Tay am

Tay AM
City of license Dundee, Perth
Broadcast area Tayside
Slogan One great song after another
Frequency 1161 AM (Dundee), 1584 AM (Perth), Online
First air date 9 January 1995
Format Adult contemporary and classics
Audience share 12.3% (December 2012, [1])
Owner Bauer Radio
Website www.tayam.co.uk

Tay AM 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.

History

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 AM 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.

Former presenters include Mark Goodier, Graham Stuart, Gerry Quinn, Kenny Page, Sheena Wellington, Ian Duncan, Dave Bussey, Norma Gamble, Pat Kelly, Scott Davie, Pete Maddison, Pete Smith, Carl Greenwood, Grant Reid, Dave Price and Alistair Smith.

A new programming schedule was launched on 15 June 2009 which introduced some networked programming across Bauer's AM network. Tay AM currently retains its locally-produced and presented breakfast and evening shows, and Ally Ballingall's weekday mid-morning show is broadcast across Scotland from Radio Tay's Dundee studios. Outwith these times, programming is 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.[1] 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.

News/Sport

Tay News currently employs four broadcast journalists with Alan Smith as Head of News and Gavin Butler as Sports Editor.

Bulletins are broadcast every hour on weekdays 6am-7pm and 10pm-2am along with news headlines at 7:30, 8:30am, 4:30pm and 5:30pm. Saturday bulletins air on the hour between 6am & 6pm and 10pm & 2am. Sunday bulletins air on the hour between 6am & 2pm and 10pm & 2am with further bulletins at 4pm and 7pm. Sport bulletins are presented daily during breakfast, lunch and drivetime.

Programming

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