BBC Radio Orkney

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BBC Radio Orkney
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City Kirkwall
Broadcast area Orkney
Frequency 93.7 MHz
First air date May 1977
Format News, Music, Sport, Talk
Transmitter coordinates 58°58′31″N 3°05′03″W / 58.9753°N 3.0842°W / 58.9753; -3.0842Coordinates: 58°58′31″N 3°05′03″W / 58.9753°N 3.0842°W / 58.9753; -3.0842
Owner BBC,
BBC Scotland
Website BBC Radio Orkney

BBC Radio Orkney is a local opt-out of BBC Radio Scotland for the Orkney Islands, which is based in Castle Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, in Scotland.[1]

Depending on the time of year, there are either two or three broadcasts per day on weekdays on the BBC Radio Scotland frequency: the flagship breakfast programme Around Orkney, a short lunchtime news at 12:54pm featuring local news & weather for Orkney & Shetland, and Radio Orkney's Evening Programme.


Around Orkney[edit]

Around Orkney is a news programme broadcast weekday mornings from 7:30 to 8:00am (opting out from BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland), featuring local news, weather, travel, sport, daily diary, job opportunities and mart reports.[1] Every Wednesday there is a 'Postbag' section featuring letters sent in by listeners. Radio Orkney produced their first ever outside broadcasts in the summer of 2007, from the County Show and the Parish Cup Final.[2]

Radio Orkney's Evening Programme[edit]

Radio Orkney's Evening Programme (often referred to as just the evening programme) is a programme broadcast from 6:10 to 7:00pm from Monday - Thursday between the months of October and May.[1] There are various programmes on the evening schedule - including the regular Monday night Bruck programme (swaps and appeals),[3] a folk music programme (Tuesday Folk)[4]), a country music programme (On The Border[5]), Whassigo (described as "an Orcadian Call My Bluff"),[6] Classic Concert (Archive local recordings) and the annual Ba Quiz.

Friday Requests[edit]

Friday Requests is broadcast on a Friday evening throughout the year. The programme is identical in structure to the above-mentioned Radio Orkney programme except that it plays music which residents of Orkney have requested through the week via phoning a request line, which is usually dedicated to somebody.[7]


Celtic rock band Wolfstone wrote a signature tune for BBC Radio Orkney. However, it was ultimately unused and appeared on their second album The Chase (1992) as its first track, "Tinnie Run".[8]


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