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BBC Radio Humberside

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BBC Radio Humberside
BBC Radio Humberside logo 2020.svg
CityKingston upon Hull
Broadcast areaEast Riding of Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire
Frequency95.9 MHz, DAB Digital Radio
SloganThe sound of Northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, and all the music you love
FormatLocal news, talk and music
OwnerBBC Local Radio,
BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire
First air date
25 February 1971
WebsiteBBC Radio Humberside

BBC Radio Humberside is a BBC Local Radio service covering the area of the former English county of Humberside, which was returned to North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire the East Riding of Yorkshire and the City of Kingston upon Hull on 1 April 1996.

Martyn Weston is the station's managing editor with Derek McGill as assistant editor.[1]

According to RAJAR, the station has a weekly audience of 120,000 listeners and a 6.5% share as of December 2018.[2]


It began broadcasting in 1971 from studios above a post office on Chapel Street, three years before the county of Humberside was created: It actually outlived the county as Humberside was abolished in 1996.

On the first night of broadcasting, many West Yorkshire rugby league fans were disappointed when the relatively powerful High Hunsley transmitter signal was heard instead of Radio Leeds, so all they heard was a commentary of Hull KR v Widnes instead of football. It did not broadcast on MW (neither did other BBC local stations) until late 1971. In 1979 it stopped broadcasting dedicated agricultural programmes (although East Yorkshire is an agricultural county).

In the 1970s it had the Radio Humberside Handicap horserace at Beverley Racecourse, which became the BBC Radio Humberside Stakes in the 1980s. By the 1990s, this included the Martin Plenderleith Conditions Stakes, the Steve Massam Selling Stakes, the Peter Adamson Maiden Auction Stakes, the Charlie Partridge Selling Stakes and the Chris Langmore Handicap that all took place on the same day in early July.

BBC Radio Humberside's headquarters at Queen's Gardens, Hull
BBC Radio Humberside's headquarters at Queen's Gardens, Hull

In line with the other BBC local stations in the area, BBC Radio Humberside was part of the BBC Night Network when it was formed in May 1989, providing the station with regular evening, albeit regional rather than local, programming for the first time. Before this, the station generally stopped broadcasting at around 6 pm, and handed over to BBC Radio 2 which was carried on the station's frequencies until the following morning although for the three years before the launch of Night Network, Radio Humberside had broadcast the Yorkshire-wide early evening specialist music programmes which were also carried on Radios York, Leeds and Sheffield.

In 2004, the station moved to a new digital broadcast centre located at Queen's Gardens in Hull, where it was joined by a full TV operation, supporting BBC Look North.


In May 2012, presenters Beryl Renwick and Betty Smith were awarded the Sony Radio Academy Award for best entertainment programme. Renwick and Smith had presented alongside David Reeves from 2006 to December 2012,[3] after they had been "talent spotted during a tour of the BBC studios in Hull".[4] The pair, aged 86 and 90 respectively, had been the oldest winners of the award. Smith died in November 2014[5] and Renwick died in September 2015.[6]

In May 2013, the station was named "station of the year" at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.[7]

Studio facilities

BBC Radio Humberside's former Grimsby studio
BBC Radio Humberside's former Grimsby studio

BBC Radio Humberside has studios at Queen's Court, Queen's Gardens in Hull. The station also has a second studio, which is situated in the Grimsby Institute for Higher Education.


BBC Radio Humberside broadcasts to East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire on 95.9 FM (High Hunsley), DAB, channel 721 on Freeview, and on the BBC website via the Internet.

The FM transmitter, between Beverley and South Cave 500 ft. up on the Yorkshire Wolds is quite powerful over the relatively flat surrounding area being heard clearly in most of South Yorkshire as well. The signal reaches right across to the highest point of the M62 near junction 22 with the A672, the highest point of the A66, much of Lincolnshire, and as far south as Nottingham on the M1, near the Trowell service station and Newark. It also broadcasts Viking FM on 96.9 FM (Radio Humberside's old frequency), Capital Yorkshire on 105.8 FM and BBC National DAB (since 20 April 2006).

High Hunsley 95.9 FM mast
High Hunsley 95.9 FM mast

The DAB signals come from the Bauer Humberside 10D multiplex from three transmitters at Cave Wold[8] (most powerful, three miles south of High Hunsley, and a BT microwave transmitter, Buckton Barn (Bridlington, also has Greatest Hits Radio Yorkshire Coast on 102.4) and Bevan Flats[9] (Grimsby, also transmits Compass FM on 96.4). There is no FM transmitter on the south bank, but there is a DAB transmitter in Grimsby.[10] AM broadcasts finished in January 2018.[11]

In 2016 BBC Radio Humberside's studios were refurbished as part of the ViLoR programme.


In the past BBC Radio Humberside have used David Arnold Music for their Jingles. The first package was written by Paul Hart and performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As of August 2005, the station began using a custom made package featuring the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, it was produced by S2blue in Staffordshire. BBC Radio Humberside were responsible for its artistic commissioning and for the eventual shape and construction of the idents. The package was re-sung for BBC Radio Nottingham and the instrumental versions were used on BBC Radio Merseyside. The package was topped up in late 2006 to introduce the "Great Place for a Great Station" strap-line and to freshen the set up. In autumn 2008 a further refresh was introduced with new sings for key daytime programmes and presenters. In 2010 the idents package was completely refreshed by S2Blue, introducing new rhythm tracks to the 2005 package, new instrumentation across the whole set and a raft of new cuts, all keeping the same memorable logo.[12] David Reeves is currently the station sound producer with Katy Noone and Neil Rudd providing many of the voiceovers.

Travel news

BBC Radio Humberside carries travel bulletins every 30 minutes (every 15 minutes during Breakfast and Drive) from INTRIX Travel Media, also used by commercial stations including KCFM and community station West Hull FM. Regular traffic presenters include Wayne Foy, Nick Robbins and Ed Sheppard.


Most of BBC Radio Humberside's programming is produced and broadcast from its Hull studios

During off-peak hours, BBC Radio Humberside carries regional programming for Yorkshire and the North Midlands, produced from sister stations BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio Sheffield. During the station's downtime, BBC Radio Humberside simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live overnight.

Notable former presenters


  1. ^ BBC Radio Humberside Archived 28 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "RAJAR". RAJAR. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  3. ^ Barnard, Stephanie (24 December 2012). "Radio stars Beryl and Betty bow out". BBC News. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Oldest nominated DJs in Sony win". BBC News. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  5. ^ "BBC radio star Betty Smith dies". BBC News. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  6. ^ "BBC radio star Beryl Renwick dies". BBC News. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  7. ^ "BBC Radio Humberside wins Sony award". BBC News. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  8. ^ Cave Wold
  9. ^ Bevan Flats
  10. ^ Radio stations in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire
  11. ^ "BBC Radio Humberside and Lincolnshire to switch off AM broadcasts". Grimsby Telegraph. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  12. ^ "BBC Radio Humberside". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2009.
  13. ^ Jonathan Wall
  14. ^ Plunkett, John; Halliday, Josh (19 February 2013). "BBC confirms Jonathan Wall as Radio 5 Live controller". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 29 October 2017.

External links

News items

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