Yorkshire Branch


The chair of the Yorkshire Branch is Richard Horsman (Leeds Trinity University).

If you would like to get involved in this Branch, please contact us.

News & updates

Yorkshire Event: How radio covered the Tour de France

Posted by Yorkshire at 23 July, 2014, 11:51 am


On Yer Bike

How radio covered Yorkshire’s Tour de France Grand Départ

This summer the biggest annual sporting event in the world came to Yorkshire, with the Tour de France’s Grand Départ taking in the streets, hills and cobbles of towns and villages all across our region. From Leeds, York, Harrogate and Sheffield to Skipton, Hawes, Masham, Haworth and Holmfirth, Yorkshire went bike-mad for the weekend, and for many weeks leading up to it.

The Yorkshire Branch of the Radio Academy will examine how radio stations across the region covered Le Tour. We’ll find out how music radio stations introduced weekly speech documentaries, programmes went out on the road and into the communities they serve – and how OBs on the weekend of the big event became logistical nightmares because of the rural terrain and closure of most major roads for several hours!

Former Radio Today Editor Stuart Clarkson chairs a panel which includes Marie Christopher (News Editor for Yorkshire & NE at Global Radio), Matt Foster (Deputy Editor - BBC Radio York), Jim Foulger (Head of News, England – Bauer Radio) and Nick Hancock (Programme Controller - Stray FM).


Date: Tuesday 12th August 2014

Time: Cash Bar from 6pm - Event starts 6.45pm

Venue: Society Lounge & Bar, 1 Rougier Street, York YO1 6HZ. It’s just 0.3miles from York railway station so a short 5 minute walk!

Cost: FREE

Booking information: There’s no need to book but it would be great if you could join the Facebook Event for the session so that we can get an idea of numbers.

Please note: Because the event is being held in a licensed premises it is only open to over 18s.

Ben Cooper, Radio 1 and the Future of Music Radio

Posted by Yorkshire at 13 September, 2012, 4:59 pm

Monday 22 October | 6pm for 6:30 | Sagar Wright Lecture Theatre, Rose Bowl Building, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds City Centre
Ben Cooper
Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, reveals his thoughts on the future of music radio and a station without Chris Moyles. Hosted by John Myers, Chair of the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

The Yorkshire Branch is hosting a session where Ben will discuss the future of BBC Radio 1, how it aims to stay in the hearts and minds of younger listeners and the future of music radio in general. He'll also be taking questions from the audience.

This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from the boss of one of the nation's biggest radio stations and ask him your questions. This is a not to be missed event and places are limited.


Radio Academy Members - free / non-members* - £10 (inc VAT)


*Students of Leeds Metropolitan University do not need to register & can attend free of charge with a valid Leeds Met student card. Limited availability (first come - first served).

Most people working in radio qualify for free membership of The Radio Academy as employees of Patrons, or as volunteers/staff of SRA, HBA and most community affiliated stations. Although registration is required, it's a relatively quick process.
Click here to see if you qualify.

Click here for a map to the event venue, Rose Bowl Building at Leeds Metropolitan University.


Scott Myers (Capital FM & Yorkshire Branch Chair)

Yorkshire Branch: Audience with Beryl & Betty and Hirsty’s Quiz Night!

Posted by Yorkshire at 6 June, 2012, 3:13 pm

BBC Radio Humberside's Sony Radio Academy Award-winning Beryl & Betty have had a busy month since winning the Best Entertainment Award at May's glitzy Awards night, with more national TV and newspaper coverage than most Sony winners.

The Radio Academy Yorkshire Branch will now celebrate their achievement with an hour in conversation with their co-presenter and producer David Reeves, and take questions from the audience in a tea party themed night. After that, it's the return of Hirsty's legendary Quiz Night, with stations from Yorkshire competing against each other in a number of radio rounds!

The event takes place at FRUIT SPACE in Hull on Wednesday 20th June, get down for 6.30pm for a 7pm prompt start.  There will be complimentary tea, coffee, cupcakes and scones and a full bar if you want something a bit stronger!

Everyone is welcome with entry free for Radio Academy members and £10 for non-members.
To Register for this event click here

For more details, LIKE the Yorkshire Branch Facebook page at Facebook.com/yorkshirebranch or contact scott.myers@capitalfm.com

New Year, Nations & Regions and Yorkshire news!

Posted by Yorkshire at 16 January, 2012, 11:27 am


It always seems wrong to say it more than a week past the 1st but Happy New Year!

We start off 2012 with quite a bit of news for stations broadcasting up the A1 in the north of our patch.  First off, congratulations to the team at Garrison Radio, who have been crowned the Nations & Regions Station of the Year for Yorkshire. Their entry was fantastic and they will receive their award at the next Yorkshire Branch event (details at the end of this post!)    Here's what the judges had to say about Garrison's entry:

Garrison FM showed that they truly excelled in their desire to serve their audience. The station is not only there to entertain and inform but it is also clearly seen by its listeners as a vital part of everyday life, where the lifestyle and needs of listeners is somewhat different and more specific than most.

Despite limited resources, Garrison FM has brought its audience interviews with senior politicians and Army commanders, and reported from some of the most dangerous warzones in order to connect those at home with loved ones abroad.

This station really shows how a local radio station cna not only service its community, but be at the heartbeat of it.

Thanks to all those who entered this year, it was a genuinely close race and I hope we'll receive many more entries next year from stations who want to step up to the challenge.

There has also been some changes in ownership in the north of the region, with Fresh Radio now a part of UKRD and changing to be an extension of Harrogate based Stray FM. If you've not read the full story yet, you can do so here.

