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1161 kHz (Dundee)
1584 kHz (Perth)
|Format||Adult contemporary and classics|
First air date
|9 January 1995|
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 with Gerry Quinn presenting the first show 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 6.0 Gerry Quinn 9.0 Graham Stuart 12.0 Tony Donald 2.0 Norma Gamble 4.0 Kenny Page 7.0 til 8pm Specialist Music Shows. The station only broadcast from 6am-8pm daily in the early years
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. Gary Robinson Presented the Tay Fm Breakfast Show and Grant Reid on Radio Tay AM Breakfast along with Original presenters from 1980 rejoining the station Norma Gamble hosting Afternoons on Radio Tay AM and Kenny Page on Tay FM Drivetime along with another original presenter from 1980 Tony Donald presenting The weekend Goldmine now using the name Tony O'Donnell.
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 were retained with some networked programming broadcast from Tay AM's Dundee studios.
On 5 January 2015, Tay AM was renamed Tay 2 and became part of the Greatest Hits Radio network in Scotland and Northern England.
Most of Tay 2's programming is carried from Greatest Hits Radio's network of locally branded Scottish stations with some off-peak output also carried from GHR's sister network in England.
Stuart Webster occasionally presents the Home Run and the evening show for the Scottish network. Most of the output originates from the studios of Clyde 2 in Clydebank, Forth 2 in Edinburgh and from Greatest Hits Radio's Birmingham, Nottingham, London and Manchester studios. Occasional programming is produced and broadcast from MFR 2 in Inverness, Northsound 2 in Aberdeen and West Sound in Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway
Monday-Thursday 0100-0600: Alex Lester 0600-1000: Ewen & Cat at Breakfast 1000-1400: Fraser Thomson 1400-1500: Music Mix 1500-1900: Micky Gavin 1900-2200: Alan Edwards 2200-0100: Andy Crane
Friday 0100-0600: Alex Lester 0600-1000: Ewen & Cat at Breakfast 1000-1400: Fraser Thomson 1400-1500: Music Mix 1500-1900: Micky Gavin 1900-2100: Now That's What I Call A Chart Show 2100-2200: Greatest Hits Superstars 2200-0100: Des Paul
Saturday 0100-0600: Tony Dibbin 0600-1000: Alan Edwards 1000-1400: Gavin Pearson 1400-1700: Paul Carlin 1700-1900: Paul Gambaccini 1900-2200: Darren Proctor 2200-0100: Boogie Nights
Sunday 0100-0600: Tony Dibbin 0600-1000: Alan Edwards 1000-1300: Fred MacAulay 1300-1600: Simon Mayo - The Album Show 1600-1700: Greatest Hits Superstars 1700-1900: Now That's What I Call A Chart Show 1900-2200: Arlene Stuart 2200-0100: Andy Crane
Tay 2 broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and from 7am to 1pm at weekends. Headlines are broadcast on the half-hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside sport and traffic bulletins.
- Galloway goes national at Bauer Scotland, Radio Today, 3 June 2013