Reporter Lee takes a turn at the microphone

Daver Heron and Lee McCann
Daver Heron and Lee McCann

Mearns Fm DJ Dave Heron set a new personal best when he hosted a 24-hour radio show on Tuesday of this week.

The DJ, who has travelled the world with his radio shows, beat his own 18-hour broadcast at the community radio station in Stonehaven Town Hall.

Dave was appealing to local businesses to sponsor the 24-hour show to help raise fund for Mearns FM who have been struggling to pay their fees.

Dave started his show at 11am on Tuesday and finished at 11am yesterday (Wednesday).

It was decided two weeks ago that the station would hold a 24-hour show to raise funds and opening up the premises to members of the public to stop by, see the studio and have a talk with Dave.

Speaking to the Leader before his show, Dave mentioned how his busy schedule would see him fly out to Sweden almost straight after his 24 hour show.

He said: “The feeling is I am going to be tired after I have done the 24-hour show as I am flying out to Sweden to do a four-day gig.”

“Members of the public can help us by calling in at the studio and making a donation, They can also go onto our website, where they will be able to get our details on how to make a donation online.”

Dave has been at Mearns FM for over two years now and hosts the drive time show, among others, including the Sound of the Seventies show and hugely popular Marc Bolan radio show.

The Official Marc Bolan Radio Show is broadcast every Tuesday on Mearns FM between 7 and 9pm.

The show has managed to gather an international appeal with listeners in many countries around the world Including Spain, Italy, Sweden, Germany, France, Dubai, USA & Canada.

Mearns FM is a community station and registered charity.

During the Bay City Rollers special on the broadcast listeners were treated to a surprise when one of the original band members and lead singer, Les McKeown, joined them for a chat on the phone.

Dave was joined in the studio by Val who came all the way from Manchester for the Bay City Rollers special.

Speaking to Leader reporter Lee McCann during his broadcast, Dave - pictured with Lee - said: ‘‘I have been really tired today because I have had a sore shoulder but I seem to have wakened up a bit - ask me in another eight hours though.

“They are listening in all four corners of the world today, e-mailing the studio and talking to us on facebook. We have had people in Cyprus, Sweden, Germany, Spain and Chicago getting in touch with us today.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their support and the donations, including Edwards Bar in Inverurie and the Cloverfield Hotel in Aberdeen for sponsoring the 24 hour broadcast.”

Dave even interviewed Lee live on Mearns FM and put him on the spot with some of his musical tastes.

Lee added: “It will have been really tough for Dave to have kept going throughout the whole day.

“I am sure there will have been times when he wanted to give up but it is fantastic that he managed to beat his own record at the station.

“I admire what he is doing, and a little known fact about me is I actually started at Mearns FM doing my university placement there. Myself and two others had our own radio show that we called the ‘News-ic’ hour.

“It was great to come back into the studio and speak to Dave about the broadcast.

“I won’t lie but it was slightly weird being the other side of the interview. Dave is a pro and you can tell when he can wing a live broadcast interview.

“I would ask the community to help out Mearns FM any way they can, this isn’t a big time radio station and it survives with the help of the community.

‘‘They are a non-profit organisation and there to inform and entertain the people of the Mearns as well as playing an active part in the local community and providing training opportunities.

‘‘Log onto www.mearnsfm.org.uk’’