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About Pulse 98.4

Pulse 98.4 broadcasts on 98.4 FM to the Barrhead area of East Renfrewshire. Modern Barrhead has a total population of 17,649 (Ward 2, East Renfrewshire Council) and is a commuter town for Paisley and Glasgow.  

The Pulse 98.4 indoor reception area also covers south west Glasgow (Greater Pollok including Nitshill) with a population of 26,343 (adults 15+) and the Hawkhead, Ralston and Glenburn area of Paisley with a population of around 20,000 people. The map below indicates good indoor stereo reception in purple while the other red/pink indicates in-car listening.

Pulse 98.4 FM 42 48 54 dBclose inner in car and indoorTherefore, the Pulse 98.4 indoor reception coverage area total population is 63,992 or rounded-up to 64,000. [Sources: Scotland’s Census 2011, National Records of Scotland 2013, East Renfrewshire Council 2013]

Pulse 98.4 launched with a full-time Ofcom broadcasting licence on 28 July 2009 with a youth-led programme service.  This followed two short term Restricted Service Licence FM broadcasts during events and festivals to trial the programme service, and to obtain feedback from the Barrhead community on a possible full-time radio service.

Pulse Community Radio Limited was incorporated on 7 July 2009 and is a company limited by guarantee and without share capital; it is a community social business operating in the not-for-profit sector.  The company is registered in Scotland with company number SC362265.

Pulse Community Radio Limited is also a registered charity with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) number SC040342. 

Pulse Community Radio Limited has a board of directors to ensure Pulse 98.4 meets its Ofcom licence commitments including social gain objectives; to strengthen Pulse 98.4 links with the Barrhead and surrounding area communities, and to ensure Pulse 98.4 is viable, sustainable and meets the needs of the audience and potential listeners.

Pulse 98.4 is for the people of Barrhead and surrounding areas and has an emphasis on the development of young people. The station encourages community participation, celebrates cultural diversity in the area and represents underserved groups and is keen to nucture new young talent and skills.

The charitable purpose of Pulse Community Radio t/a Pulse 98.4 is the advancement of education; the advancement of citizenship or community development; the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science.  The beneficiaries are children and young people and for the benefit of the general community.

Pulse 98.4 frequently broadcast from live events across Renfrewshire and Glasgow including popular events in Paisley Town Centre to include the opening each year of the Paisley Town Centre Christmas Lights, the annual Paisley Real Beer Festival, Paisley Food Festival and at other events supporting Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Pulse 98.4 presents live sessions from musicians to play in the Pulse studio at Radio House and all sorts of celebrities take the time to come to Pulse to be interviewed.

Webcasting online via pulseonair.co.uk provides a live programme stream on the internet which has regular and dedicated online listeners outside of the 98.4 FM reception area across west central Scotland and abroad in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.