With regards to radio news in Yorkshire, I've set up an automated feed which will publish all relevant stories on our Yorkshire Branch Facebook page. If you've not yet hit the Like button for the page, do it now!

Finally, our FIRST EVENT OF 2012! It's been in the pipeline for a few weeks now and looks like it will come off, it's a good one and I'm on the verge of releasing the final date and time to stick in your diary. It will be in Leeds at the end of February. Watch this space!


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Yorkshire Branch in 2012

Posted by Yorkshire at 8 December, 2011, 6:45 pm


Thanks for taking the time to find out about the Radio Academy in Yorkshire.    To introduce myself, I’m Scott and I’m the new Chair for the Yorkshire Branch, with a new day job as breakfast producer for Capital.   Nice to meet you!

In the regions, each Branch is meant to hold at least three events a year – but in 2011 there has been 0 from the Yorkshire Branch!   My task for the New Year is to kick-start the Branch again and put some great events on with a wider appeal, achieving some of the Radio Academy’s overall objectives to encourage, recognise and promote excellence in UK radio.

As always, the events will remain a great opportunity to network (and drink lots) with people from other stations in Yorkshire and it’ll be great to see your station put a good attendance in.

I’d appreciate all the help I can get – so if you want to be a part of the Yorkshire Branch Committee and contribute to events with ideas or other help, please get in touch.

My email address and Twitter:


I’ll post regular updates about the Branch on this blog – and you can also get updates to your Facebook news feed if you ‘Like’ www.facebook.com/yorkshirebranch

Looking forward to seeing you soon,


Yorkshire Branch: Adrian Van Klaveren

Posted by Yorkshire at 8 February, 2010, 3:28 pm


A great opportunity for anyone working in the North to hear from the Controller of BBC 5 Live, Adrian van Klaveren.

He’ll be chatting to James Rea, Group Head of News for GMG Radio, about the move to Salford, the new 5 Live schedule, and much more.

To join the discussion about what 5 Live’s move to Salford could mean for you and/or your station, you’ll need to register. Don’t miss out!

Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Registration: Email Rob.

Price: FREE!

Venue: Leeds (more details by email)

Yorkshire Branch: Trevor Dann in Conversation

Posted by Yorkshire at 7 December, 2009, 3:26 pm

MONDAY 7th DECEMBER, Sheffield.

With so much change in 2009, The Radio Academy's Chief Exec, Trevor Dann will be gazing into his crystal ball and making some predictions for radio in 2010 and beyond -- and he's keen to take your questions.

Trevor will also presenting the Nations & Regions Award for Yorkshire to one lucky station.

And there'll be plenty of time to meet colleagues from across the region over a glass of wine.

Venue: BBC Radio Sheffield, 54 Shorham Street, Sheffield S1 4RS

Yorkshire Branch: Andrew Harrison / Hirsty’s Legendary Music Quiz

Posted by Yorkshire at 15 January, 2009, 3:20 pm

15th Jan 09 - Tiger Tiger, The Light, Leeds

The Radio Academy Yorkshire Branch presents:

  • Andrew Harrison, Chief Executive, RadioCentre - With his predictions on what awaits UK radio in 2009
  • The Radio Academy’s Yorkshire Branch Nations and Regions Award 2008 - Rother FM currently hold the prize; who'll collect it this time?
  • Plus… the return of Hirsty’s legendary music quiz

Events Archive & Audio

Andrew Harrison / Hirsty's Legendary Music Quiz

15th Jan 09 - Tiger Tiger, The Light, Leeds
The Radio Academy Yorkshire Branch presents Andrew Harrison, Chief Executive, RadioCentre - With his predictions on what awaits UK radio in 2009

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Music & Radio Quiz

25th Feb 08 - The Village Hotel, Priory Park, Hull. HU4 7DY
Sod the Sonys and forget RAJAR, the most hotly contested prize for Yorkshire's broadcasters is up for grabs again!

Galaxy Yorkshire's Simon Hirst will be asking the questions on music and radio. It's the chance for your station to prove its encyclopaedic knowledge of music and the industry. Or maybe just a great excuse to meet other people working in radio in Yorkshire.

Hospital, community, student, BBC or commerical station? Tell your colleagues, rope in your mates and come and join us.

Itching to come, but struggling to raise a team? Don't worry, we'll help you find some new friends on the night!

The Radio Academy is all about encouraging and promoting great radio. It's a social and business network for everyone working in radio in Yorkshire.

John Myers: in conversation and Yorkshires Nations and Regions Award

17th Sept 07 - The Wardrobe, St Peters Square, Leeds

Time for more or less local input?

Is digital radio really the future?

Which radio groups will buy whom?

Hear what John thinks about the BBC, community radio and where he reckons commercial radio is going.

What's the future of our industry?

Is local or national more important?

How to get a job in radio.

Why the BBC is a bigger threat than ever to commercial radio.

Plus John brings to life some of radio’s funniest stories.

The Battle for Breakfast

31st August 07 - The Met Bar, Leeds Metropolitan University Students Union
What's the best radio to wake-up to? And how do you become the market-leader?
We've got some of Yorkshire's big hitters at breakfast to tell us what they reckon the secrets are. What works and what doesn't. The highs and the lows of the gig. Their favourite early-morning memories -- and hopefully some tales of disasters at dawn!

On the panel: Daryl Denham (Real Radio Yorkshire), Simon Hirst (Galaxy Yorkshire), Richard Reynolds (BBC Radio York), Sam Heywood (Viking FM), Steve Jordan (KCFM). With more to be confirmed.

Ringmaster: Paul Brown, Chairman of the RadioCentre, a member of the Sony Radio Awards Committee - and a former presenter and producer.