of the 70s alive every Friday night

Retro Charts – Essential Skills team member Brian Woolfson counts down the Top 20 from 2 classic years every Saturday afternoon

Pure Cheese – Ayrshire College student Scott O’Hare gets you in the mood for Saturday night with 2 hours of the cheesiest music ever

Grooveline – Saltcoats native Stephen Howie plays soul and groove to move every Saturday evening – soul, jazz funk, acid jazz and soulful house

The Third Class Ticket Radio Show – Tommy Clark plays the best unsigned and independent music. For airplay send your tracks (mp3 or wav) to thirdclassticket@hotmail.co.uk

The Rock Block – Ian Davies with classic rock, prog rock, punk rock, glam rock and the special category ‘rock which may not even be rock’

The Eurovision Show – Simon Harding celebrates the music of Eurovision past and present, with his weekly update on the contest and its participants


Text the word 'essential' plus your message to 07897 016555 (texts charged at your standard network rate).

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