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The station was launched on 1 September 1981 by presenter Graham Thornton and the first song played was Pilot of the Airwaves by Charlie Dore.
Radio Aire originally broadcast on 362 metres medium wave (828k Hz AM) and 94.6 VHF but was moved to 96.3 FM (VHF) in 1986.
Radio Aire also airs networked programming from sister stations Key 103 in Manchester, Radio City in Liverpool, Hallam FM in Sheffield, Clyde 1 in Glasgow and Forth 1 in Edinburgh.
The Vodafone Big Top 40 is syndicated from Global Radio at its Capital studios in London for broadcast on over 130 commercial radio stations across the UK.
Local programming is produced and broadcast from Radio Aire's Leeds studios from 6am-2pm and 3-7pm on weekdays, 2-6pm on Saturdays and 12-4pm on Sundays.
Radio Aire is situated on Burley Road (Kirkstall Road) next to Yorkshire Television's studios and was the first Independent Local Radio station to have studios specially built for the purpose of radio transmission.
In the late 1980s, the studios were used for The James Whale Radio Show, which was a late night TV show, broadcast on ITV, Radio Aire and Red Rose Radio.
Anyone who keeps hold of their Aire on the Square ticket stub can exchange it for a Party in the Park ticket when they are released later this year, provided they have proof of Leeds residency.
To book tickets for Aire on the Square, visit: go to the Carriageworks Theatre’s box office or the visitor centre at Leeds City train station.