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About US



Midlothian Community Media Association (MCMA), the charity that runs Black Diamond FM, was granted a Community Radio licence by Ofcom in 2007. Black Diamond FM has served the local area of Midlothian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have a range of programmes from our regular community focused daytime output to some of the best specialist music programmes (in our opinion) you will find on Scottish radio. Our music ranges from rap to reggae, classical to country, while supporting some of the freshest talented local singers, songwriters and bands.

The entire station is managed and staffed entirely by a dedicated team of volunteers, who go out of their way to create programmes and content for Midlothian.


Midlothian Community Media Association is the not for profit charity (SC036762) that operates Black Diamond FM.

Founded in 2006 by a small steering group made up of enthusiastic members of the local community. It aims to advance education, promote social inclusion, and work with the community and voluntary sectors.


To advance the education of the public and in particular in the skills required for radio broadcasting and media communication. In pursuance of those aims (but not otherwise) the company shall have the following powers:

check To establish and operate socially inclusive educational and training facilities and services centred on community media, which may include encouraging the participation of socially excluded groups such as young people and. those who are unemployed, in common with others from the community, in community media skills to deliver public benefit.

check To promote social inclusion by gathering and disseminating information of an educational nature of value to the diverse sections of the Midlothian community.

check To establish and operate an accredited training centre which will provide wide ranging socially inclusive course and workplace opportunities that will encourage personal development and the acquisition of life skills.

check To work with the community and voluntary sectors to promote and communicate their activities within the wider community including peer education projects.

check To advise in relation to, prepare, organise, support (whether financially or otherwise) and/or conduct, conferences, workshops, information/awareness raising sessions, and educational and training events/courses and to commission and/or conduct research, and to publish and promote the results of such research.

check To provide information, advisory, support and/or consultancy services which further the charitable aims of the company by putting back any surpluse generated into achieving said aims.

check To liaise with local authorities, Scottish, UK and European authorities and agencies, local enterprise companies, educational establishments, charitable or community-benefit bodies and others, all with a view to furthering the socially inclusive aims of the company.



Brian Dempster

From splitting and cutting cassette tapes in his teenage years, so he could make mixes of High Energy music for his friends. Brian Dempster has been involved in the dance scene for over 30 years.


Russell Aitken

Russell has actively taken part in sports to reporting regularly and commentating on many. He has built up a Sports team of reporters to support the programmes, who make it interesting, different and exciting.


Graham Allen

Graham began DJing round 1999 by quickly teaching himself the art of mixing. Before too long, he managed to nail down a residency in a large venue in Edinburgh, which left him with some incredible memories.


Paul Nisbet

A deep passion for all things Trance and Techno, Paul Nisbet started dj-ing in his late teens, practising relentlessly in his bedroom, dj-ing in miners clubs across Midlothian before graduating to night clubs across Scotland and beyond.


Louise Sullivan

Louise graduated from our training programme in 2016. She now presents the 'Wednesday Lunch' show, a programme jam packed with interviews, 80's & 90's music, love songs and community events.


Bob Miller

A chance meeting with the late John Ritchie, then Chairman of Black Diamond FM, at an event resulted in Bob's involvement with community radio.


Bruno J

Bruno originally hails from Wisconsin in the USA. After living multiple places around the world, including England for a while, he finally made Scotland his permanent home some years ago and is loving it.