Popular radio station Ridings FM rebranded to Greatest Hits Radio after 20 years

A popular local radio station has ceased broadcasting after more than 20 years.

Wednesday, 2nd September 2020, 4:41 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd September 2020, 4:43 pm
It was confirmed earlier this year that Ridings FM, which served the Wakefield district, would be rebranded as Greatest Hits Radio (West Yorkshire) after being acquired by commercial radio network Bauer.

It was confirmed earlier this year that Ridings FM, which served the Wakefield district, would be rebranded as Greatest Hits Radio (West Yorkshire) after being acquired by commercial radio network Bauer.

Objecting to the decision, one local councillor said the closure of the station would be a "slap in the face" to local residents.

Leeds-based station Radio Aire will also be rebranded to Greatest Hits Radio as part of the move.

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Graham Bryce, Group Managing Director of Hits Radio Brand Network, said, “We are excited about the role for Greatest Hits Radio West Yorkshire in giving local communities and listeners the music, content and local connections we know they value highly, as well as a platform for a future of digital listening.

"We are committed to retaining our local relationships and look forward to engaging closely with local listeners and businesses as we launch our work initiative.”

Greatest Hits Radio (West Yorkshire) launched on Tuesday, September 1, kicking off with a Top 500 countdown of the country's most popular songs, ahead of new local content programme ‘Cities of Sound’ – a weekly documentary series celebrating the musical heritage of towns, cities and regions across the UK - running over the autumn.