BBC Radio Humberside

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BBC Radio Humberside
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City Kingston upon Hull
Broadcast area East Riding of Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire
Slogan Across Northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire
Frequency 95.9 MHz, 1485 kHz, DAB Digital Radio
First air date 25 February 1971
Format Local news, talk and music
Language(s) English
Audience share 13.6% (December 2012, [1])
Owner BBC Local Radio,
BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire
Webcast Listen
Website BBC Radio Humberside

BBC Radio Humberside is a BBC Local Radio service covering the area of the former English county of Humberside, which was returned to North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire the East Riding of Yorkshire and the City of Kingston upon Hull on 1 April 1996.

Martyn Weston is the station's managing editor with Derek McGill as assistant editor.[1]


It began broadcasting in 1971 from studios above a post office on Chapel Street, three years before the county of Humberside was created: It actually outlived the county as Humberside was abolished in 1996.

On the first night of broadcasting, many West Yorkshire rugby league fans were disappointed when the relatively powerful High Hunsley transmitter signal was heard instead of Radio Leeds, so all they heard was a commentary of Hull KR v Widnes instead of football. It did not broadcast on MW (neither did other BBC local stations) until late 1971. In 1979 it stopped broadcasting dedicated agricultural programmes (although East Yorkshire is an agricultural county).

In the 1970s it had the Radio Humberside Handicap horserace at Beverley Racecourse, which became the BBC Radio Humberside Stakes in the 1980s. By the 1990s this included the Martin Plenderleith Conditions Stakes, the Steve Massam Selling Stakes, the Peter Adamson Maiden Auction Stakes, the Charlie Partridge Selling Stakes and the Chris Langmore Handicap that all took place on the same day in early July.

BBC Radio Humberside's headquarters at Queen's Gardens, Hull

In line with the other BBC local stations in the area, BBC Radio Humberside was part of the BBC Night Network when it was formed in May 1989, providing the station with regular evening, albeit regional rather than local, programming for the first time. Before this, the station generally stopped broadcasting at around 6 pm, and handed over to BBC Radio 2 which was carried on the station's frequencies until the following morning although for the three years before the launch of Night Network, Radio Humberside had broadcast the Yorkshire-wide early evening specialist music programmes which were also carried on Radios York, Leeds and Sheffield.

In 2004 the station moved to a new digital broadcast centre located at Queen's Gardens in Hull, where it was joined by a full TV operation, supporting Look North.


In 1995 it won a Sony gold in the popular music programme category, and Mike Hurley won the 1986 Sony for local radio personality. In May 2011 the sports team of David Burns, John Tondeur, Matt Dean, Mike White and John Anguish won a Sony bronze award in the best sports programme category for their coverage of Grimsby Town's relegation.

In 2012 the Sony Radio Academy award for Best Entertainment Programme went to Beryl and Betty (Beryl Renwick, Betty Smith) from BBC Radio Humberside. The two women are aged 86 and 90 respectively, and on the night Beryl Renwick said: ‘It’s never been known to have older people like us getting their big break in broadcasting. It’s quite a thing at our age. It all started six years ago. We used to run a Saturday night club for ladies, and we asked the BBC to take us round the studios. David heard us talking and interviewed us for a job on his show, and it all went on from there.’

When they were asked for the secret of the show’s success, Betty Smith said: ‘We never stop talking. And because we have lived full lives, people want to hear what we have to say. We are full of good advice.’ Mrs Renwick added: ‘We are never scared to give a straight answer. If a caller has a dilemma, we do our best to help. And we don’t get embarrassed, no matter what the subject matter is.’[2] Smith died in 2013 and Renwick died in 2015.[3]

In May 2013 BBC Radio Humberside won the Gold Sony Radio Academy awards for Station of the Year,[4] and again in October the Frank Gillard Awards for Station of the Year.[5]

Studio facilities[edit]

BBC Radio Humberside's Grimsby studio.

BBC Radio Humberside has studios at Queen's Court, Queen's Gardens in Hull. Additional studios are located at Victoria Street[6] in Grimsby.


