Valley Radio was the brain child of Jon Butler and Gareth Smith, two local radio presenters who felt that their local area needed a fresh new local radio service. The studios were set up in the Castleford Community Learning Centre to the rear of Valley Gardens in Castleford (hence the station name) and the station was launched at midday on Saturday 1st April 2017. Although the station can only be currently heard online, the whole team here at Valley Radio are currently working hard to be able to bring a full local service to the district on DAB by 2018/19.
Valley Radio is an up-beat local internet radio station playing the best variety of music from the 1960s to now with news & weather on the hour 24/7. Covering Wakefield, Normanton, Pontefract, Featherstone, Castleford and Knottingley. We are a local community focused station and encourage community engagement.
In addition we also provide sports news and showbiz news every hour along with the latest traffic reports for the district at breakfast and drivetime. Throughout the day we air specialist features and community chat and endeavour to promote local sport, charities, clubs, societies, businesses and events across Wakefield and the 5 towns on a regular basis.
The Sport Team:
Ben Matthews (Sports Manager / Commentator) and Seb Sternik (Sports commentator / Journalist).
We are an official broadcast partner of Wakefield Trinity RLFC and Ossett Town AFC and broadcast all home games on air with full pitch side commentary, pre/post match chat and game analysis.
Our talented and knowledgeable sports team bring you live pitch side coverage of home games both from the Belle Vue and Ingfield stadiums.
The News Team:
The news team at Valley Radio consist of very experienced news readers & award winning journalists!
(Left to right) Jon Francis, Jamie Fletcher, Stephanie Otty, John Utterly & Abi Smitton (not pictured).
The Presenting Team:
Spencer James – Airplay 40 Rewind (Sundays 4pm-8pm).
Spencer runs down a chart and the top 5 album tracks from a chosen year.
Gary Smith – Weekday Drivetime (Weekdays 3pm-6pm).
Gary gets you home safely with music, chat, news, sport, weather, showbiz, the latest local traffic reports, the Head Case anagram and a mind bender.
Andy Henly – Big Ones & New Ones (Saturdays 11am-1pm) & The Retro Radio Show (Sundays 11am-1pm).
Andy plays big songs and new songs from chosen artists Saturdays with his Big Ones & New Ones show and takes you on a trip down memory lane every Sunday lunchtime with The Retro Radio Show.
Jon Butler – Weekday Breakfast (Weekdays 7am-10am).
Jon wakes you up the local way with music, chat, news, sport, weather, showbiz, the latest local traffic reports, the birthday number 1 and a mind bender.
Steve Twynham – Weekend Breakfast (Weekend 8am-11am).
Steve wakes you up the local way every weekend from 8am with great music, chat, news, weather, the Twynham tease & more!
Steve Hart – The Pleasure Dome Radio Show (Saturdays 6pm-7pm).
Steve takes you back to your 80s clubbing days with one whole hour of classic 80s club and dance classics.
Peter Fairhead – The Valley Radio Country Radio Show (Sundays 1pm-3pm).
As a Country Music award winner for his professional longevity, Peter has met a wealth of Nashville stars, and presents music from the current Music City charts, as well as digging out the best hits from previous decades.
Calder Jon – Valley Radio’s Agony Uncle (Sundays 10pm-12am).
Jon gives listeners honest and down to earth advice on some daily and not so daily life and relationship problems.
Paul Baker – Acceptable 80s (Saturdays 1pm-2pm) & Power Anthems Sundays 3pm-4pm)
Join Paul Saturdays for a trip back to the 80s & Sundays for Power Anthems, bringing you the ‘Softer Side Of Rock’ including power ballads, commercial rock and soul tracks from the artists and bands that you know and love from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s.
Jordan Whipp – Evenings (Weekdays 7pm-10pm).
Jordan is with you on weekday evenings with music, chat, news, weather, the ‘3 from 1’ when a lucky listener has 3 songs played from one of their favourite artists and the ‘Who Said It?’ feature when Jordan gives you a quote and all you have to do is tell us who said it.
Roger Hipkiss – Mid mornings (Weekdays 10am-12pm).
Roger gets you through your morning with music, chat, news, weather, the ‘Who Am I?’ feature when Roger gives you clues to a mystery person and all you have to do is tell us who you think it is and the ‘Tea Break Teaser’ a quick quiz just for fun.
DJ Dave Webster – The Weekend! (Saturday nights 10pm-12am).
Dave plays some classic dance tunes in the mix over 2 hours.
Lincoln Livesey – Solid Gold Sunday (Sundays 7pm-10pm).
Lincoln takes you on a trip down memory lane with great hits from the 60s, 70s & 80s along with some great memories and features.
Ben & Seb – Sports Saturday (Saturdays 1pm-4pm).
Join Ben & Seb at 1pm on Saturdays as they bring you the latest local sports chat, special guests, interviews, pre/post match chat on local men & women’s Super League, Northern Premier League, Grass roots sport and other local sport within the district.