Automation and Local Programming
All of our programming is produced exclusively for Original 106. There are no arrangements for networked or syndicated programming. We do occasional outside broadcasts from around our transmission area.
It is necessary at certain times to automate or voice track programmes. Voice tracking is where the presenter has pre recorded their links but may not necessarily be in the studio at the time the programme is broadcast. Automated or voice tracked programming will only happen outwith peak, daytime hours. We usually voice track three hours of presenter-led programming during weekday evenings and during weekends – although occasionally these programmes may be live.
The late evening / overnight non-stop music element of Original 106 is automated.
Original 106 has on online “Local Event Guide” which promotes local events taking place, whether it be music/comedy gigs, art shows or charity fundraisers. Listeners can submit their own events to our Local Event Guide via originalfm.com. Inclusion in our listings is at the discretion of Original 106.
Original 106 also support various charities and events, including Charlie House, The Aberdeen Students Charities Campaign Torcher Parade and Student Shows, Courage on The Catwalk which benefits The Friends Of Anchor, STV Appeal, Charlie House and many other local causes. We run the very successful Original 106 Christmas Appeal every year, which sees new toys, gifts and food donations for local food banks being donated by listeners.
News Bulletin Schedule: Local, National and Extended Bulletins
Original 106 carries news on the hour 24 hours a day.
Between 06:00 and 1900 weekdays, this is local news produced in house at Original 106.
Between 20:00 and 05:00 we carry Sky Radio News (Independent Radio News).
Between 06:00 and 09:00 and 16:00 and 19:00 we carry news headlines and travel news every 30 minutes, plus during weekdays we provide local travel updates as and when travel issues arise between 0900 and 1600.
During daytime our bulletins are 2 minutes in length. In the evening they are also 2 minutes.
We have an extended sports desk at 0900, 1300 and 1800 and a business news update at 1730. Weekend sports desks are at 0900 and 1300.
At weekends Original 106 broadcast hourly 2 minute local news bulletins between 0800 and 1600. From 1700 - 0700 we carry Sky News’ two minute hourly bulletins.
Our news and programming schedule will vary during the festive season.
More local news and contact details for the news team can be found online here.
Ofcom Localness Guidelines
Ofcom’s Localness Guidelines can be found here.
An up to date programme schedule can be found here.
You can see our recent news headlines on the news section of this site.
Our character of service is “A locally focused, broad music and information station for North-East Scotland with particular appeal for 35- 59 year old listeners, with 24-hour news”.
To see what songs we’ve played in the last hour, please click here.
A list of station contacts are available here.
Our station format is available on the Ofcom website here.
To lodge a complaint, please visit our contact page and send the complaint to the relevant department. In the first instance, always address your complaint to the relevant department at Original 106, after which, should you feel it necessary to contact Ofcom, please use their contact details listed here.