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Northsound 1
Northsound 1 logo 2015.png
Broadcast areaAberdeenshire
SloganAll The Biggest Hits
FrequencyFM: 96.9, 97.6, 103.0 MHz
DAB: 11C
First air date27 July 1981
OwnerBauer Radio
Sister stationsNorthsound 2
WebcastNorthsound 1

Northsound 1 is a radio station serving Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland. The station is owned and operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of Bauer's Hits Radio Network and plays contemporary chart music from the 2000s to today, alongside news, sport and travel bulletins.

Local programming is produced and presented from studios in Tullos, Aberdeen. Northsound 1's main 96.9 FM transmitter is located at Durris, near Stonehaven. It also broadcasts on 97.6 FM from the Balgownie transmitter covering north Aberdeen, and on 103.0 FM from Stirling Hill covering the Peterhead area.


Northsound 1 logo used from 2003 to 2015.

Northsound Radio commenced broadcasting at 6 am 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).


Northsound 1's format and character of service [1] states that their locally-made hours must be at least 7 hours a day during daytime weekdays (must include breakfast), and at least 4 hours daytime Saturdays and Sundays. This requirement is adhered to with local programming (produced and broadcast from Northsound's Aberdeen studio) from 6am-10am and 4-7pm on weekdays, 2-6pm on Saturdays and 12-4pm on Sundays.

Outwith these times, all Northsound 1 programming comes from Clyde 1 in Clydebank, Forth 1 in Edinburgh and Hits Radio in Manchester.

The station's local presenters are Jeff Diack and Lauren Mitchell (Northsound 1 Breakfast), Michael Macdermid (Home Run), Chris Thomson (Saturday afternoons) and Stephen Jackson (Sunday afternoons).[2]

News and sport[edit]

Northsound 1 broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am to 7pm on weekdays (except 2pm), 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.

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

Extended sports coverage airs under the Superscoreboard banner on Saturday afternoons and on a magazine programme each Friday evening.

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