|Slogan||Your Music, Your Life|
FM: 96.9, 97.6, 103.0 MHz|
|First air date||27 July 1981|
|Audience share||16.2% (October 2015, RAJAR)|
|Sister stations||Northsound 2|
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 City 1 network of stations and plays contemporary music from the 1980s 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 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 broadcast from 6 am to 8 pm each day. 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).
Local programming is produced and broadcast from Northsound's Aberdeen studios from 6am-2pm and 3-7pm on weekdays, 2-6pm on Saturdays and 12-4pm on Sundays.
Northsound 1 also airs networked programming from Clyde 1 in Clydebank, Forth 1 in Edinburgh, Key 103 in Manchester and Metro Radio in Newcastle. The Vodafone Big Top 40 is produced by Global Radio at its Capital studios in London for broadcast on 145 commercial radio stations in the UK.
News and sport
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.
Extended sports coverage airs under the Superscoreboard banner on Saturday afternoons and on a magazine programme each Friday evening.