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BBC York
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City of license York
Broadcast area North Yorkshire
Frequency 103.7, 104.3 MHz, 666 & 1260 kHz
First air date 4 July 1983
Format Local news, talk and music
Language English
Audience share 5.8% (September 2009, [1])
Former callsigns BBC Radio York, BBC North Yorkshire
Owner BBC Local Radio,
BBC Yorkshire
Website BBC Radio York

BBC York is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of North Yorkshire.


Early history

The station was launched at 6:30am on 4 July 1983 - a launch featured on the cover of the Radio Times. A year prior to its launch, a temporary AM service was broadcast for coverage of Pope John Paul II's visit to the city.

BBC York was the only local radio station in North Yorkshire in its first nine years of operation. The independent commercial rival, Minster FM, began broadcasting on 4 July 1992. Stray FM, the independent station covering the Harrogate and Ripon areas, made its first transmission exactly two years to the day after Minster's launch and eleven years to the day after Radio York's launch.


BBC York broadcasts from its studios in York on 95.5 (Olivers Mount, Scarborough), 103.7 (Acklam Wold transmitter near Leavening, midway between York and Malton and 104.3 (Woolmoor, near Upsall four miles north of Thirsk close to the A19 - for Harrogate, Northallerton and the Yorkshire Dales) FM, 666 (Fulford), 1260 (Row Brow, Scarborough) AM and by Real Player from their website. It is not on DAB yet. In the north, the BBC local radio stations use EMAP Digital multiplexes. There is an MXR (Chrysalis) multiplex broadcasting from Acklam Wold, who do not broadcast BBC stations.

Acklam Wold is the strongest frequency on 103.7 which is for Ryedale and the Vale of York, and the 140ft transmitter also has the commercial station, Minster FM on 104.7. The 103.7 signal can be heard as far south as Mansfield on the M1, and can be received in West and South Yorkshire. The transmitter used to broadcast on 90.2FM, and another on 97.2. The Olivers Mount transmitter also has Yorkshire Coast Radio on 96.2, as well as television and national radio frequencies. The Woolmoor transmitter has national radio frequencies.

Temporary Relocation

Much of Radio York's studio infrastructure is the original Mk3 installation, dating from the station's inception in 1983. This aging equipment has become unreliable, causing the station to "fall off air" regularly [2]. Because the refurbishment required was significant, it would not be possible to continue to broadcast from the existing premised during the refurbishment, and no suitable alternative premises could be identified. Therefore plans were drawn up for Radio York to move in with Radio Leeds temporarily [3] and to retain a presence in North Yorkshire through the BBC Bus, and through increased contributions from district studios in Harrogate and Scarborough.


DAB licence

The DAB licence that BBC York will use only covers the eastern part of North Yorkshire, York, and the north part of East Yorkshire (York and Scarborough). The licence was advertised in June 2007, and will be taken by MuxCo, as it submitted the only application in September 2007. It was supposed be ready in June 2009, then revised to December 2009, but as of December 2009 there is still no sign of anything happening.


  • Richard Allinson (Weekend afternoons)
  • Jules Bellerby
  • Julia Booth (Weekend breakfast)
  • Jeremy Buxton (Saturday mornings, Sunday mornings Sunday Brunch)
  • Jonathan Cowap (Weekday lunchtime)
  • Sandie Dunleavy (Weekday evenings)
  • Elly Fiorentini (Weekday drivetime)
  • Neil Foster (Non Stop Songs of Praise, Sunday afternoons)
  • Nigel Harrison (Gardening)
  • Barry Parker
  • Bob Preedy (Hot Country)
  • Dr Rock (alias Charles White, Sunday evenings)
  • Jerry Scott (Weekday early mornings)
  • Sharon Shortle (North Yorkshire Sport)
  • Matt Seymour (More Raw)
  • Adam Tomlinson (Weekday breakfast)
  • Russell Walker (Weekday mornings)
  • Anna Wallace (Weekday breakfast)
  • Dougie Weake (Reporter for weekday breakfast show)
  • Jamie Wilkinson (The Friday Feeling)

Former presenters

Former presenters at the station include ITV Sport commentator Jon Champion, Sky Sports commentator Rob Hawthorne and Will Hanrahan - who went on to present Look North and report for Good Morning with Anne and Nick. Victor Lewis-Smith started his BBC career here, presenting his chat and music programme, "Snooze Button", on Sunday mornings in 1984. Countdown host Richard Whiteley made several guest appearences in the early 2000s.

Past Programming

Up until 2007, BBC York simulcast evening and weekend programming with counterpart stations in the BBC Yorkshire region (Radio Leeds and Radio Sheffield) including Martin Kelner's Late Thing and The Alex Hall Late Night Phone In. The Early Show from BBC Radio Humberside (within the BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region) was also carried. Recently, networked programming has been replaced with further local output. However, some networked output from the BBC North East and Cumbria and BBC Yorkshire regions continues to air, including the Frank Wappat show on Sunday evenings (from BBC North East and Cumbria), Chris Marsden's Love Songs, also on Sunday evenings, and the Russell Walker late show on weeknights (both from BBC Yorkshire).

BBC York was also a part of The BBC Night Network, a group of ten BBC Local Radio stations in the North of England which featured networked programming every evening. One of those shows Late Night North with David Dunning often came from the York studios .


North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council had criticised the national media for over dramatising the flood of June 19, 2005, which led to the sudden drop of tourism in North Yorkshire for the remainder of 2005. However their reports on the floods of 2005 praised BBC Radio York for its balanced coverage.

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