106.9 West Hull FM
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|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|
106.9 West Hull FM formerly known as West Hull Community Radio (WHCR FM) is a local community radio station which launched in 2007 as the first community station in the city of Kingston upon Hull, England. It serves the areas of West Hull, and surrounding towns and villages of Anlaby, Cottingham, Hessle and Willerby with an adult population of over 90,000. It aims to promote local community events in particular charitable events, inform listeners of local news particularly focusing on West Hull, along with a wide choice of music and offering adverting/sponsorship for small local businesses.
Despite operating on the FM band, the station outputs a Mono broadcast.
The station is staffed almost entirely by volunteers and until recently was supported by a full-time paid station manager; Michael Tuton, who was appointed in December 2013 and left 2016.
The station gears its music policy from the music of 1950's to present-day releases during daytime hours. It plays a broad mix during the evening through a diverse range specialist music shows focusing on Country, Rock, 1980's Pop, Jazz, Classical and Local Music. With the relatively recent increase in the popularity of the local music scene, partially down to a large push by other local radio stations, West Hull FM has also plays local music. Most if not all local radio stations in the area are now pushing the local music scene ahead of Hull's UK City of Culture year in 2017.
West Hull FM's output focuses on local news, community events via a "What's On Guide" and sports, with regular updates on its daytime programmes, generally between 8am and 5pm on weekdays and 9am to 12 noon on the weekend. The station works on an average 60% music - 40% speech principle with each show having slightly different amounts of these.
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.
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 based in Beverley and Hull Kingston Radio based in East Hull.
In October 2014, the station was re-branded as 106.9 West Hull FM, although the station's broadcast on 106.9FM in Hull still bares the handle 'WHCR FM'. With its new tagline 'Your Community, Your Station', the aim of the newly re-branded station was to provide a stronger focus on the local community with the introduction of new presenters and locally made programmes. 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 Simon Williams, a weekly live LGBT discussion programme called 'Loud & Proud' on Tuesday evenings and a Rock music programme on Thursday evenings.
Since 2015 West Hull FM started broadcasting a number of new shows. West Hull FM saw the introduction of an LGBT news and discussion programme called "Loud & Proud". The show is broadcast live and is thought to be the only of its kind in the region. Greg Harman's "The Community Show" also joined, with interviews and information supporting the voluntary and charitable sectors in Hull. "The Hull Music Archive" a specialist local music programme plays music from local acts from across the years, however this show will be moving to its new home Hull Kingston Radio in late 2016.
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 stories like Hull's 'City of Culture' preparations. News pieces were played on both stations.
In 2016 the station formed a partnership with HullFire Radio (formerly Jam 1575AM), a student radio station based at Hull University Union. Their 'Screen One' film review and 'World Noise' world music programmes have been broadcast on the station since February 2016.