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Capital Yorkshire


Capital Yorkshire

Capital Yorkshire
City of license Leeds
Broadcast area South & West Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire
Branding 105 Capital
Slogan Yorkshire's No.1 Hit Music Station
Frequency FM:
105.1 MHz (South West Yorkshire)
105.6 MHz (Bradford and Sheffield)
105.8 MHz (Humberside)[1]
DAB: 12A
RDS: Capital
First air date 14 February 1997
Format Contemporary hit radio
Audience share 9.5% (June 2013, RAJAR)
Owner Global Radio
Sister stations Classic FM
Heart Yorkshire
Website Capital Yorkshire

Capital Yorkshire is a regional radio station owned by Global Radio as part of the Capital radio network. It broadcasts to South & West Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire from studios in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

The licence held makes Capital Yorkshire the largest regional British radio station[2] outside of London.


  • Technical 1
  • History 2
    • Galaxy Yorkshire 2.1
    • 105 Capital 2.2
  • Presenters 3
    • Local presenters 3.1
    • Network presenters 3.2
  • Capital Reports 4
  • Former presenters 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Capital Yorkshire broadcasts on 105.8 MHz FM at a power of 9.6 kW from High Hunsley, which covers East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire and on 105.1 MHz FM at a power of 2.4 kW from Emley Moor, which covers West Yorkshire. It also has two filler transmitters, both on 105.6 MHz FM, one from Idle at 0.5 kW which covers Bradford and the other from Tapton Hill at 0.24 kW covering Sheffield.

DAB broadcasts are on the MXR 12A Yorkshire region multiplex from nine transmitters, with the strongest signal from Emley Moor, and other DAB signals from Belmont, Bilsdale, Acklam Wold (North Yorkshire), and Tapton Hill.

Galaxy Yorkshire also broadcast in various other areas on DAB as Galaxy Digital, except with the UK's ID to replace the Yorkshire one and the regional Yorkshire adverts are replaced UK-wide adverts. In some cases, a cut down song will be played to fill in for all or part of the commercial break. This output was also broadcast on Sky and Virgin Media until 15 November 2010 when it was replaced with LBC News 1152.[3] Galaxy was removed from the London DAB multiplex on 16 November 2010.


Galaxy Yorkshire

The station launched at 1.05pm on 14 February 1997 as Kiss 105, but became Galaxy 105 later that year after a take over by the Chrysalis Group, then in 2006 it became simply Galaxy Yorkshire. Launched as a dance music station, later years saw the playlist expanded to incorporate urban music genres.

The stations strapline was altered to "passion for music, passion for life" to reflect its new target demographic which has been changed from 15-29 to 15-34 . This was reinforced by the playing of more old school "Galaxy Anthems" - similar to Bauer rival Kiss's "Kisstory". In 2008 it was rebranded as a mainstream station along with all the other Galaxy Stations with a new 'Love Music' strapline before becoming 'Yorkshire's No. 1 Hit Music Station in July 2010.

105 Capital

The station was rebranded as 105 Capital on 3 January 2011 as part of a merger of Global Radio's Galaxy and Hit Music networks to form the nine-station Capital radio network.[4] Breakfast Show presenter Simon Hirst and drivetime presenter Adam O'Neill retained their jobs at the relaunched station.[5]

On 20 June 2014 long serving Capital Breakfast presenter Simon Hirst left Global Radio after 14 years.[6]


Local presenters

Network presenters

Capital Reports

Capital broadcasts local news updates, known as Capital Reports, each day - weekday bulletins air half hourly between 5am and 9am, then hourly from 9am to 6pm. At the weekend, local news is broadcast hourly between 6am and 12pm. Capital's Yorkshire news team also produces bulletins for Heart Yorkshire.

Former presenters


  1. ^ Capital Yorkshire Media UK
  2. ^ RAJAR
  3. ^ "LBC News replaces Galaxy on digital TV". The Airwaves. 15 November 2010. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Global Radio takes Capital national, Brand Republic, 13 September 2010
  5. ^ Local Capital line-ups revealed, RadioToday, 16 November 2010
  6. ^ Simon Hirst leaves Capital Yorkshire Radio Today, 20 June 2014

External links

  • Capital Yorkshire
  • History of local radio in Yorkshire.
  • Emley Moor transmitter.
  • High Hunsley transmitter.

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