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Radio Aire
Radio Aire logo 2015.png
Broadcast areaLeeds
West Yorkshire
FrequencyFM: 96.3 MHz
DAB: 12D
OwnerBauer Radio
First air date
1 September 1981
Last air date
31 August 2020

Radio Aire was an Independent Local Radio station, serving Leeds and West Yorkshire.


Radio Aire's original logo
Radio Aire's original logo
Radio Aire logo used from 2004 to 2015.
Radio Aire logo used from 2004 to 2015.
Radio Aire's studios, shared with Greatest Hits West Yorkshire in Burley, Leeds
Radio Aire's studios, shared with Greatest Hits West Yorkshire in Burley, Leeds

The station was launched at 6am on 1 September 1981 by breakfast presenter Graham Thornton - the first song played on air was Pilot of the Airwaves by Charlie Dore. Radio Aire originally broadcast on 362 metres medium wave (828 kHz AM) and 94.6 VHF but was moved to 96.3 FM (VHF) in 1986.

Radio Aire's studios were based on Burley Road, overlooking Kirkstall Road next to ITV Yorkshire's headquarters - it was the first Independent Local Radio station to have purpose-built studios. In the late 1980s, the studios were used for The James Whale Radio Show, which was a late night TV show, broadcast on ITV, Radio Aire and Red Rose Radio.

On 17 July 1990, Radio Aire split frequencies, forming Aire FM and Magic 828. In 1992, the name was changed to Radio Aire FM and then, 96.3 Aire FM in 1995. A change of format in 1996 saw another station name change to The New 96.3 Aire FM before The New was dropped in 1998. By March 2001, Radio Aire had reverted to its original name.

The station together with Magic 828 was bought by EMAP in 1995 and it became part of their Big City Network of stations. It has maintained a generic branding with sister stations across Northern England since about 2000. Following the acquisition of EMAP Radio in 2008, the station was owned and operated by Bauer Radio as part of its 'Big City Network' (later known as 'Bauer City 1', and latterly, the Hits Radio Network).

By the time of the station's closure, most of Radio Aire's output consisted of networked programming - with local output reduced to a four-hour breakfast show on weekdays, alongside hourly local news bulletins, peak-time traffic updates and advertising.


On 16 July 2020, it was announced that Radio Aire would join Bauer's Greatest Hits Radio network, as part of a wider overhaul.[1][2]

On 1 September 2020, the station rebranded as Greatest Hits Radio Yorkshire and merged with twelve stations in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.[1] The station's breakfast show is networked from Liverpool and hosted by ex-Radio Aire presenter Simon Ross, with a regional drivetime show for Yorkshire, hosted by Steve Priestley from the Leeds studios.[3] Localised news bulletins, traffic updates and advertising for West Yorkshire are broadcast throughout the day.

Radio Aire's DAB slot on the Leeds multiplex was taken over by neighbouring station Pulse 1, which carries a local breakfast show for West Yorkshire on weekdays, followed by networked programmes from the Hits Radio Network in Manchester.

Radio Aire ceased broadcasting at 4pm on Monday 31 August 2020. The last on-air presenter was Hattie Pearson and the last song played was "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

Transmitter information

Radio Aire's FM transmitter was located at the Tingley site in Morley, close to the A653 and junction 28 of the M62. The adjacent mast, known as Morley, is former home of the station's FM transmissions. It continues to broadcast Greatest Hits Radio Yorkshire on 828 KHz medium wave and the Leeds DAB multiplex.

Notable presenters


External links

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