106.9 West Hull FM

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West Hull FM
Broadcast area West Hull, and surrounding areas
Slogan Your Community, your Station
Frequency 106.9FM, online and via TuneIn app
First air date 26 March 2007
Format Popular Music and Local Based Speech
Website www.westhullfm.org.uk

106.9 West Hull FM formerly known as West Hull Community Radio, is a local community radio station, which launched in 2007, as the first community station in the city.[1] It serves the areas of West Hull, England and surrounding towns and villages of Anlaby, Cottingham, Hessle and Willerby with an adult population of over 90,000.

The station is staffed almost entirely by volunteers supported by a full-time paid station manager, who was appointed in December 2013.

About[edit]

The station's music policy is the greatest hits from the 1950s to the latest releases of today during daytime hours. It plays a broad mix during the evening through a diverse range specialist music shows focusing on: Bangla, Country, Rock Folk, Jazz and Classical music.

West Hull Community Radio output focuses on local news, community events and sports, with regular updates on its daytime programmes. The station works on an average 60% music - 40% speech principle with each show having slightly different amounts of these.[2]

In December 2009 the founding members of what was then known as WHCR took the station to win Radio Station Of The Year in Yorkshire for 2009 with a potential audience of under 300,000 adults at the Sony radio academy awards.[3]

The West Hull based station after having originally launched in the Goodwin Centre building in Icehouse Road moved in 2009 to a studio in Anlaby Road. More recently the station completed their most recent studio-move on 19 October 2012 to a new purpose built studio in the Darley's building, formerly a public house on Porter Street.[citation needed]

Between late 2013 and early 2014 the station saw a large shift in management and gradually a large number of staff and volunteers left the company after internal disagreements between many of the volunteers and paid management. Many of them have since been involved in the startups of two new radio stations in East Yorkshire, Beverley FM and Hull Kingston Radio.

Since then, in December 2013 a new manager was appointed who has over seen a number of changes which has increased the stations popularity.[citation needed] In October 2014, the station was re-branded as 106.9 West Hull FM with the tagline 'Your Community, Your Station', with the aim to provide a stronger focus on the local community with the introduction of new locally made programmes and presenters. This included The Community Show with Greg Harman; a speech based programme focusing on the local charitable and voluntary sector, a new live Saturday morning show presented by radio veteran Simon Williams, a weekly live LGBT discussion programme called 'Loud & Proud' on Tuesday evenings and a Rock music programme on Thursday evenings.

In addition to the station's presence on social media sites Facebook and Twitter, a new website (westhullfm.org.uk) was also launched at the same time, which allows people to listen to the station live online in addition to their allocated FM frequency in the local area. The station's web stream can also be found in the TuneIn directory. The station has over 800 Twitter followers. In 2015 the station worked with BBC Radio Humberside as part of BBC Radio's project with community radio to produce news pieces about local stores like Hull's city of culture preparations, news pieces were played on both stations increasing exposure.

Staff[edit]

  • Michael Tuton (Station Manager)[1]
  • Mike Woodhouse (Mid Morning Presenter, Head of Sales)[1]
  • DJ Redloz (Presenter - Full Flava Connection Show - Urban music)
  • James Bowers (Daytime Presenter/Researcher. Also involved in Hull 2017 Report with BBC)[1]
  • Mike Andrews (Breakfast Presenter)[1]
  • Nick James (Sunday Morning Presenter)
  • Angie Coite (Presenter)[1]
  • Ripa Moni (Bangla Show Presenter)[1]
  • Tom Robinson (Daytime Presenter)[1]
  • Greg Harman (The Community Show Presenter)[1]
  • Simon Williams (Weekend Presenter)[1]
  • Pete Fairhead (Country Show Presenter)[1]
  • Olivia Beaumont Reece (Presenter)[1]
  • Joe Parker (Researcher/Writer)
  • Tony Sweeney (Daytime Presenter & Totally 80's Show)[1]
  • Max Roberts (The Folk Hour Presenter)[1]
  • Stuart Miles (Presenter - 'Highway To Hull'- Rock Show))[1]
  • David 'G' Godfrey (The Jazz Show Presenter)[1]
  • Danny Norton (Presenter 'Loud And Proud' programme)[1]
  • Richard Gray (Presenter - Classical Choice- Classical Music Programme)
  • Sarah Curry (Presenter 'Loud & Proud') [1]
  • Richard Ellarby (Presenter, Mid Morning Live Tuesdays & Wake Up West Hull Weekend Edition)[1]
  • Mandy Whittles (Producer & Tech Support)
  • Nick Boldock (Presenter The Hull Music Archive Radio Show: April 2015 onwards)
  • The Giggles Live! Team (Comedy programme)

Former[edit]

  • Dave Fewster (Beverley FM)
  • Andy Fea (Beverley FM)
  • Tony Dunn (Beverley FM)
  • Dave Nightingale (Hull Kingston Radio)
  • Alex Dunn (Beverley FM)
  • Rebecca Jane
  • Liam V
  • Jon Gibbins (Hull Kingston Radio)
  • Mark Scott (Gaydio)
  • Fiona Mills (Hull Kingston Radio)
  • Pete Mills (Hull Kingston Radio)
  • Dave Watson (Tesco Bank)
  • Les Smith (Beverley FM)
  • Al Dupres
  • Tom Render (Beverley FM)
  • Gareth "Big G" Jones
  • John Harding
  • Crown Jules
  • Pete Tyler (Hull Kingston Radio)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "106.9FM WHCR – 'At the heart of the community'", Media UK
  2. ^ "WHCR OFCOM Public File" (PDF). Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "WHCR accepting award". Retrieved 12 December 2009. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°44′38″N 0°22′40″W / 53.7438°N 0.3777°W / 53.7438; -0.3777