Capital Yorkshire

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Capital Yorkshire
Capital Yorkshire.png
City 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
Owner Global
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 London.


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 were formerly provided 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. With the closure of the MXR multiplex in 2015, Capital rolled down to being delivered over the five local area multiplexes around Yorkshire and Humberside, enabling continuation of essentially region-wide coverage.

A version of Galaxy Yorkshire's output was also broadcast in various other areas on DAB as Galaxy Digital, with the UK's ID to replace the Yorkshire one and the regional Yorkshire adverts replaced by UK-wide adverts. (In some cases, a cut down song would be played to fill in for all or part of the commercial break.) This service was aired in a number of areas which did not have their own Galaxy service (including London and the East Midlands), and 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, replaced by The Arrow (the only Global station brand not transmitted in London at that time.)


Galaxy Yorkshire[edit]

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 had been changed from 15-29 to 15-34[citation needed]. 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[edit]

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] On 20 June 2014, long serving Capital Breakfast presenter Simon Hirst (now Stephanie Hirst) left Global Radio after 14 years.[5]


Local programming is produced and broadcast from Capital's Leeds studios from 6-10am and 4-7pm on weekdays and 12-4pm at weekends. All networked programming originates from Global Radio's London headquarters, including the syndicated Vodafone Big Top 40 on Sunday afternoons.[6]

The station's local presenters are Adam O'Neill and Joanne 'JoJo' Kelly (Capital Breakfast), Pete Allison (weekday drivetime) and James Cusack (weekend afternoons)


Capital Yorkshire broadcasts hourly local news updates from 6am-7pm on weekdays and 6am-12pm at weekends with headlines on the half-hour during Capital Breakfast on weekdays. The Leeds newsroom also produces bulletins for Communicorp-owned Heart Yorkshire.[7]

Former notable presenters[edit]


  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. ^ Simon Hirst leaves Capital Yorkshire Radio Today, 20 June 2014
  6. ^ Capital FM - Yorkshire public file
  7. ^ Capital FM - Yorkshire public file

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Coordinates: 53°47′59″N 1°33′23″W / 53.799814°N 1.556454°W / 53.799814; -1.556454