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Radio Scotland first went on the air  shortly before midnight on 31st December 1965. It had been a long battle to launch the station, with frustrating delays right up to the last minute.

That seemed to set the scene for what would turn out to be an eventful 20 months, which included a prolonged tow of the radio ship round the north of Scotland, a number of relocations in an attempt to find more suitable anchorages, a fire on board the Comet, staff disputes and resignations and, to top it all, a prosecution for broadcasting inside British territorial limits.

The station presented some innovative programming which would have been inappropriate for the other British offshore stations, but which ideally met the needs of its target audience in Scotland (and Ireland).

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Two views of the Radio Scotland ship, Comet

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