Video: We’re live! Ben and Laura launch YorkMix Radio

4 Jan 2021 @ 7.58 am
| Entertainment

York and North Yorkshire has a brand new radio station!

YorkMix Radio went on air this morning at 6.30am.

Breakfast show presenters Ben Fry and Laura Castle launched the station, following a dramatic introduction which name-checked every major event in York’s history, from the Romans on.

And then the first song – Chasing Rainbows, by York’s very own Shed Seven.

Four months after leaving their Minster FM breakfast show, before the station was closed down, Ben took to the airwaves to introduce the world to YorkMix Radio.

“They say never go back and I’m sure lots of people will think we are crazy trying to do this at this moment,” he said.

“But if you look round at the moment, people everywhere are going above and beyond and battling on and chasing that rainbow where we all get back to normal normal…

“Now let’s be honest playing a few Ed Sheeran songs is not changing anything in North Yorkshire, but radio is so much more than just a noise out of a speaker…it’s a connection, a chance to be a friend to someone wherever they are whenever they need us.

“And if that connection can help a charity get there message out, support a business to get them through another couple of months, stop you being stuck on the A64, or just raise one smile for one person…then it’s probably worth giving it a go.”

How to tune in


If you can’t already see YorkMix Radio, perform a rescan. YorkMix Radio covers all of North Yorkshire

Listen online

Click the button below to activate a pop-up radio player. This link will be available on the home page of

Listen now »

Via the app

Download the free app from the Apple App store or from Google Play

Amazon Alexa

If you have an Alexa enabled device you can say “Alexa, enable the YorkMix Radio skill,” to set up playing YorkMix Radio, from then on you can say, “Alexa, play YorkMix Radio,” whenever you want to listen

Google assistant

For Google Assistant say, “Hey Google, ask YorkMix Radio to play.”  Sometimes on Google devices you may hear silence, then need to say, “Hey Google, play”

More details here

Launch gallery