Monday May 22, 2006.

By David Knox

"USA will tune into Tweeddale"


PEEBLESHIRE is going prime-time in downtown New York next weekend.

Famous US radio presenter Stephanie Abrams will broadcast live to the East Coast of America from Cringletie House.

And around six million listeners will tune in to hear all about vacations in and around Peebles.

But the cross-Atlantic broadcast goes on air at midnight, our time, and will transmit until 2am.

Johanna Van Houdt, co-owner of the historic Cringletie House Hotel, told the Peeblesshire News: “It will be a late night for us all, but with the time difference we have to start at midnight.

“The show will give us the chance to tell America all about Cringletie, Peebles and the rest of the Scottish Borders.

“Americans all know about Scotland, but they only think of the Highlands – it will be good to let them know what we have to offer as well.”

Stephanie Abrams has a mass following in her home country.

And her weekly two-hour shows attract around four million listeners in cities such as Philadelphia, Washington and Boston for the Sunday evening show – with a further two million listening to the following Saturday's re-run.

The broadcasts are also streamed online with a growing listener base in other parts of the States.

Several guests have already been lined for the Tweeddale travelogue – amongst them are Peebles storytellers, John and Noreen Hamilton.

John told us: “We have been telling stories professionally for seven or eight years, but this will be by far our biggest audience.

“I fully intend to use traditional Scots language, although I will explain what the words mean as I go.”

The Hamiltons have also been given historic documents about Cringletie, and supplied with details of the hotel's haunted heritage to help with their terrifying tales for the witching hour wireless.

Local tourist board representatives will also guest on the broadcast.

The Travel with Stephanie Abrams show from the Scottish Borders will go live between 7pm and 9pm in the USA on Sunday, May 28.


Stephanie B. Abrams