|City of license||Aberdeen|
|Broadcast area||North East Scotland|
|Slogan||The Greatest Hits|
|Frequency||1035 kHz, Digital, online|
|First air date||July 27, 1981|
|Audience share||6.3% (September 2013, )|
|Sister stations||Northsound 1|
Northsound 2 is a commercial local radio station serving Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire on 1035 kHz on the medium wave band, online and on digital. Owned and operated by Bauer Radio, Northsound 2 forms part of Bauer's Greatest Hits Network of AM stations in Scotland, carrying networked programming 24 hours a day alongside local news & information and live football commentaries.
Northsound Radio commenced broadcasting at 6am on the 27th of July 1981 from converted studios in an old schoolhouse on Kings Gate, near Anderson Drive in Aberdeen. The station first broadcast from 6am-8pm 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). Northsound 2 is broadcast on 1035MW.
On 3 June 2013, station owners Bauer Radio announced Northsound 2 would axe its remaining local programming with the weekday breakfast show, then presented by John McRuvie, replaced with a networked show hosted by Robin Galloway from Monday 1 July 2013 across Bauer's network of AM stations in Scotland.
Local news & traffic bulletins are retained. The station also opts-out for live Aberdeen F.C. match commentaries on Saturday afternoons as part of the network's weekly sports programme Game On.
A team of five broadcast journalists produce news bulletins every hour, on the hour between 6am and 7pm weekdays, and between 7am and 2pm at weekends. At peak times (breakfast and drive) on weekdays, supplementary news headlines are broadcast on the half hour.
Other bulletins include a nightly business round-up at 6.40pm on weeknights and the Energy Zone weekdays at 8.02am for the North-East's oil & gas and renewables sectors.
Dedicated sports bulletins are broadcast at 7.30am, 8.30am, 1pm and 6pm, alongside reports within the hourly news bulletins.
Traffic and Travel
Traffic and Travel bulletins are broadcast during peak travel times (breakfast and drivetime).
- Galloway goes national at Bauer Scotland, Radio Today, 3 June 2013