York's new radio station goes live

ON AIR: Presenters Chris Marsden and Dougie Weake who helped launch Vale Radio at Haxby Memorial Hall

ON AIR: Presenters Chris Marsden and Dougie Weake who helped launch Vale Radio at Haxby Memorial Hall

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VALE Radio, York’s newest radio station, went live on Monday.

The station, which broadcasts from Haxby Memorial Hall, was opened by Outer York MP Julian Sturdy.

It broadcasts 24 hours a day reaching a potential 770,000 listeners.

Vale Radio supports interviews and schemes which serve local interests and has just become partners with York City Knights.

Former BBC local radio presenters Chris Marsden, Sandie Dunleavy and Dougie Weake all have shows on the station.

Mr Weake said: “Vale Radio is a proper community radio.

“We are committed to bringing the community together, particularly the outlying districts that no one hears about.

“We want to find out what is going on and we want to help people. We are their voice.

“Another interesting fact is that 67 per cent people in the UK are listening to radio online.”

Vale Radio is currently available on the smart phone app TuneIn Radio or at www.thevaleonline.com

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8:53am Wed 20 Aug 14

Whistlejacket says...

This article needs a sub-editor. Ideally, not one in Newport.
The headline refers to "Radio Vale". The accompanying picture shows the logo "Vale Radio". Which is it?
Strictly, neither. It's not a radio station. No radio transmissions are involved.

"..It is on air 24 hours a day reaching 770, 000 listeners. "

Where does the 770,000 listeners figure come from? If it's internet based, it can be streamed by anyone, anywhere.
Is this the number of people who have downloaded the app? The number of people in the Vale of York?
This article needs a sub-editor. Ideally, not one in Newport. The headline refers to "Radio Vale". The accompanying picture shows the logo "Vale Radio". Which is it? Strictly, neither. It's not a radio station. No radio transmissions are involved. "..It is on air 24 hours a day reaching 770, 000 listeners. " Where does the 770,000 listeners figure come from? If it's internet based, it can be streamed by anyone, anywhere. Is this the number of people who have downloaded the app? The number of people in the Vale of York? Whistlejacket
  • Score: 14

10:24am Wed 20 Aug 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Actually "reaching" 770,000 listeners? Fantastic. How do they know?
Actually "reaching" 770,000 listeners? Fantastic. How do they know? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 4

3:15pm Wed 20 Aug 14

cifspal says...

Why do people have to nitpick? The fact is someone out there is getting off their bums and covering the news, events, appeals etc that matter to the small communities around the Vale of York that BBC Radio York are not bothered about and neither is The Press generally. Well done Chris and Dougie, may you go from strength to strength!
Why do people have to nitpick? The fact is someone out there is getting off their bums and covering the news, events, appeals etc that matter to the small communities around the Vale of York that BBC Radio York are not bothered about and neither is The Press generally. Well done Chris and Dougie, may you go from strength to strength! cifspal
  • Score: 3

4:41pm Wed 20 Aug 14

bobsuncle says...

Well, I'm sure everyone at Vale Radio will agree with me here:

The Press (as always with articles) have misunderstood giving a strike of negativity by readers to the articles. From what I've been told, the station covers a TSA of 770,000 people. Already, Vale Radio has hosted 2 carnivals, a fashion show, and community events across the vale. These events weren't just in the centre of York, but in outskirts of the vale such as Malton, Ryedale, Acomb, Haxby, Crake and so on, as well as the city of York.

Already, the station has had over 10,000 listeners to their test transmissions that were aired from May until the launch in August and has had an impact on the community... don't see other 'local' radio stations doing this anymore, do we?

I think The Vale Online (being a website) and Vale Radio are going to have an ever-growing impact on the community, as they're supported by their community partners, they (as I have heard since Monday morning) provide no disruptive advertisement that will put people off from listening to radio in general.

From what I have heard of their first few days on air, I'm beginning to like their shows, they have local people that write local content and that provide live and local content throughout the day and night too, not the stuff that comes from down south.