BBC Radio Humberside broadcasts to East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire on 95.9 FM (High Hunsley), 1485 AM (Paull, east of Hull), DAB, channel 721 on Freeview, and on the BBC website via the internet.

The FM transmitter, between Beverley and South Cave 500 ft. up on the Yorkshire Wolds is quite powerful over the relatively flat surrounding area being heard clearly in most of South Yorkshire as well. The signal reaches right across to the highest point of the M62 near junction 22 with the A672, the highest point of the A66, much of Lincolnshire, and as far south as Nottingham on the M1, near the Trowell service station and Newark. It also broadcasts Viking FM on 96.9 FM (Radio Humberside's old frequency), Capital Yorkshire on 105.8 FM and BBC National DAB (since 20 April 2006).

High Hunsley 95.9 FM mast

The Paull transmitter also broadcasts Absolute Radio on 1215 MW and TalkSPORT on 1053 MW.

The DAB signals come from the Bauer Humberside 11B multiplex from three transmitters at Cave Wold[7] (most powerful, three miles south of High Hunsley, and a BT microwave transmitter which also has the MXR Yorkshire multiplex), Buckton Barn (Bridlington, also has Yorkshire Coast Radio on 102.4) and Bevan Flats[8] (Grimsby, also transmits Compass FM on 96.4). There is no FM transmitter on the south bank, but there is a DAB transmitter in Grimsby.[9]

In 2016 BBC Radio Humberside's studios were refurbished as part of the ViLoR programme.


In the past BBC Radio Humberside have used David Arnold Music for their Jingles. The first package was written by Paul Hart and performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As of August 2005, the station began using a custom made package featuring the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, it was produced by S2blue in Staffordshire. BBC Radio Humberside were responsible for its artistic commissioning and for the eventual shape and construction of the idents. The package was re-sung for BBC Radio Nottingham and the instrumental versions were used on BBC Radio Merseyside. The package was topped up in late 2006 to introduce the "Great Place for a Great Station" strap-line and to freshen the set up. In autumn 2008 a further refresh was introduced with new sings for key daytime programmes and presenters. In 2010 the idents package was completely refreshed by S2Blue, introducing new rhythm tracks to the 2005 package, new instrumentation across the whole set and a raft of new cuts, all keeping the same memorable logo.[10] David Reeves is currently the station sound producer with Katy Noone and Neil Rudd providing many of the voiceovers.

Travel news[edit]

BBC Radio Humberside takes travel bulletins every 30 minutes (15 during Breakfast and Drive) from INTRIX Travel Media site, also used by commercial stations like KCFM and community station West Hull FM. Regular broadcasters include Wayne Foy, Nick Robbins and Ed Sheppard.


The majority of the station's programming is produced and broadcast from Hull during the day usually from 6 am starting with The Breakfast Show and finishing at 7 pm, before moving to generic networked programmes. During off-peak hours, BBC Radio Humberside carries regional programming for Yorkshire and the North Midlands, produced from sister stations BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio Sheffield. As with all BBC Local Radio stations, it also airs the networked weekday evening shows, originating from Radio Leeds and produced independently by Wire Free Productions. During the station's downtime, BBC Radio Humberside simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live overnight until 6 am.

Notable presenters[edit]


  • David Burns, sports commentary/reporter, now presents mid morning debate/moaning show formerly "Soapbox"
  • Carl Wheatly, Breakfast Show Presenter, formerly weekends with Carl & Gloria
  • Lizzie Rose, Breakfast Show Presenter, off air during much of 2016 due to baby
  • James Hoggarth, Weekend presenter and Head of Music former Kingstown Radio volunteer presenter
  • James Piekos, Former Viking FM presenter, now BBC Reporter and Presenter who often covers Mid Morning or Breakfast shows
  • Andy Comfort, Presenter of Drivetime and the former Breakfast Show presenter
  • Kofi Smiles, former student, won the BBC Voice of Hull 2017 to become reporter for UK City Of Culture Year



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