ABOUT THE SHOW
IN THE MEDIA
Simply Scottish has been profiled by a number of publications, including the Daily Record's Scotland Now, Caledonian Mercury, Scottish Times, Celtic Life International, and more.
Simply Scottish began amidst the palm trees and sunshine of south Texas! In 1999, almost a decade after moving to Texas from Scotland's capital city, Scottish father and son duo Andrew McDiarmid Jr. and Sr. filled a gap in programming at their local National Public Radio affiliate station. Every Wednesday night, the two Andrews would host a live one-hour show featuring Scottish culture and history with an eclectic mix of Scottish music, old and new. From these humble beginnings, the show spread across radio airwaves in Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Ontario, Canada, as well as the internet. Listeners enjoyed the father and son camaradarie, the family-friendly feel of the show, and the mix of informative talk and entertaining music.
In 2001, the McDiarmids left the Rio Grande Valley for Seattle, Washington. After finishing college and starting a family, Andrew Jr. launched Simply Scottish again as a podcast, harnessing the power of 21st century technology to reach more listeners than ever before. Today, the show continues from strength to strength, run as a labor of love by Andrew from his base in Seattle. The show remains popular in iTunes and Podomatic, where it consistently ranks among the top podcasts. Simply Scottish is syndicated 6 days a week on the Celtic Radio Network and airs every Sunday on WROCK Radio Network. It's also available 24/7 right here on www.SimplyScottish.com!
Andrew McDiarmid was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1990, he immigrated to the US with his family, living a decade in south Texas before moving to the Seattle area. He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and an undergraduate degree in English: Creative Writing. A media relations specialist by day, Andrew is also a freelance writer and has written regularly for The Scots Magazine, History Scotland, Scottish Memories, and other publications.