040: The Radio Station


There is a special radio station transmitting in the Glasgow region that delivers unusual “weather” reports. It is relatively unknown due to its limited coverage area (it’s difficult to pick up transmissions north of the River Clyde – some have speculated that the station transmits from somewhere in Govan), and the fact that either people unknowingly cite the wrong frequencies to tune into the station, or else the frequencies change over time – most suggest the station transmits at 99.3MHz, but some have claimed to have success picking up the station at 106.3 and 90.1 on certain broadcasts.

The radio station is manned by Gordon Hamilton, also known as “Gordo” or “The Voice of Other Glasgows”: he’s an amiable, well-spoken and intelligent host, someone who you would appreciate having a pint down the local with. He transmits at 2 a.m almost every morning – if he misses a broadcast, a horrific and unsettling excuse is usually given the following morning. His show tends to last between one and two hours, depending on how much material he has to cover. The show consists of a “weather” report and news in and around Glasgow, and sometimes, during times of great strife or unusual events in the city, Gordo allows listeners to call in on-air, providing a (presumably temporary or disposable) phone number to call.

The “weather” report includes facts on mundane weather patterns, temperatures and the like throughout Glasgow for the following few days – however, his report also includes a number of phenomena not typically reported in weather updates. He gives information on where and when the next Roar will be heard, umbric cover warnings for the days when the shadows of the city grow more dark and abyssal, locations of potential “splinters” occuring throughout the city where hauntings may be manifest, prominent dates or hours for cyclical monthly or yearly phenomena, the overall thanatotic stress of the surrounding regions, estimated from how many have died in the city over the past few days, and, on certain abysmal, rainy days, delivered between sobs, prayers, and pleas for people to find a safe place to hide – he reports that They have made appearances within the city limits. The latter reports tend to last only a few minutes before the broadcast disappears in a burst of static and the station goes off-air for a number of days.

His news reports tend also to include matters that only a small number of Glasgow’s residents would be interested in or made aware of; for example, his most recent broadcasts covered the robbery at the Hidden Exhibition, warnings sent out to people named in police radio broadcasts as being persons of interest in suspicious cases, the reappearance of the brass candle, and the evisceration of John-Paul McGuigan, which went entirely unreported by the Strathclyde Police.

For all that Gordo’s broadcasts are almost daily, nobody seems to have identified exactly where The Voice of Other Glasgows is transmitted from – hearsay claims that it is located in Govan, but there is little to no reason as to why this is, other than the signal for the station being clearer south of the River Clyde; nor has anyone come forward to claim that they’ve met Gordo. Some have suggested, in accordance with the station’s name and Gordo’s nickname, that Gordo doesn’t live in Glasgow at all — not in this version of Glasgow, anyway.

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