BBC Radio Humberside

BBC Radio Humberside

BBC Radio Humberside is the BBC’s local radio station serving East Yorkshire and North & North East Lincolnshire.

It broadcasts on FM, DAB, digital TV and via BBC Sounds from studios at Queen’s Gardens in Hull.

According to RAJAR, the station has a weekly audience of 154,000 listeners and a 7.7% share as of September 2021.

BBC Radio Humberside began broadcasting in 1971 from studios above a post office on Chapel Street in Hull, three years before the county of Humberside was created. It has retained its name despite Humberside being abolished as a county 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 broadcast instead of Radio Leeds, so they heard a commentary of Hull KR v Widnes. Medium Wave broadcasts began in late 1971.

In 1979, Radio Humberside stopped broadcasting dedicated agricultural programmes despite serving agricultural areas.

In the 1970s the station sponsored 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.