BBC Radio Orkney

BBC Radio Orkney
City Kirkwall
Broadcast area Orkney
Frequency 93.7 MHz
First air date May 1977
Format News, Music, Sport, Talk
Transmitter coordinates 58°58′31″N 3°05′03″W / 58.9753°N 3.0842°W / 58.9753; -3.0842Coordinates: 58°58′31″N 3°05′03″W / 58.9753°N 3.0842°W / 58.9753; -3.0842
Operator BBC Scotland
Owner BBC
Sister stations
Website Schedules listing

BBC Radio Orkney is a local opt-out of BBC Radio Scotland for the Orkney Islands, which is based in Castle Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, in Scotland.

Depending on the time of year, there are either two or three broadcasts per day on weekdays on the BBC Radio Scotland frequency: the flagship breakfast programme Around Orkney, a short lunchtime news at 12:54pm featuring local news and weather for Orkney and Shetland, and Radio Orkney's Evening Programme.


Around Orkney

Around Orkney is a news programme broadcast weekday mornings from 7:30 to 8:00am (opting out from BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland), featuring local news, weather, travel, sport, daily diary, job opportunities and mart reports. Every Wednesday there is a "Postbag" section featuring letters sent in by listeners. Radio Orkney produced their first-ever outside broadcasts in summer 2007, from the County Show and the Parish Cup Final.[1]

Radio Orkney's Evening Programme

Radio Orkney's Evening Programme (often referred to as just the evening programme) is a programme broadcast from 6:10 to 7:00pm from Monday–Thursday between the months of October and May. There are various programmes on the evening schedule, including the regular Monday night Bruck programme (swaps and appeals),[2] a folk music programme (Tuesday Folk)[3]), a country music programme (On The Border[4]), Whassigo (described as "an Orcadian Call My Bluff"),[5] Classic Concert (archive local recordings) and the annual Ba Quiz.

Friday Requests

Friday Requests is broadcast on Friday evenings throughout the year. The programme is identical in structure to the Radio Orkney programme except that it plays music which residents of Orkney have requested through the week via phoning a request line, usually dedicated their requests.[6]


Celtic rock band Wolfstone wrote a signature tune for BBC Radio Orkney. However, it was ultimately unused and appeared on their second album The Chase (1992) as its first track, "Tinnie Run".[7]


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