|City of license||Aberdeen|
|Broadcast area||North East Scotland|
|Slogan||The Greatest Hits for North East Scotland|
|Frequency||MW: 1035 kHz
|First air date||27 July 1981|
|Audience share||3.5% (December 2013, RAJAR)|
|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 City 2 network of AM stations in Scotland and northern England, carrying networked programming 24 hours a day alongside local news & information and live football commentaries.
Northsound Radio commenced broadcasting at 6am on 27 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. The station became part of the Bauer City 2 network upon its launch on Monday 5 January 2015.
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 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.
Dedicated sports bulletins are broadcast at 7.30am, 8.30am, 1pm and 6pm, alongside reports within the hourly bulletins. Traffic and Travel updates are broadcast during peak travel times (breakfast and drivetime).
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.
Head of News and Sport
- Galloway goes national at Bauer Scotland, Radio Today, 3 June 2013