Pulse 1

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Pulse 1 is the independent local radio station for Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale.

Beginning life as Pennine Radio 235, it was one of the first UK commercial radio stations to go to air, and, as many stations of its time did, contained specialist programming including a brass band programme (Tops 'n' Noils), asian-language programming and religious output.

Originally just broadcasting to Bradford, it gained an additional franchise area of Kirklees (Huddersfield) and Calderdale (Halifax). As part of the Yorkshire Radio Network, it was then bought by the Metro Radio Group. In research, Pennine Radio was perceived as an old-fashioned Bradford-only station, and its name changed in August 1991 to "The Pulse", with a mostly new set of presenters and innovative marketing. It was a success, with the station eventually becoming the most listened-to station in its area.

The station had to be sold when Emap Radio bought Metro in the mid 1990s due to its overlap with Radio Aire. It's now owned by Bauer Media Group. The station was based in the haunted basement of a former wool mill in the Little Germany area of Bradford. It moved to newer premises in 2015.

Former presenters include BBC Radio 1's Paul Burnett, BBC executive Roger Mosey, and's founder and owner, James Cridland (broadcasting under the name James Andrews).

From August 2020 Pulse 1 extended their coverage to include Leeds on DAB Digital Radio, replacing Radio Aire.

February 2021 saw Pulse 1's remaining local show move from Bradford to Bauer's media centre in Leeds, sharing with Greatest Hits Radio West Yorkshire and Viking FM.

Programming, news and commercial remain in Bradford.

Editorial areaBradford, Kirklees, Calderdale & Leeds
FormatTop 40
Most playedNathan Dawe x Joel Corry x Ella Henderson, Switch Disco feat. Ella Henderson, David Guetta feat. Anne-Marie & Coi LerayRadiomonitor
Launched16 September 1975
OwnerBauer Media Audio UK
National salesBauer Media Audio UK
Members ofRadiocentre
Former namesPennine Radio
Pennine FM
The Pulse of West Yorkshire
Radio Aire (DAB only)

Contact Pulse 1

Postal address1 St James Business Park
New Augustus Street
+44 1274 203040
+44 1274 200200
Official website

Social media

Twitter@Pulse1Radio (17,741 followers) compare
Twitter: Jobs@BauerMediaJobs (19,574 followers) compare

Latest news stories

Former Heart presenter Chris Kirk joins Central Radio in Blackpool
RadioToday - published 18 October 2022, 1.07pm bst
Mylo and Rosie play on-air prank with Tom Green at Hits Radio
RadioToday - published 29 January 2022, 10.47am gmt
Xytech Webinars to Officially Launch MediaPulse 10
RBR/TVBR - published 19 October 2021, 2.40pm bst
A ‘Major MediaPulse Launch,’ Impacted by NAB Nix?
RBR/TVBR - published 21 September 2021, 9.10am bst
Radio Aire to become Greatest Hits Radio
RadioToday - published 16 July 2020, 10.00am bst


Becky Holmes Journalist
Danny Mylo Presenter
Greg Burns Presenter
Hattie Pearson Presenter
Jacqui Blay Head of Music
James Crossling Journalist
Jason Thornton Football Commentator
Jordan Lee Presenter
Matt Wilkins Presenter
Matt Crabb Presenter
Paul Foster Presenter
Paul Griffiths Presenter
Rosie Madison Presenter
Saeed Atcha Presenter
Sam Harper Ard Presenter
Tony McKenzie Programme Director

…at Bauer Media Audio UK

Abby Carvosso Group MD, Advertising
Adam Newstead Senior Executive Producer, South England & Wales
Alex Baker Creative Strategy Director
Andy Ashton Content Director - Greatest Hits Radio
Anne-Marie Lavan Group Marketing Director
Cat Martin Director of Communications
Chris Ward Content Operations & Group Production Director
Dee Ford Group Managing Director Radio
Frankie Bannerman Radio Account Manager
Gary Stein Group PD - Hits Radio Network
Graham Bryce Chief Operating Officer
James Walker Head Of Network Operations
Jo Baldwin Managing Director
John Pickford Editor in Chief
Kate Whitehorn Creative Strategy Director
Lucie Cave Editorial Director
Matt Garforth Product Manager
Matthew Hobbs Chief Technology Officer
Paul Keenan Chief Executive
Rob Munro-Hall Co-Lead of Publishing World-Wide
Sarah Barnes HR Director
Sarah Vickery Group Finance & Strategy Director
Steve Taylor Commercial Creative Director
Stuart McGinley Content Producer
Tony Moorey Group Content Director - Absolute Radio & Magic

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