|Broadcast area||South Craven & Yorkshire Dales|
|First air date||14 January 2009|
|Transmitter coordinates||Coordinates: |
Drystone Radio, operating online and on 103.5FM (formerly 106.9FM), is a not-for-profit community radio station operating from Cowling, North Yorkshire to listeners across South Craven and the Yorkshire Dales.
Drystone Radio operates to provide media access to local music, news, issues and interests. The radio's mission statement includes mention of its community involvement, and social inclusion, diversity, and skills development.
Drystone Radio was founded by David Adams, and initially broadcast over the internet on his website. Drystone Radio became incorporated 1 October 1998 and registered as a charity 29 June 2007. Ofcom awarded the station a five-year licence in 2007, and in January 2009 the station began broadcasting to South Craven and the Yorkshire Dales on 106.9FM. Drystone was awarded an extension to its license for another 5 years in 2013.
In March 2012, Drystone Radio revised its schedule to include regular weekday programming including Breakfast, Mid-day and Drivetime shows. Schedules have been updated to take specialist shows into the evenings and weekends.
The main broadcast studio underwent a complete refurbishment during the summer of 2012, and played host to an ITV film crew for the second time as they filmed for an episode of The Dales TV programme, due for broadcast early in 2013. The station attracted national attention on the first occasion as they filmed Crazy Daisy, who was hailed as the UK's youngest radio presenter when her career was launched at Drystone Radio at the age of 9.
In January 2014 the station announced its plans to re-brand and change frequency to 103.5FM. The frequency change was completed 30 January 2014, coinciding with the introduction of new imaging and a new website for the station. Ofcom noted that the change of frequency was authorised to resolve interference issues.
Drystone Radio attended the Silsden Gala in 2013.
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- "Silsden Gala Procession: One of the best for years". Craven Herald. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.