Radio Aire

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Radio Aire
Radio Aire logo 2015.png
Broadcast area Leeds
West Yorkshire
Slogan The Biggest Hits
Frequency FM: RDS __AIRE__ MHz96.3 DAB: 12D
First air date 1 September 1981
Format CHR/Pop
Transmitter coordinates 53°44′08″N 1°34′42″W / 53.7356°N 1.5782°W / 53.7356; -1.5782Coordinates: 53°44′08″N 1°34′42″W / 53.7356°N 1.5782°W / 53.7356; -1.5782
Owner Bauer Radio
Sister stations Radio Aire 2
Webcast whatsON

Radio Aire is an Independent Local Radio station serving Leeds and West Yorkshire. It is owned & operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of the Hits Radio Network.


Radio Aire's original logo
Radio Aire logo used from 2004 to 2015.
Radio Aire's studios, shared with Radio Aire 2 in Burley, Leeds

The station was launched on 1 September 1981 by presenter Graham Thornton and the first song played was Pilot of the Airwaves by Charlie Dore. Radio Aire originally broadcast on 362 metres medium wave (828 kHz AM) and 94.6 VHF but was moved to 96.3 FM (VHF) in 1986.

Radio Aire is situated on Burley Road, overlooking Kirkstall Road next to Yorkshire Television's studios and was the first Independent Local Radio station to have studios especially built for the purpose of radio transmission. In the late 1980s, the studios were used for The James Whale Radio Show, which was a late night TV show, broadcast on ITV, Radio Aire and Red Rose Radio.

On 17 July 1990, Radio Aire split frequencies, forming Aire FM and Magic 828. In 1992, the name was changed to Radio Aire FM and then, 96.3 Aire FM in 1995. A change of format in 1996 saw another station name change to The New 96.3 Aire FM before The New was dropped in 1998. By March 2001, Radio Aire had reverted to its original name.

The station, together with Magic 828 was bought by EMAP in 1995 and it became part of their Big City Network of stations and has maintained a generic branding with sister stations across Northern England since about 2000. Following the acquisition of EMAP Radio, the station is now part of Bauer Radio.

Transmitter information

The station's FM transmission is radiated at the Tingley site in Morley, close to the A653 and junction 28 of the M62. The adjacent mast, known as Morley, is former home of the station's FM transmissions. It continues to broadcast sister station Radio Aire 2 on medium wave, and the Leeds DAB multiplex.


Local programming is produced and broadcast from Radio Aire's Leeds studios from 0600–1000 and 1600–1900 on weekdays; 1200–1600 on weekends.

All networked programming originates via the Hits Radio Network in Manchester.

The Vodafone Big Top 40 is produced by Global Radio at its Capital studios in London for broadcast on 145 commercial radio stations in the UK.

The station's local presenters are Ant Arthur and Caroline Verdon (Radio Aire Breakfast), Carl Spencer (Home Run / Saturday afternoons) and Dan Moylan.[1]


Radio Aire broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am to 7pm on weekdays, from 7am to 1pm on Saturdays and from 9am to 12pm on Sundays. Headlines are broadcast on the half-hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside sport and traffic bulletins.

National bulletins from Sky News Radio are carried overnight with bespoke networked bulletins on weekend afternoons usually produced in the Leeds newsroom for the Hits Radio Network in northern England and the West Midlands.

Notable former presenters


  1. ^ Radio Aire - Presenters
  2. ^ a b JK and Lucy join Heart Solent Radio Today, 16 January 2012

External links

  • Official website
  • Radio Aire Archive (The history of Radio Aire)
  • History of local radio in Yorkshire. (Archived 19 October 2009)
  • Tingley transmitter information
  • Morley transmitter information
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