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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 on the Celtic Radio Network and recently aired regularly on CairnsFM 89.1 in Queensland, Australia. It's also available 24/7 right here at!


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 has written about Scotland in the pages of The Scots Magazine, History Scotland Magazine, Scotland Magazine, Scottish Memories, The Scottish Banner, and Yahoo. In addition to Simply Scottish, he writes and podcasts on technology and education as a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute. See more of his work at

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