Stray FM (Harrogate) Public File

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STRAY FM (Harrogate)

Character of Service



Licensed area

Harrogate area  (as in Ofcom advertisement)


97.2 MHz

Service duration

24 hours

Locally-made programming

Studio Location:
Locally made programming must be produced within the licensed areas of Harrogate (AL162) or Yorkshire Dales & Skipton (AL192)

Locally made Hours:
At least 10 hours a day during daytime weekdays (must include breakfast).
At least 4 hours daytime Saturdays and Sundays.

Programme Sharing:
All programmes may be shared between the Harrogate licence (AL162) and the Yorkshire Dales & Skipton Licence (AL192), subject to satisfying the character service requirements above.

Local news bulletins

At least hourly at peaktime. At other times UK-wide, nations and international news should feature.




Excludes advertising, programme/promotional trails & sponsor credits


Weekday breakfast and drivetime, and weekend late breakfast


0600 to 1900 weekdays and weekends

 MCA population : 176,821                                                Licence number : AL 162


This Format should be read in conjunction with Ofcom's published Localness Guidelines
Last amended January 2012


Contact Details:

Address: Stray FM, The Hamlet, Hornbeam Park Avenue, Harrogate, HG2 8RE

Registered office: Carn Brea Studios, Barncoose Industrial Estate, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 3RQ

Registered in England & Wales No 2774366

Telephone: Main Switchboard 01423 522972

Studio/ Competition Line 01423 520972

Managing Director: Sarah Barry

Sales Director: Rebecca Considine

Content Director: Nick Hancock




Programme Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • Midnight to 6am. Stray FM Non Stop.
  • 5am to 6am Will Smith.
  • 6am to 9am. Nick Hancock @ Breakfast.
  • 9am to 2pm Christopher Dean.
  • 2pm to 3pm The Oldies Hour.
  • 3pm to 7pm. Home Time with Will Smith.
  • 7pm to 8pm
  • Monday: The Business Hub.
  • Tuesday: The Health and Wellbeing show.
  • Wednesday: The Education and Training show.
  • Thursday: The Food and Drink show.
  • Friday: The Stray Living show.
  • 8pm to 10pm The Evening Show.
  • 10pm to Midnight. The Wind Down Zone.


  • Midnight to 6am. Stray FM Non Stop.
  • 6am to 8am Christopher Dean.
  • 8am to 12pm Ricky Durkin.
  • 12pm David Whittle.
  • 4pm Will Smith.
  • 6pm to Midnight. Stray FM's Floor Fillers.


  • Midnight to 6am. Stray FM Non Stop.
  • 6am to 8am Christopher Dean.
  • 8am to 12pm Tom Harland.
  • 12pm to 4pm Ricky Durkin.
  • 4pm to 7pm. Beth Parsons.
  • 7pm to 10pm The Evening Show.
  • 10pm to Midnight. The Wind Down Zone

All of Stray FM's programmes are broadcast from our studios in Harrogate. All of Stray FMs daytime programmes are broadcast live. From time to time we pre-record or automate programmes.

Local Information and Support:

Stray FM supports local charities through our daily ‘Community Hub' feature. If you would like to broadcast an appeal please feel free to drop us a line.

Stray FM brings you the latest weather forecast every hour. Travel bulletins are broadcast every twenty minutes at Breakfast and Home Time with hourly updates throughout the day.


The 2015 Local Hero Awards took place in May celebrating extraordinary achievements by local people in Harrogate and the Dales. Categories included Child of Courage award, Teacher of the Year and Sporting achievement. The awards return early in May 2016.

Throughout 2015 we supported many local events including Ripon Pancake race, Race for Life in Harrogate and Ilkley, Skipton Gala,  The Great Knaresborough Bed Race, Saint Michael's Hospice Star Walk, Ilkley Carnival, Ripon's St Wilfrid's procession, Otley Gala, The Harrogate International Festival, Ilkley Summer Festival, Ripon's famous Gunpowder plot, Harrogate Round Table's Stray Bonfire, Bilton Gala and Calcutt Gala. We will also switched on Christmas lights in Starbeck, Ripon, Harrogate and Wetherby. We look forward to promoting and attending all these events again in 2016.

News Contact Information:

On Air News Editor Gavin Rutter. If you have a news story for us call 01423 726963 or email

We have locally generated news bulletins on the hour from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday with headlines at 6.20am, 6.40am, 7.20am, 7.40am, 8.20am, 8.40am.

At weekends our local bulletins run from 8am to 12pm. At all other times we carry national and international news on the hour from Sky News.


Harrogate named as the Happiest place to live in the UK!

The family of a Harrogate man who drowned in Hyde Park have been raising awareness of water safety

A new 'place of safety' has opened at Harrogate District Hospital






Ofcom, the Office of Communications are the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communication industry with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services.

For more info on Ofcom

If you have a complaint about something you have heard on Stray FM you should contact our Station Manager Sarah Barry on 01423 522972 or email

You can also complain to Ofcom. To do this either telephone them on 020 7981 3040 or visit  on the Ofcom Website




Stray FM plays a melodic adult contemporary style of music which allows us to play a big variety of songs. There are categories that represent music from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and the 2000 decades, as well as recurrent songs and the latest ‘playlisted' music which highlights the best music of today - this takes the form of an A, B and C list with the A list being the highest rotated.

An example of a daytime hour follows:

Song 1 Spandau Ballet - Gold

Song 2 Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars

Song 3 Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around

Song 4 Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire

Song 5 Rufus/Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody

Song 6 Ellie Goulding - Love me like you do

Song 7 Blondie - Heart of Glass

Song 8 Take That - The Flood

Song 9 Bryan Adams - Heaven

Song 10 Black Eyed Peas - I Got A feelin'

Song 11 Lady Gaga - The Edge of Glory

Song 12 Queen/David Bowie - Under Pressure