The ears of Scotland’s golf fans are in for a treat with a dedicated new weekly radio show going live on air next week.
The Scottish Golf Radio Show, anchored by Alan Tait, the Director of Golf at Dalmahoy Marriott Hotel & Country Club and popular golf pundit, will be available to listeners in a new podcast format from Tuesday 22 March through to the end of the golfing season.
A CSBS production for Scottish Golf and sponsored by Edinburgh-based Saltire Roofing, the 35-minute show will be available to download every Tuesday lunchtime, bringing golfers across the country a regular diet of the latest news, exclusive interviews, club features and competitions.
The weekly podcast will cover all areas of the game in Scotland, from the club scene to the world’s top professional tour events, featuring news from the nation’s amateur championships to interviews with some of the game’s great characters. Tait will be joined in the studio by a special guest on each show, while the programme will also visit clubs up and down the country to get an insight into some of the great work taking place at a local level.
Martin Dempster, The Scotsman’s golf correspondent, tees off the first show alongside Tait on Tuesday, before former Ryder Cup player turned Sky Sports on-course reporter, Andrew Coltart, and three-time European Tour winner Richie Ramsay appear on the podcast to look ahead to The Masters and the start of the domestic season.
Listeners will have the opportunity to win weekly prizes, with clubs invited to put themselves forward to be featured on the show. The programme will also be in attendance at many of the big events coming up in Scotland this summer, including the Scottish Hydro Challenge, Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s and Ladies Scottish Opens and The Open Championship.
Tait, famously the joint course record-holder at Carnoustie, said: “I’m really looking forward to hosting the Scottish Golf Radio Show and giving golf fans something to tune into on a weekly basis. There are so many great things happening in the game and so much to talk about that we felt there was a huge gap in the market to air a radio show.
“I’m delighted that Scottish Golf and our sponsors Saltire Roofing are investing in the programme and I would encourage all golf fans to download the podcast and listen in.”
Ross Duncan, Scottish Golf’s marketing and commercial director, added: “We knew how popular the Golf Show was previously when it was aired on BBC Scotland and we didn’t want golf fans going without it, so we decided it would be a great platform for us to get involved with.
“With 220,000 club members in Scotland, we know there’s a big audience for golf out there. The podcast will give golfers the opportunity to take their clubhouse debates onto the show and interact with Alan and his guests, while giving exposure to the work in clubs that might not often get the recognition they deserve.”
To subscribe to the Scottish Golf Radio Show and download the first podcast on Tuesday 22 March, visit www.scottishgolf.org or search for the show on iTunes and AudioBoom.
Saltire Roofing’s Managing Director, Steven McIntosh, added: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the Scottish Golf Radio Show and, as a company who have been supporting junior golf for a number of years, we were very keen to ensure that there was a radio show dedicated to grass roots golfers in Scotland. Alan is a hugely popular figure in Scottish golf and he’ll ensure the show attracts a great following.”