RNA was founded by Malcolm Finlayson and Ian Clark at Stracathro Hospital in March 1977 and commenced broadcasting on 9 January 1979. Both founders had been involved in hospital broadcasting since 1969, and identified a need for hospital broadcasting in Angus.
Being officially opened by Lord Dalhousie, the then Lord Lieutenant of the County of Angus, the station operated every evening with programming of specialist music between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, followed by record requests between 7.30pm and 9.55pm, supplemented by religious messages between 9.55pm and 10.00pm presented by interdenominational clergy.
RNA would like to thank the following for their support:
Martin Hobson, ETech
Ronan O’Rahilly, Radio Caroline
Tommy TV Shields, Offshore Radio Scotland