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Greatest Hits Radio West Yorkshire

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Greatest Hits Radio West Yorkshire
Greatest Hits Radio logo.png
Broadcast areaYorkshire
FrequencyMW: 828 kHz
DAB: 12D
SloganThe Good Times Sound Like This
FormatClassic Hits
NetworkGHR Yorkshire, Greatest Hits Radio
Radio Aire
First air date
17 July 1990
Last air date
31 August 2020

Greatest Hits Radio West Yorkshire (previously Magic 828 and Radio Aire 2) is a local radio station owned and operated by Bauer as part of the Greatest Hits Radio network. It broadcasts to Yorkshire on 828 AM and DAB radio.


GHR West Yorkshire was formed on 7 January 2019, with the rebranding of Radio Aire 2, along with the rest of the stations on the Bauer City 2 Network (with their own regional identities). The rebrand also saw most stations of the Bauer City 1 Network change to the Hits Radio Network.

On 1 September 2020, the station regionalised the drivetime show, along with twelve stations in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, under GHR Yorkshire. This regionalisation also merged Pulse 2 (on medium wave), Ridings FM and Radio Aire into GHR West Yorkshire, to give it FM coverage.


Pulse 2

Pulse 2 was launched as  Pennine Radio (on its medium wave frequency), on 16 September 1975.

Ridings FM

Ridings FM was launched on 106.8 MHz FM, on 3 October 1999.

Radio Aire

The Magic 828 and Radio Aire studios in Burley, Leeds (now used for Greatest Hits Radio Yorkshire).
The Magic 828 and Radio Aire studios in Burley, Leeds (now used for Greatest Hits Radio Yorkshire).

Radio Aire began broadcasting, on 1 September 1981, to Leeds and West Yorkshire on:

  • 362m medium-wave/ 828 (kHz)AM
  • 94.6 VHF/FM (Later moved to 96.3 FM in 1986).

Radio Aire split its AM and FM output to form two different stations in 1990. Radio Aire (FM) went through various rebrands but had reverted to its original name before it had merged into GHR West Yorkshire.

Radio Aire, through the later part of its life, had a DAB slot on the Leeds multiplex and was a part of the Hits Radio Network. Both of these aspects of Radio Aire were taken over by neighbouring station Pulse 1 when Radio Aire ceased broadcasting at 4pm on Monday 31 August 2020.

On 1 September 2020, Radio Aire joined Bauer's Greatest Hits Radio (GHR) network, as part of a wider restructure following Bauer’s purchase of multiple radio groups. This meant that Radio Aire’s Former AM and FM frequencies would now be reunited, as Radio Aire’s AM frequency had already become a part of the network.

Magic 828

The AM service was named Magic 828 and was launched by Roger Kirk at 8:28am on 17 July 1990, with the first song played being "Magical Mystery Tour" by The Beatles.

The 'Magic 828' name was created by Bob Preedy who was a presenter on Radio Aire at the time.

Its first jingle package was produced by Century 21 and the voice-overs were voiced by John Myers.

The programmes between 6am and 1am were broadcast live from Studio 2 in Radio Aire's Burley Road studio complex in Leeds. The original weekday line-up was Roger Kirk (6am-9.30am), Ray Stroud (9.30am-1pm), The Magic Mix (1pm-2pm), Peter Tait (2pm-6pm), Nothing But The 60's (6pm-7pm), Mike Vitti (7pm-10pm), Alex Hall (10pm-1am) and The Superstation (1am-6am). A few months after Magic 828's launch, The Superstation closed, Andy Siddell took over evenings and Mike Vitti presented the new overnight programme, Nightflight. The Nightflight programme was simulcast on Aire FM & Magic 828 and broadcast between 1am & 6am from Studio 1 (the studio used for Aire FM). Local news during the early 1990s was also simulcast on both stations, although Aire FM only took the first two minutes of the bulletin.

After Emap bought Radio Aire and Magic 828 in 1995, they began to roll the Magic brand out across the other AM stations in they owned, creating Magic 1161 (Hull), Magic AM (Sheffield), Magic 1152 (Newcastle), Magic 1170 (Teesside), Magic 999 (Preston), Magic 1548 (Liverpool) and Magic 1152 (Manchester).

In December 2001, EMAP decided that it was more economical for the Magic network to share off-peak programmes and in line with the other Magic AM stations began networking between 10am-2pm, and 7pm-6am. During these hours it was simply known as Magic, although there were local commercial breaks, and local news on the hour.

In January 2003 after a sharp decline in listening, the station ceased networking with the London station Magic 105.4. At this point, a regional northern network was created with programmes broadcast from Magic 1152 in Newcastle. During networked hours, local adverts were aired, as well as local news on the hour.

In July 2006, more networking was introduced across the Northern Magic AM network with only the 4 hour breakfast show between 06:00 and 10:00 presented from the local studios. However the decision was taken in April 2013 to network this show across the other Yorkshire-based Magic stations.[1] Other programming was networked from Newcastle, Manchester and London.

Radio Aire 2

Following the rebrand of the Magic AM stations in northern England at the start of 2015, the station became known as Radio Aire 2 and was entirely networked with the other Bauer AM stations in the North. Local news, weather and travel continued to be broadcast as opt-outs during the day.


GHR West Yorkshire focuses on 70s, 80s and 90s music.

Networked programming is produced and broadcast from Bauer's studios in Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester.

Regional programming is produced and broadcast from Bauer's Leeds studios from 4-7pm on weekdays, presented by Steve Priestley.[2]

The station's breakfast show is networked from Liverpool and hosted by ex-Radio Aire presenter Simon Ross. Localised news bulletins, traffic updates and advertising for West Yorkshire are broadcast throughout the day.


  1. ^ "Bauer networks three more Magic stations". RadioToday. April 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  2. ^ Greatest Hits Radio regional Drivetime presenters announced Stephen Chapman, Prolific North, 27 August 2020

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