Pennine Radio in 1979 

18 November 2017

Pennine Radio・16 September 1975

Pennine Radio (Bradford Community Radio Ltd), PO Box 235, Pennine House, Forster Square, BRADFORD BD1 5NP
Tel: 0274 31521 (Sales: 0274 392211)
Telex: 517444

Directors Sir Richard Denby (Chairman); K Marsden (Vice Chairman); M S Boothroyd (Managing Director); P J D Marshall; J H Brunton; J N Smallwood; J S D Towler; Mrs A Firth; D V Brennan; D Roebuck; A H Laver; S E Scott; S W Harris; D K Bramham.

Executives Jeff Winston (Programme Controller); Stewart Francis (Deputy Programme Controller); Alan Brook (News Editor); Mike Waddington (Sales Manager); Stephen R Bowley (Chief Engineer).

IBA Local Advisory Committee for Independent Local Radio in Bradford P Owthwaite (Chairman); G Burnley; Mrs F Burns; Miss M Clough; N Farrar; J Fieldhouse; Mrs B Hickling; Cllr A Pollard; Dr H K Shah; Cllr Mrs M Thackray, JP; D Walsh, OBE; Cllr R J P Warren; Cllr J Wormersley.

Paul Cooke, Pennine journalist and presenter of the ‘Pennine Soul Express’, West Yorkshire’s popular soul show.

In three years Pennine Radio has become firmly established as an important part of the community of West Yorkshire, broadcasting nineteen hours a day, seven days a week. The station has developed a local styie and flavour delivering a varied diet of music, entertainment, news antt information.

The music and entertainment is looked after by an experienced team of presenters including Stewart Francis, Peter Levy, Julius K Scragg, Roger Kirk and John Drake. But of course they do not just present music: as accomplished broadcasters they interview local and itinerant celebrities and involve themselves fully with the affairs of the community. They host quizzes and give out local information and over the years they have built up a large and loyal following. Pennine believes this is because its audience knows they are listening to their very own radio station while getting the best music that is around.

The presenters are backed up by a hard-worked and harder-working team of journalists who over the last year have developed the reputation of being the first with the News, often breaking stories as much as a day in advance of the local papers. Nowadays it is not uncommon to receive a phone call from one of the local MPs at the House of Commons asking for the latest development in a local story. Such recognition is not easily won but it is hoped that the coming year will see that recognition grow.

The Features and Community Department have also done a lot in the last year with such programmes as Dorothy Box’s Pennine Link, where the community is encouraged to help itself, and the Stephen Harris Political Phone-In, where people have a chance to question leading political personalities like the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Dennis Healey.

The last year has been one of growth at Pennine. Whether it be music, news, sport, travel information, star interviews or political comment, Pennine aims to bring a complete radio service to the people of West Yorkshire.

IBA Transmitters
VHF Transmitter (with stereo capability)
Idle (NGR: SE 164 374)
96.0 MHz
Max erp 0.5 kW
Circular polarisation
Aerial ht. 849 ft aod

MF Transmitter
(medium wave, mono only)
Tyersal Lane (NGR: SE 197 322)
235 m (1278 kHz)
Transmitter power 0.1 kW

Air Dale: 16.9.75

VHF COVERAGE. The map shows the area within which most listeners should obtain satisfactory mono reception on VHF and, with adequate aerials, good stereo reception. Medium wave coverage is designed as far as possible to match VHF.

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4 responses to this article

Stanislaw Kominsky 18 November 2017 at 5:53 pm

After numerous buyouts and name changes, Pulse 1 (MF) and Pulse 2 (VHF) (the successors to Pennine Radio) are currently owned by Wireless Group, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News UK.

James Cridland 3 January 2018 at 6:55 am

Pulse 1 (VHF) and Pulse 2 (MF), I suspect the commenter means.

Brian Cooke 5 April 2022 at 7:08 pm

The black and white picture is my brother Paul Cooke in the News Room who was a journalist at Pennine Radio

Rose Pickles 15 January 2024 at 5:02 pm

Brian, I used to work with your brother Paul at Morley Ball, City Road depot, Bradford in the 70s before he went to Pennine Radio. Have recently hooked up again with one or two others who used to work at Morleys and Paul’s name was mentioned but nobody knew what had become of him. Would love to hear more about/from him.
Rose Pickles

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