A SEARCH is to be launched for Scotland’s “greatest song” to celebrate the country’s musical heritage. A series of shows and mini-documentaries will be produced and broadcast on regional radio stations before a national vote on St Andrew’s Day.

The project is the brainchild of Glasgow-based audio specialist

Audio Frontier, which has won a funding bid for the programmes through the UK Government’s Audio Content Fund.

The shows will be broadcast across the Greatest Hits Radio network operated by Bauer, which includes stations such as Forth 2, Clyde 2 and Tay 2.

The shows will play some of the best songs the country has produced from listener suggestions – with likely candidates including Simple Minds, Lulu, The Proclaimers, Annie Lennox, Travis, Franz Ferdinand, Paolo Nutini and Calvin Harris.

Industry experts, artists and radio presenters will narrow down the songs to a shortlist of 10.

Short mini-documentaries on each song will then be broadcast over the weeks running up to St Andrew’s Day. Listeners will be able to vote for their favourite ahead of a one-hour special on November 30.

The Audio Content Fund received 28 applications in its latest round, with eight projects selected for funding. A total of £1.25 million has been awarded since the fund was launched in April 2019.

Audio Frontier is part of the Glasgow-based Galactic Media Group, and also produces the popular weekly Football Daft podcast show.

John McInally, senior audio producer with Audio Frontier, said: “Scotland has always been at the forefront of science and innovation with inventions such as the television, the telephone and penicillin.

“An area however that is often overlooked is our rich musical heritage.

“We want to highlight just what brilliant songs this nation has provided the world within this series of shows and mini-documentaries.

“We’re delighted the UK Government’s Audio Content Fund has made this possible and can’t wait to start working with Bauer and hearing the suggestions from listeners.”