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Greatest Hits Radio York and North Yorkshire

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Greatest Hits Radio York and North Yorkshire
Greatest Hits Radio logo.png
Broadcast areaYork and parts of North Yorkshire
FrequencyFM: 104.7, 102.3, 103.5 MHz
DAB: 10C
SloganThe Good Times Sound Like This
FormatContemporary hit radio
NetworkGHR Yorkshire, Greatest Hits Radio
OwnerBauer Radio
First air date
4 July 1992
Technical information
Transmitter coordinates
54°02′49″N 0°47′13″W / 54.047°N 0.787°W / 54.047; -0.787
WebsiteGreatest Hits Radio York and North Yorkshire

Greatest Hits Radio York and North Yorkshire, formerly known as Minster FM, is a local networked radio station based in Dunnington, York, England. It covered the central part of North Yorkshire, including the city of York and surrounding areas such as Selby, Tadcaster, Thirsk, Northallerton and Goole.


Former logo used until Rebranding in 2020
Former logo used until Rebranding in 2020

Minster FM named after York Minster, launched at 6 am on Saturday 4 July 1992. This was nine years, to the day, after BBC Radio York started to broadcast. The first presenter to air on Minster FM was Daragh Corcoran and the first song played was 'Saturday in the Park' by Chicago.

The station, since its first transmission, broadcasts on 104.7 FM from the Acklam Wold transmitter, near Leavening, on the Yorkshire Wolds.

At the time of launch it had a live locally presented schedule 24 hours a day. This continued until the launch of Yorkshire Coast Radio in November 1993 when programmes between 10 pm and 6 am were broadcast (or networked) on both stations.

In 1996 the station added a transmitter to cover the Thirsk and Northallerton area using a signal on 102.3 FM from Calvert's Carpets in Thirsk.

In 2005, station owners The Local Radio Company (TLRC) secured a specific licence for the area and launched Minster Northallerton on that frequency.

TLRC was later taken over by UKRD, and in 2009, the new owners merged this station with its stations based in Darlington and Durham to form Star Radio.

On 17 December 2014, Minster FM started broadcasting on DAB digital radio, under the name More Minster. It is broadcast on the North Yorkshire DAB multiplex from various locations within Yorkshire, including Bilsdale, Acklam Wold, Hildebrand Barracks and Oliver's Mount.[1]

More Minster carried Minster FM programmes in the morning and through the day. During the evening, the DAB schedule differed from the FM version, broadcasting its own dedicated programming.

In 2017, UKRD announced that it would give back Star Radio licences to the regulator Ofcom in return for the transfer of the Northallerton licence to Minister FM. This was confirmed on 4 April 2017. 102.3 FM once again began broadcasting Minster FM along with a transmitter covering the Northallerton area on 103.5 FM.[2][3]

UKRD local radio stations were bought by Bauer Radio in 2020, along with other many other local radio station in England. Until its networking as a Greatest Hits Radio, as Minster FM, it broadcast up to eighteen hours a day of local programming only for its coverage area. The remainder of the day was automated. On 1 September 2020 it became a part of Bauer Radio's Greatest Hits radio network with music from the 70s,80s & 90s – this type of music having been phased in since its takeover.


In 2009 Minster FM was one of three stations to be nominated[4] for The Arqiva Station of the Year (under 300,000 listeners in TSA) - the station lost out to Lincs FM 102.2 in Lincolnshire.[5]

In 2017, drivetime presenter Harry Whittaker received a nomination for 'Best New Show' at the UK ARIAS and 'Best Entertainment Programming' at the 2018 O2 media Awards

In 2019, Minster FM won the 'Charitable Business Award' at the Yorkshire Choice Awards 2019.[6]

Programming Before Rebrand

The majority of Minster FM's programmings were produced and broadcast from its York studios. Live presenter-led programming aired from 4 am to 10 pm on weekdays, 6 am to 8 pm on Saturdays and 6 am to 7 pm, with automated non-stop music broadcast overnight. The sole syndicated programme on the station, produced by Salford-based Chris Country Radio, aired on Sunday evenings.[7]


Minster FM broadcast hourly local news bulletins from 6 am to 6 pm on weekdays and from 8 am to 1 pm at weekends. On weekdays, headlines and sports bulletins were broadcast on the half-hour during breakfast and drivetime shows.[7]

During the station's early years, Minster FM's local news output was not produced in-house but contracted out to Yorkshire Television's regional news service Calendar. Local news is now produced by the station's own news team.

At all other times, syndicated national bulletins from Sky News Radio were broadcast on the hour.

Notable former presenters

See also


  1. ^ "Local DAB launches in North Yorkshire". a516digital.
  2. ^ "Star Radio North East Closure". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Ofcom approves Star Radio licence separation". Radio Today. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards: Full list of winners". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "2019 Winners". The Yorkshire Choice Awards. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Minster FM Public File". Minster FM. Archived from the original on 1 August 2020.

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