|Broadcast area||North East Scotland|
|Slogan||The Greatest Hits|
|First air date||27 July 1981|
|Sister stations||Northsound 1|
Northsound 2 is a commercial radio station broadcasting to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire on DAB digital and online. Owned and operated by Bauer Radio, Northsound 2 forms part of Bauer's City 2 network of classic hit music stations in Scotland and northern England, carrying networked programmes originating mainly from Glasgow and Manchester 24 hours a day, featuring local news and traffic bulletins.
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. Originally, the station was broadcast from 6 am to 8 pm each day on 1035 kHz (290 metres) and 96.9 FM (VHF). 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).
On 3 June 2013, station owners Bauer Radio announced that Northsound 2 would axe its one remaining local programme, the weekday breakfast show which was presented by John McRuvie, and replace it with a networked show hosted by Robin Galloway from Monday 1 July 2013 across all of 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.
On Tuesday 3 April 2018, Northsound 2 ceased broadcasting on 1035 AM and became a digital-only station on DAB and online. It is the first commercial radio station in Scotland - and the first of Bauer's local stations - to cease analogue broadcasting in favour of a digital switchover.
The majority of Northsound 2's programming is taken from the Bauer City 2 network, although there are separate Scottish networked shows at peak times, including weekday breakfast and drive time. Outwith news, there is no longer any programming material that originates from Aberdeen.
Northsound 2 broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am to 7pm on weekdays, from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays and from 9am to 12pm on Sundays. Headlines are broadcast on the half-hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside sport, traffic and business bulletins.
- Galloway goes national at Bauer Scotland, Radio Today, 3 June 2013
- Northsound 2 to make the switch to digital this week, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, 3 April 2018
- Radio station Northsound to switch off analogue service, BBC News, 9 March 2018
- Northsound 2 to switch off AM radio service, Radio Today, 8 March 2018
- Schedule released for Bauer City 2 stations, RadioToday, 19 December 2014