Able Radio Broadcasts to Scotland


A young disabled man from Barrhead is ensuring that Scotland has a voice on the only UK based radio station for disabled people.

Michael McEwan ,27, from Barrhead is the spokesperson for Scottish disability issues on Able Radio. He now invites more people to contact him with events and information acting as a filter and forum for disabled people. He rebroadcasts this on a regular basis across the UK.

Able Radio was founded in 2006 by a group of volunteers passionate about improving the everyday lives of disabled people. The enterprise grew rapidly through demand and now plays a pivotal role within the disabled community.

Programme controller Malcolm Cann has worked with Michael developing the link with Scotland; “ I’m delighted that we now receive regular news and views from all parts of the UK”.” As a community of interest radio station we highlight events, achievements, accessibility and opportunities” said Malcolm.

Beyond on-air broadcasts Able Radio engages with numerous organisations and individuals across the UK via training, outside broadcasts and remote satellite centres. Funding from The Big Lottery has assisted in this rapid development with the introduction of a small professional management team to drive operations and future expansion. Underpinning all activities are a team of dedicated volunteers, most living with a disability themselves.

General Manager, Rob Symons has been involved since concept; “ Able Radio has enabled many people to gain a media opportunity, raising both their self esteem and skills base”.
Through listener interaction the station is now less about specific medical conditions and more about acceptance and moving forward in all areas of life.

Able Radio seeks to entertain and inform, with a diverse music policy and talented team of on-air talent. The Able Radio “family” of listeners and contributors has expanded to include carers, family members and friends, social and health care professionals as well as all who seeks a lively mix of music and chat.

Michael McEwan can be contacted at and can be hear him on