Drystone Radio

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Drystone Radio
Broadcast areaSouth Craven & Yorkshire Dales
First air date16 January 2009
Transmitter coordinates53°53′13″N 1°58′55″W / 53.887°N 1.982°W / 53.887; -1.982Coordinates: 53°53′13″N 1°58′55″W / 53.887°N 1.982°W / 53.887; -1.982[1]
WebcastStereo 128kbps

Drystone Radio, operating online and on a frequency of 103.5FM (formerly 106.9FM),[2] is a not-for-profit community radio station operating from Cowling, North Yorkshire to listeners across South Craven and the Yorkshire Dales.[3]


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.[4]


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.[5] Ofcom awarded the station a five-year licence in 2007,[6] and in January 2009 the station began broadcasting to South Craven and the Yorkshire Dales on 106.9FM.[5]

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, due for broadcast early in 2013.[citation needed] 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.[7][8]

2014 Frequency Change[edit]

In January 2014 the station implemented its plans to change frequency to 103.5FM.[9] The frequency change was completed 30 January 2014, coinciding with the introduction of new imaging and a new website for the station.[2] Ofcom noted that the change of frequency was authorised to resolve interference issues.

Drystone Radio attended the Silsden Gala in 2013.[10]

As of April 2016, Drystone's licence runs to 15 January 2019.[11]

In 2017 Drystone won the Gold award for best outside broadcast at the Community Radio Awards for live coverage of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.[citation needed]


Drystone Radio has reached the shortlist for the Community Radio's Awards Station of the Year, as well as entries in the Volunteer of the Year and Newcomer categories.[12]

In 2017 Drystone Radio received Gold award for Outside Broadcast of the Year at the Community Radio Awards.

In 2016 Drystone Radio received A Gold award for Station Sound and Marketing at the Community Radio Awards.


  1. ^ a b "Valley Farm Transmitter". UK Free TV. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Community radio station changes frequency". Radio Today. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Drystone Radio". North Yorkshire Forum for Voluntary Organisations. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  4. ^ "(home page)". Drystone Radio. Retrieved 23 April 2016.(See "About Drystone Radio" section in column 1 of 3; if this column not visible, zoom out.)
  5. ^ a b "Report of the Trustees and Unaudited Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 October 2008" (PDF). charity commission. Retrieved 4 November 2012.[dead link]
  6. ^ Welsh, James (16 October 2007). "Four community radio licences awarded". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  7. ^ "The nine-year-old who may be the country's youngest DJ". BBC York and North Yorkshire. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Cross Hills youngster Daisy Watkiss has own slot on Cowling's Drystone Radio". The Telegraph and Argus. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  9. ^ "We are changing frequency!". Drystone Radio. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014.[failed verification]
  10. ^ "Silsden Gala Procession: One of the best for years". Craven Herald. 28 July 2013. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Drystone Radio (licence)". Ofcom. Archived from the original on 24 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  12. ^ Smith, Christopher (17 August 2018). "Shortlist announced for 2018 Community Radio Awards".

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