Hello and welcome to this weeks’ Irvine Beat FM Column. Earlier this week I spoke with one of our lunchtime presenters, Robert Sommerville. Here’s what he had to say.

Q: How and why did you get involved with Irvine Beat FM?

A: I was a lunchtime guest talking about another voluntary role I was involved with and after the interview got talking to Jack Bennie and within a couple of weeks I had my own show - never having done anything like this before.

Q: What can we expect on your Lunchtime shows?

A. Lunchtime is a real mix of music from the 60’s through to new releases. On a Tuesday I discuss healthy eating topics and on a Wednesday I have a regular feature where I phone up my mother for Mother’s Top Tips. My mother has thousands of handy household tips which she shares with our listeners. I don’t always agree with them which produces a bit of good humoured mother and son banter.

Q: What’s the best bit about being part of the Irvine Beat FM team?

A. It is great to be part of a team doing something for a town that I grew up in. I never ever imagined Irvine would have its own radio station let alone me being a presenter.

Q: What’s your favourite type of music?

A. I love Motown, 70’s and 80’s disco plus female singers such as Beverley Knight and Paloma Faith and of course the great new sound of Betsy, the girl from the Welsh valleys who sounds a bit like Cher.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that we don’t know?

A: Guess most people certainly at Irvine Beat FM know about my 30 plus years as an RAF Pilot but I can run faster than an angry 14 foot alligator. Found this out after trying to move it from our football pitch when I was living in South Carolina!

You can hear Robert every Tuesday and Wednesday between 12 and 3pm.

Weekly Schedule

Monday to Friday

07:00 - The Early Show with David Black

08:00 - The Breakfast Show, 11:00 - The Golden Hour with Hamish MacAskill (Monday), Ian Harris (Tuesday), John Surgenor (Wednesday - Friday)

12:00 - Lunchtime Show with Ben Gilmour (Monday), Robert Somerville (Tuesday & Wednesday), John Laurie (Thursday), Alex Horsburgh (Friday)

15:00 - Drivetime with Stuart Rodgers

18:00 - Ian Harris (Monday), Zac Nisbet (Tuesday), Deborah Laurie (Wednesday), Ian Taylor (Thursday), Alex Horsburgh (Friday)

20:00 - The Kickin’ Country Show with Dawn Jamison (Monday), Jen Imrie (Tuesday), David Gallacher (Wednesday), Steve Hyde (Thursday), Golden Oldies Show (Friday)

22:00: The Album Show with Ronnie McGhie (Monday), Ben Gilmour (Tuesday), Wednesday Night Sessions with Ronnie McGhie (Wednesday), The Rock Show with Ian Martin (Thursday), Friday Night Blues with Hugh Fee (Friday)

Midnight - Beat FM Juke Box


08:00 - Saturday Breakfast Show with Jack Bennie

10:00 - Saturday Midmorning with Laura Mac

12:00 - Lunchtime with Frank Smith

14:00 – David Black

14:30 - Sportsbeat with Adam Todd

18:00 - Club Classics with Andy Rutherford

20:00 – The House Party with David Gallagher

22:00 - Dance Anthems with Tommy Monaghan

Midnight -Beat FM Jukebox


08:00 - Sunday Breakfast Show

10:00 - Sunday midmorning with Norie B

12:00 - The Sunday Talk-In

14:00 - Down Memory Lane with Tommy Truesdale

16:00 - The Irvine Beat FM Ceilidh Show

18:00 - Awesome 80’s with Andy Rutherford

20:00 - John Surgenor

22:00 - Night Time Love with Andi Struthers

Midnight -Beat FM Jukebox