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|Broadcast area||West Central Scotland|
|Slogan||Love Music, Love Scotland|
|Format||Chart & classic pop music|
Nation Radio Scotland (formerly XFM Scotland (2014), 96.3 Rock Radio Real XS, Q96 and 96.3QFM) is a Scottish independent local radio station for Renfrewshire, Glasgow and West Central Scotland, owned by Nation Broadcasting.
The station launched in January 2007 as 96.3 Rock Radio, a classic rock station owned by GMG Radio who had bought the licence previously owned by UTV Radio and branded as Q96, a mainstream music station. The station shared news and sport coverage with associated stations Real Radio and Smooth Radio but carried emphasis on Renfrewshire issues to fulfill its licensing requirement, such as lead sport stories from St Mirren.
On 28 July 2011 it was announced that GMG Radio would be rebranding sister station 106.1 Rock Radio as Real Radio XS for its Manchester audience. Around the same time, the managing director announced his departure from the station and entered talks with GMG Radio on buying out the station along with a group of private investors. Two months later, GMG announced the station would not be sold off and would be rebranded as '96.3 Real Radio XS' at the end of October 2011.
Following the sale of GMG Radio to Global Radio, and the resulting sale of several stations to Communicorp to operate mostly under brand licences from Global, more detail about how this would affect Real XS was confirmed.[by whom?] Whilst Capital Scotland would be among the stations taken over by Communicorp, Real XS in Paisley would be retained by Global, alongside 105.2 Smooth Radio and Real Radio Scotland, with Real relaunched as Heart (with all Real stations) and Real XS taking the Xfm affiliation. This would result in XS retaining local programming at key times, but during networked hours taking these shows from Xfm London, as Xfm Manchester already did, rather than taking programmes from Real XS in Manchester, which was sold to Communicorp[when?] and continues as an independent classic rock station.
It was confirmed in March 2014 that the relaunch would take place on 7 April. At other times, the station simulcast Xfm London output.
XFM Scotland ceased transmission on 96.3 FM at around 6:20pm on Sunday 13 September 2015, after Global Radio decided to hand the licence back to Ofcom, ahead of XFM's relaunch as Radio X. The licence was readvertised for Glasgow and The West of Scotland, with Rockscot Ltd. being the successful applicant. Online test transmissions commenced on Monday 2 October 2017. On 13 March 2018, Rock Radio Ltd was sold to Nation Broadcasting, leading to the departure of the Rockscot management.
It was later confirmed that the station would launch as 'Nation Radio Scotland' in the autumn of 2018. The station will share branding with Nation's regional station in South Wales but is not permitted to share any programming. Test transmissions for 96.3FM began on 30 August, with an official launch on Monday 3 September.
- "GMG swap Rock Radio brand for Real XS"
- "Rock Radio Glasgow to rebrand as Real XS", Radio Today, 27 September 2011
- "Date set for the return of Xfm Scotland", RadioToday 24 March 2014
- "Rock Radio to return to Glasgow and Scotland". RadioToday. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
- Nation Broadcasting buys Rock Radio Scotland, RadioToday, 14 March 2018
- Nation Radio to launch in Glasgow on 96.3 FM, Radio Today, 15 March 2018