It's a local radio station for the local area, who support local causes and are ran by local people... they are based IN YORK and don't have a head office in London!!!!
Well, I'm sure everyone at Vale Radio will agree with me here: The Press (as always with articles) have misunderstood giving a strike of negativity by readers to the articles. From what I've been told, the station covers a TSA of 770,000 people. Already, Vale Radio has hosted 2 carnivals, a fashion show, and community events across the vale. These events weren't just in the centre of York, but in outskirts of the vale such as Malton, Ryedale, Acomb, Haxby, Crake and so on, as well as the city of York. Already, the station has had over 10,000 listeners to their test transmissions that were aired from May until the launch in August and has had an impact on the community... don't see other 'local' radio stations doing this anymore, do we? I think The Vale Online (being a website) and Vale Radio are going to have an ever-growing impact on the community, as they're supported by their community partners, they (as I have heard since Monday morning) provide no disruptive advertisement that will put people off from listening to radio in general. From what I have heard of their first few days on air, I'm beginning to like their shows, they have local people that write local content and that provide live and local content throughout the day and night too, not the stuff that comes from down south. It's a local radio station for the local area, who support local causes and are ran by local people... they are based IN YORK and don't have a head office in London!!!! bobsuncle
  • Score: 9

8:41pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Whistlejacket says...

To Cifspal
"Why do people have to nitpick?"
I take it that comment referred to me.
The reason I was "nitpicking" was not to be negative about the efforts of Vale Radio, of whom I have no knowledge.
It was a criticism of the article as it was originally written.
Haydn Lewis has now corrected and clarified the article, so I'd like to thank him for that.
To Cifspal "Why do people have to nitpick?" I take it that comment referred to me. The reason I was "nitpicking" was not to be negative about the efforts of Vale Radio, of whom I have no knowledge. It was a criticism of the article as it was originally written. Haydn Lewis has now corrected and clarified the article, so I'd like to thank him for that. Whistlejacket
  • Score: 0

11:08am Thu 21 Aug 14

marvell says...

"bobsuncle" takes the world's worst actor award for pretending not to be an employee or someone involved directly with Vale Radio !!

When quoting statistics you're supposed to make them work positively for you. Based on your figures, around 90 people per day listened to the test transmissions. Let's hope that with publicity, dynamic content and community penetration (!) that more than 4 people per hour listen to the station.
"bobsuncle" takes the world's worst actor award for pretending not to be an employee or someone involved directly with Vale Radio !! When quoting statistics you're supposed to make them work positively for you. Based on your figures, around 90 people per day listened to the test transmissions. Let's hope that with publicity, dynamic content and community penetration (!) that more than 4 people per hour listen to the station. marvell
  • Score: -5

10:56pm Thu 21 Aug 14

bobsuncle says...

marvell wrote:
"bobsuncle" takes the world's worst actor award for pretending not to be an employee or someone involved directly with Vale Radio !!

When quoting statistics you're supposed to make them work positively for you. Based on your figures, around 90 people per day listened to the test transmissions. Let's hope that with publicity, dynamic content and community penetration (!) that more than 4 people per hour listen to the station.
With respect, please do be aware im not involved with the station at all ! i am a keen listener and good friend with the people at the station as they are friends with everyone, unlike the other stations in the area.
[quote][p][bold]marvell[/bold] wrote: "bobsuncle" takes the world's worst actor award for pretending not to be an employee or someone involved directly with Vale Radio !! When quoting statistics you're supposed to make them work positively for you. Based on your figures, around 90 people per day listened to the test transmissions. Let's hope that with publicity, dynamic content and community penetration (!) that more than 4 people per hour listen to the station.[/p][/quote]With respect, please do be aware im not involved with the station at all ! i am a keen listener and good friend with the people at the station as they are friends with everyone, unlike the other stations in the area. bobsuncle
  • Score: 8

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