Greatest Hits West Yorkshire

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Greatest Hits West Yorkshire
City Leeds
Broadcast area West Yorkshire
Slogan Good Times Sound Like This
Frequency MW: 828 kHz
DAB: 12D
First air date 5 January 2015
Format Oldies
Owner Bauer Radio
Sister stations Radio Aire

Greatest Hits West Yorkshire is a local radio station owned and operated by Bauer Radio as part of the Greatest Hits Radio network. It broadcasts to West Yorkshire.


Radio Aire 2's studios, shared with Radio Aire in Burley, Leeds.
Magic 828 logo used from 1990 to 1998.
Magic 828 logo used from 1998 to 2015.

The station started out as Radio Aire on it’s medium wave / AM frequencies and was launched on 1 September 1981. Initially broadcast on 362 metres medium wave (828 kHz AM) and 94.6 VHF (the VHF/FM frequency was moved to 96.3 in 1986), Radio Aire split its AM and FM output to form two different stations in 1990.

Magic 828

The AM service was named Magic 828 and was launched by Roger Kirk at 8:28am on 17 July 1990, with the first song played being "Magical Mystery Tour" by The Beatles.[1]

The 'Magic 828' name was created by Bob Preedy who was a presenter on Radio Aire at the time.

Its first jingle package was produced by Century 21 and the voice-overs were voiced by John Myers.

The programmes between 6am and 1am were broadcast live from Studio 2 in Radio Aire's Burley Road studio complex in Leeds. The original weekday line-up was Roger Kirk (6am-9.30am), Ray Stroud (9.30am-1pm), The Magic Mix (1pm-2pm), Peter Tait (2pm-6pm), Nothing But The 60's (6pm-7pm), Mike Vitti (7pm-10pm), Alex Hall (10pm-1am) and The Superstation (1am-6am). A few months after Magic 828's launch, The Superstation closed, Andy Siddell took over evenings and Mike Vitti presented the new overnight programme, Nightflight. The Nightflight programme was simulcast on Aire FM & Magic 828 and broadcast between 1am & 6am from Studio 1 (the studio used for Aire FM). Local news during the early 1990s was also simulcast on both stations, although Aire FM only took the first two minutes of the bulletin.

After Emap bought Radio Aire and Magic 828 in 1995, they began to roll the Magic brand out across the other AM stations in the group, creating Magic 1161 (Hull), Magic AM (Sheffield), Magic 1152 (Newcastle), Magic 1170 (Teesside), Magic 999 (Preston), Magic 1548 (Liverpool) and Magic 1152 (Manchester).

In December 2001, EMAP decided that it was more economical for the Magic network to share off-peak programmes and in line with the other Magic AM stations began networking between 10am-2pm, and 7pm-6am. During these hours it was simply known as Magic, although there were local commercial breaks, and local news on the hour.

In January 2003 after a sharp decline in listening, the station ceased networking with the London station Magic 105.4. At this point, a regional northern network was created with programmes broadcast from Magic 1152 in Newcastle. During networked hours, local adverts are aired, as well as local news on the hour.

In July 2006, more networking was introduced across the Northern Magic AM network with only the 4 hour breakfast show between 06:00 and 10:00 presented from the local studios. However the decision was taken in April 2013 to network this show across the other Yorkshire-based Magic stations.[2] Other programming was networked from Newcastle, Manchester and London.

Radio Aire 2

Following the rebrand of the Magic AM stations in northern England at the start of 2015, the station was known as Radio Aire 2 and was entirely networked with the other Bauer AM stations in the North. Local news, weather and travel continued to be broadcast as opt-outs during the day.

Greatest Hits Radio

On 7 January 2019, Radio Aire 2 rebranded as Greatest Hits West Yorkshire. [3]


The station carries a full schedule of networked programming, produced and broadcast from Greatest Hits Radio's Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham studios.

Other output originates from Clyde 2 in Glasgow and Bauer's Golden Square headquarters in Soho.[4]


Greatest Hits West Yorkshire broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and from 9am to 1pm at weekends. Headlines are broadcast on the half-hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside sport and traffic bulletins. An extended five-minute bulletin airs at 1pm on weekdays.

National bulletins from Sky News Radio are carried overnight with bespoke networked bulletins at weekends, produced from the station's Leeds newsroom.


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  3. ^ Bauer Media to launch Greatest Hits Radio network Radio Today, 15 November 2018
  4. ^ Schedule released for Bauer City 2 stations Archived 22 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine, RadioToday, 19 December 2014

External links

  • Official website
  • Magic 828 Archive (The history of Magic 828)

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