DAB first for East Yorkshire community radio station

Hull’s very own radio station is now broadcasting to even more people after switching on its DAB transmitter. Humber Wave Radio, based on Willerby Road, has become the first community radio station in East Yorkshire to achieve a digital presence

Some of the volunteers at Humber Wave Radio

Known previously as West Hull FM, the station first began broadcasting in 2007 and was the first community station to gain a license to broadcast in the region.

It rebranded as Humber Wave Radio to reflect the much wider area it will now serve and has chalked up another first by becoming the first such station on DAB.

“This is a hugely significant move,” said Humber Wave managing director Adey Wright. “We will continue to also broadcast on 106.9FM but being on DAB means the station can now be enjoyed right across Hull and East Yorkshire and even parts of North Lincolnshire.”

Listeners who already have a DAB+ radio will find Humber Wave Radio clearly identified once they have done a rescan for all available stations.

Humber Wave Radio is a not-for-profit station run entirely by unpaid volunteers producing programming for the surrounding communities. As well as talk, news, sport and local information, Humber Wave Radio plays classic hits from the 1960s though to the best new music of today.

It also provides a platform for local musicians to get their music across to a wider audience, including having them play live from the station’s studio. Humber Wave Radio will also continue to broadcast live from community events.

“We’re proud to be truly local with presenters who live and work in the communities we serve,” said Adey Wright. “If it’s happening locally we want to hear about it and you will hear about it on Humber Wave Radio. We’re the voice of local people and it’s the voices of local people you hear.”

Humber Wave Radio can be found on 106.9FM, on Hull DAB and or online at www.humberwave.com