|Slogan||The Greatest Hits for Tayside and Fife|
1161 kHz (Dundee)
1584 kHz (Perth)
|First air date||9 January 1995|
|Format||Adult contemporary and classics|
|Audience share||12.0% (December 2013, RAJAR)|
Tay 2 is an Independent Local Radio station commercial local radio station serving Dundee, Perth and the general Tayside area in Scotland. The station provides adult contemporary music and classic hits, with chat, competitions, local, national and international news and sport including local weather.
Radio Tay commenced broadcasting on 17 October 1980 in Dundee and 14 November 1980 in Perth from the studios it still broadcasts from today at 6 North Isla Street in Dundee, near the city's Tannadice & Dens Park football stadia. The original schedule only broadcast from 6am-8pm daily.
On 9 January 1995 the station split its services/frequencies to become Tay AM and Tay FM. Both stations now also broadcast on DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting – i.e. Digital Radio) and over the internet via their respective websites.
Tay 2 broadcasts on 1161 AM in Dundee and 1584 AM in Perth, and is more golden oldie than its sister station Tay FM, playing more classic hits from the past few decades, along with some of the more easy listening of modern-day offerings.
A new programming schedule was launched on 15 June 2009 which introduced some networked programming across Bauer's AM network. Tay AM retained its locally produced and presented breakfast and specialist evening shows (Tay AM was the only station to opt out of the network in the evenings, so they could continue to broadcast their heritage specialist shows), some weekend output, and Ally Ballingall's weekday mid-morning show, which was broadcast across Scotland from Radio Tay's Dundee studios. Outwith these times, programming was simulcast from other stations in the Scottish AM network.
On 3 June 2013, station owners Bauer Radio announced Tay AM would axe its remaining local programming with the weekday breakfast show replaced with a networked show hosted by Robin Galloway from Monday 1 July 2013 across Bauer's network of AM stations in Scotland. Local news & traffic bulletins are retained with some networked programming broadcast from Tay AM's Dundee studios - other programming is broadcast from studios in Clydebank and Aberdeen. Tay AM also broadcasts live and local football commentaries on Saturday afternoons as part of the network's sports programme Game On!.
On 5 January 2015, Tay AM was renamed Tay 2 and became part of the Bauer City 2 network in Scotland and northern England.
The majority of Tay 2's programming is taken from the Bauer City 2 network, although there are separate Scottish shows at peak times, including weekday breakfast and drive time. The only local programming on the station is live football commentaries on Saturday afternoons, airing under the Game On banner.
Tay 2 produces some of the network's output, while other programming originates from Clyde 2 in Clydebank, Key 2 in Manchester, Forth 2 in Edinburgh, Metro Radio 2 in Newcastle, and Bauer's headquarters at Golden Square, Soho.
Tay 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 and traffic bulletins.