The Yorkshire branch of the Radio Academy is putting on its first event in nearly two years with a look back at how the region’s stations covered the recent Tour de France Grand Départ.
The “On Yer Bike” event takes place on 12th August in York city centre and will feature a panel including Stray FM’s breakfast presenter and programme controller Nick Hancock, BBC Radio York Deputy Editor Matt Foster, and Bauer’s Head of News for England, Jim Foulger. The discussion will be chaired by Yorkshire freelancer and former RadioToday Editor, Stuart Clarkson.
John Dash, Chair of the Radio Academy’s Yorkshire Branch and Regional Content Director at Bauer, said: “This summer the biggest annual sporting event in the world came to Yorkshire, with the Tour de France’s Grand Départ taking in the streets, hills and cobbles of towns and villages all across our region. From Leeds, York, Harrogate and Sheffield to Skipton, Hawes, Masham, Haworth and Holmfirth, Yorkshire went bike-mad for the weekend, and for many weeks leading up to it.
“This is going to be a great event looking at what radio stations across Yorkshire did differently to celebrate the arrival of ‘Le Tour’. We’ll find out how music radio stations introduced weekly speech documentaries, programmes went out on the road and into the communities they serve – and how OBs on the weekend of the big event became logistical nightmares because of the rural terrain and closure of most major roads for several hours!”
The event takes place on Tuesday 12th August at Society Lounge & Bar, 1 Rougier Street, York YO1 6HZ, which is just a short walk from York railway station. Radio folk will be meeting for drinks from 6pm, with the main event starting at 6.45pm. It’s a free event, but the Radio Academy asks that you indicate whether you’ll be attending by joining the Facebook event.