- The Pulse of West Yorkshire
The Pulse of West Yorkshire Broadcast area Bradford, Kirklees
Branding West Yorkshire's HIT MUSIC Station  Slogan Today's Best Mix Frequency 97.5 MHz, 102.5 MHz, DAB First air date 16 September 1975 Format contemporary Audience share 7.9% (June 2010, ) Owner UTV Radio
The Pulse is a British Independent Local Radio station that serves the Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale areas of West Yorkshire. The station was originally known as Pennine Radio. It is one of three stations that broadcast contemporary music in the UTV Radio brand.
The station was part of the Yorkshire Radio Network which also owned Viking FM and Hallam FM, this was bought out by Newcastle based Metro Radio Group (owners of Metro Radio and TFM). Pennine Radio became Pennine FM in the late 1980s when the AM frequency was split off to create the original incarnation of Classic Gold. In 1991, in a bid to revive flagging fortunes, Pennine FM was rebranded as "The Pulse".
The Metro Radio Group itself was bought out by EMAP in 1996 and ownership rules at the time meant that as they already owned neighbouring Radio Aire in Leeds something had to be sold on, and that was The Pulse and its sister station Classic Gold which were purchased in a management buyout from senior staff and ex-Metro Group executives. The new company was called The Radio Partnership, it was at this time that the station moved to number one position in the West Yorkshire radio market for the first time in its history.
The Radio Partnership expanded over the years to include other stations, such as Signal Radio in Stoke-on-Trent. In 1999, Kelvin MacKenzie's Talk Radio UK bought The Radio Partnership and formed The Wireless Group to include the national broadcaster and a series of local stations. In July 2005 The Wireless Group was bought out by UTV.
The main 102.5 FM signal comes from the Vicars Lot transmitter close to the M62 between Scammonden Dam and junction 23, close to the Scammonden arched bridge. This signal covers a lot of West Yorkshire and can be heard as far south as Doncaster and Sheffield, and also in the other direction in Lancashire and Greater Manchester (although Lancashire and Greater Manchester isn't the intended broadcast area). The signal is much stronger, and the transmitter at a higher altitude than the Idle transmitter. The 97.5 FM signal covers Bradford, and comes from the Idle transmitter, which is on the top of Idle Moor, between Idle and Shipley. The Idle transmitter also carries national radio frequencies, Galaxy Yorkshire on 105.6FM, Sunrise Radio on 103.2FM and Real Radio for Yorkshire on 107.6FM.
- Pulse Two - sister station on AM
Television UTV RadioNorthern Ireland: U105 · Republic of Ireland: LMFM · Dublin's Q102 · Cork's 96FM · Live 95FM · C103 · GB Local FM: The Pulse · 107.7 The Wolf · Wire FM · Radio Wave 96.5 · The Wave 96.4 FM · Wish FM · Peak FM · Juice FM · Signal 1 · Tower FM · Central Radio (Preston) · GB Local MW: Swansea Sound · Signal 2 · Pulse Two · National UK Radio: talkSPORT (Sport) Internet See Also Official Website Radio stations in West Yorkshire, England FM Stations89.3 (BBC Radio 2) • 91.5 (BBC Radio 3) • 92.4, 95.3, 102.7 & 103.9 (BBC Radio Leeds) • 93.7 (BBC Radio 4) • 96.3 (Radio Aire) • 96.7 (Phoenix FM) • 97.5 & 102.5 (Pulse) • 98.9 (BBC Radio 1) • 101.1 (Classic FM) • 101.8 (Branch FM) • 103.2 (Sunrise Radio) • 105.1 & 105.6 (Capital FM) • 106.2 (Real Radio) • 106.6 (BCB) • 106.8 (Ridings FM) • 106.9 (Drystone Radio) • 107.3 (Fever FM) • 107.4 (Tempo FM) LW & MW Stations
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