Radio Borders

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Radio Borders
Radio Borders logo 2015.png
Broadcast areaScottish Borders and North Northumberland
Slogan“The Biggest Hits, The Biggest Throwbacks”
FrequencyFM: 96.8, 102.3, 103.1, 103.4 MHz
First air date22 January 1990 (1990-01-22)
FormatHot AC
OwnerBauer Radio
WebcastRadio Borders
WebsiteRadio Borders

Radio Borders is a radio station broadcasting to the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland[1] from studios in Tweedbank, just outside Galashiels. The station can be heard across much of the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland and can be heard as far north as Gorebridge in Midlothian and as far south as Langholm and Canonbie in Dumfries & Galloway.

The station is owned & operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of Bauer's Hits Radio network of local FM stations, although the music played by Radio Borders (together with Moray Firth Radio in Inverness and CFM Radio in Carlisle) differs slightly to the rest of the Hits Radio network.

Radio Borders regularly broadcasts local news, weather, and traffic information as well as sports coverage at weekends. Its music format consists mostly of music from the charts of today with the occasional older song from as far back as the 1980s. The station holds some of the highest listening figures (linked to the population) amongst all UK local radio stations.

Radio Borders logo used from 1998 to 2015.


Local programming is produced and broadcast from Radio Borders' Tweedbank studios from 6am-2pm and 4-7pm on weekdays, 2-6pm on Saturdays and 12-4pm on Sundays.

Radio Borders also airs networked programming from Clyde 1 in Clydebank, Forth 1 in Edinburgh and Hits Radio in Manchester.

The station's local presenters are Keith Clarkson (weekday breakfast/ Saturday afternoons), Ruairidh Tait (weekday mornings / Sunday afternoons) and Iain Waugh (Home Run).[2]

News and sport[edit]

Radio Borders broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Headlines are broadcast on the half-hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, including sports reports. Traffic bulletins are presenter led and broadcast at 20 and 40 minutes past the hour between 6am and 9am as well as between 4pm and 7pm.

Local news bulletins are produced in conjunction with Radio Forth's newsroom in Edinburgh and Metro Radio's newsroom in Newcastle.

National bulletins from Sky News Radio are carried overnight with bespoke networked Scottish bulletins at weekends, produced from Radio Clyde's newsroom in Clydebank.

Extended sports coverage, including live rugby union commentary, airs under the Superscoreboard banner on Saturday afternoons.


  1. ^ Franklin, Bob (2006). Local Journalism and Local Media: Making the Local News. Routledge.
  2. ^ Radio Borders - Presenters

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