BUDDING podcast talent in Stirling can hire a community-run studio to create professional sounding shows.

Stirling City Radio is looking to help hone the talent and skills of people at affordable prices, or free to members of Stirling Community Media.

The radio station's studio, based at the Made in Stirling building on King Street, has re-opened for live shows and is looking to widen its remit to offer podcasters space.

James Russell, station manager, said: “Stirling City Radio was set up by the community for the community so we are delighted to be able to open our doors and offer this service to people who are passionate about podcasting and broadcast.

"We are really enthusiastic about helping hone the talents and skills of local people so it's fantastic to see the space open once again for the community to use to gain experience and develop their expertise.

“We have two custom built studio using radio industry standard equipment so making professional output broadcasting and pro podcasts facilities and training is on offer to everyone wishing to get there ideas to air.”

Some of the first to benefit from the initiative have been presenters Nory Hope and Niall McOwan from The Scottish Tour Guide Podcast.

Nory is a tour guide on Heartland Travel Tours of Scotland and Niall runs Scottish Guided Tours.

The duo decided to use their travel expertise to share their love and passion of Scotland with the world.

Nory said: “When we initially had the idea for the podcast we were going to create it on our phones but when we found out about being able to hire the Stirling City Radio studio we were really excited about it.

“The technology and equipment in the studio makes it sound really professional and gives it a really clear rich sound.

“We were given support and training on how to use the equipment and James the station manager has been brilliant with us and has been on hand for any questions and guidance throughout.

“It is great to have this resource for the community.”

The studio costs just £10 per hour to hire and is free for members of Stirling Community Media.

Those interested can email studio@stirlingcityradio.com for more information.