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|City of license||Aberdeen|
|Slogan||Your Music, Your Life|
|Frequency||96.9 MHz, 97.6 MHz, 103.0 MHz, Digital, Online|
|First air date||July 27, 1981|
|Audience share||20% (December 2013, )|
|Sister stations||Northsound 2|
Northsound 1 is a radio station serving Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland. The station is owned and operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of Bauer's Place Network of stations and plays contemporary music from the 1980s to today, alongside news, sport and travel bulletins. Daytime and weekend evening programming is produced and presented from studios in Tullos, Aberdeen. Northsound 1's main 96.9 FM transmitter is located at Durris, near Stonehaven. It also broadcasts on 97.6 FM from the Balgownie transmitter covering north Aberdeen, and on 103.0 FM from Stirling Hill covering the Peterhead area.
Since 15 September 2008, Northsound 1 and all other Bauer-owned FM stations in Scotland air live networked programmes on weekday evenings, weekend late nights and overnight from Clyde 1 in Glasgow, and a Saturday mid-morning show from Forth 1 in Edinburgh.
Northsound Radio commenced broadcasting at 6 am on 27 July 1981 from converted studios in an old schoolhouse on Kings Gate, near Anderson Drive in Aberdeen. Originally, the station broadcast from 6 am to 8 pm each day. In 1995, the station split its services to become Northsound 1 and Northsound 2. Both stations now also broadcast online, on smartphone applications and DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting – i.e. Digital Radio).
News and Sport
A team of three broadcast journalists are based in Aberdeen. Local bulletins are aired on the hour, between 6am & 7pm on weekdays and between 7am & 2pm at weekends. Bulletins between 6am and 10am are produced and broadcast from Aberdeen. Outside breakfast, bulletins are broadcast from a national newsroom at Radio Clyde in Clydebank and produced in conjunction with Northsound's news team in Aberdeen. A late night bulletin is broadcast at 10pm every night from Sky News Radio. At peak times (breakfast and drive), supplementary news headlines are broadcast on the half hour.
Dedicated sports bulletins are broadcast at 8.30am, 12.30pm and 5.30pm from Aberdeen, alongside reports within the hourly news bulletins and a scores & results service during Saturday afternoons. A sports magazine programme Friday Sport broadcasts every Friday showcasing local and national sports news and teams, fixtures and results hosted by John Mellis, Dave Galloway and Dave MacDermid.
Other bulletins include a nightly Northsound Business update at 6pm on weeknights and Northsound Energy weekdays at 7.30am for the North-East's oil & gas and renewables sectors, in addition to the Energy Week podcast available online.
Traffic and travel bulletins are broadcast during peak travel times (breakfast and drivetime), accompanied by 'Jambuster' reports when there is major congestion at any time.