Bauer City 2

Bauer City 2
Broadcast area Scotland and northern England
Slogan The Greatest Hits for...
Frequency MW: 828 – 1584 kHz
FM: 96.5 - 105.9 MHz
First air date 5 January 2015
Format Oldies and specialist music
Language(s) English
Owner Bauer Radio
Sister stations Bauer City 1
Bauer City 3

Bauer City 2 is a network of 15 local radio stations in Scotland and northern England, owned and operated by Bauer Radio.

The stations, which carry separate localised branding, air a mainly networked schedule of classic hits music, alongside local news and travel, specialist music programming and a weekly current affairs phone-in on Sunday mornings. The network launched on Monday 5 January 2015.[1]


The stations which form the Bauer City 2 network are predominantly AM sister stations of the corresponding Bauer City 1 station. Many were originally set up as a 'Gold' counterpart (e.g. Radio City Gold in Liverpool) when stations were told by the Radio Authority to stop simulcasting on both FM and AM in the late 1980s. The exception to this is the FM station West Sound (Dumfries and Galloway).

In Northern England, the stations were latterly rebranded as Magic - a station brand first used by Radio Aire upon the launch of their AM station in July 1990. The stations gradually began to network most of their schedule - by March 2013, the only local content consisted of three regional breakfast shows on weekdays, serving the North West, the North East and Yorkshire.[2]

In Scotland, local programming on AM stations was largely retained until networking outside of weekday breakfast and specialist shows was introduced in June 2009. In July 2013, the remaining local output was axed, leading to a fully networked schedule known as The Greatest Hits Network.[3]

In September 2014, Bauer Radio announced it would rebrand the Magic stations under localised identities, based on the main FM station names (e.g. Magic 1152 in Manchester becomes Key 2, based on Key 103).[4] Magic's AM network closed with the London equivalent, Magic 105.4 FM, being launched nationwide on DAB.

The schedules for the stations were announced in December 2014. The two previous networks serving Scotland (The Greatest Hits Network) and northern England (Magic AM) were replaced by one carrying programming from both Scotland and England over all stations. The relaunch took place on Monday 5 January 2015.

On 7 December 2015, Radio City 2 in Liverpool swapped frequencies with sister station Radio City Talk on 105.9 FM and reintroduced local programming at peak times.[5]


Programming and presenters

The majority of programming is broadcast among all Bauer City 2 stations in Scotland and Northern England, although there are separate shows for the two countries during daytimes from 6am - 7pm.[6]

Most programming originates from the studios of Key 2 in Castlefield and Clyde 2 in Glasgow. Some other output is broadcast from Metro 2 Radio in Newcastle, Forth 2 in Edinburgh, Tay 2 in Dundee and Bauer's headquarters at Golden Square, Soho.

Northern England

  • Sean Goldsmith (Weekday breakfast)
  • Darren Procter (Mid Mornings)
  • Paul Hayes (Weekday Home Run)
  • Tom Davies (Weekend Breakfast)
  • Andy Crane (Saturday Mid Mornings)
  • Ivan D'sa (Saturday Afternoons)
  • Steve Jordan (Sunday Mid Mornings)
  • Tony Shephard (Sunday afternoons)


  • Alan Edwards (Weekday breakfast, Saturday Mid Mornings)
  • Ally Ballingall (Weekday Mid Mornings, Scotland's Talk In)
  • Paul Carlin (Weekday Request show 2-3pm, Sunday Afternoons)
  • Gina McKie (Weekday Home Run)
  • John Collins (Saturday Breakfast)
  • Gavin Pearson (Game On)
  • Mike Riddoch (Sunday Breakfast)

Networked presenters


  • Darren Kelly (Sunday - Thursday Nights)
  • Louis Chadwick ( Friday nights)
  • Steve Jordan (Weekday evenings)
  • Sara Hughes ( Weekday overnights)


  • Tony Blackburn (Sunday afternoons)
  • Sean Goldsmith (Saturday evenings )
  • Keith Martin (The Soul Show: Saturday nights)
  • John Collins (The Country Show: Sunday evenings)
  • Paula Whitelock (Weekend overnights)

Local opt-outs

All stations in the network carry their own local news and traffic bulletins every hour from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and from 9am to 1pm at weekends.

The two FM stations in the network - West Sound in Dumfries & Galloway and Radio City 2 in Liverpool - air their own local programming with networked output carried at off-peak times.


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