Feel Good Friday

Feel-Good Friday! – with Colin Dobson

Colin Dobson

Feel Good Friday with Colin Dobson

Countdown to the weekend.

Friday – 12.00pm till 3.00pm.

Start winding down in preparation for the weekend with three hours of feel-good music spanning six decades and more features than you can shake a whippet at.
Guess the year when I hop into the Flashback Time Machine (when I can get it started). Discover the Lost Album of the week. Check out what’s going on in the Weekend What’s On Guide. There’s also the classic WHOLE Twelve Inches, and who can forget the Barmy Barnsley Birthday Choir? Live guests pop in to talk about local stories of interest (as long as they bring tea and sausage rolls).
I’ve got the latest news on the hour, and Barnsley’s weather for the weekend.
You can also get involved in the show and chat live with me on our social media pages.

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New BBC programme

The BBC are looking for people from Barnsley for a new programme.

BBC2 are looking for people to take part in an exciting new six-part documentary series. Each episode will follow a member of the public as they go through a different life-changing week – with support being offered from around the globe.


Perhaps you’re getting married, having a baby, meeting your partners’ children, having an elderly parent move in or making a big career change? Whether it’s relationships, family, health, work or something totally unique – if it’s happening between July & December 2016 then we would love to hear your story and tell you more about the series.


BBC - My Big Week

BBC – My Big Week

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Roy Burgess

Roy in the studio

Roy in the studio

After a brief stint in hospital radio in the 80s my career in IT got in the way. I decided to come back to radio when I had time. I got involved with Radio Barnsley in August 2015. What can I say, I’ve been busy! Now turning a lifetime’s obsession with popular music into two shows. Soul Man plays classic music from Motown, Stax, Northern Soul, Funk and even a bit of disco thrown in.

Soul Man – Wednesday 7-9pm. Repeated on Monday at 3pm


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Neil Crosswaite

Neil wouldn’t say radio presenting was stressful but when he started 3 years ago he had shoulder length hair!

Hailing from Rotherham but graduating from Barnsley College with a degree in journalism, Neil presents the news show between 7 and 9 on Thursday night.

He’s got a wide range of music tastes from Motown to rock but he steers clear of bagpipes!

He was on air when news broke of Prince’s death and turned the rest of the show into a tribute. Its moments like that when live radio takes on a new momentum.

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Rob Hargreaves

I was involved in hospital radio from the late 80’s, presenting, producing and editing radio shows.
I was also DJing on a mobile disco from 1983 to 1997.
I joined YMCA Radio Barnsley in October 2010 and presented a lunchtime show on Mondays and Fridays for two years, I then moved on to presenting the Weekend Eve Show on a Friday 5 to 8pm., before taking over the Saturday Morning slot in February 2016.
I also am employed outside of Radio Barnsley working for a national wholesaler.

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The Saturday Morning show with Rob Hargreaves

Rob and Tony

Rob and Tony

The Saturday Morning Show (9am to mid-day).

Presented by Rob and Mr Tony.

Features include Name The Tune, The New Movies, On This Day In History, and Birthdays not forgetting The Bad Jokes Of The Week, plus on occasions there is a 2 for 1, Song From A Film and a PowerPlay.

We chat about anything and everything, music a mixture of 70’s 80’s and current hits.

We keep you up to date with the latest news headlines and weather
It’s a light hearted way to start your weekend.

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Louise Barnsworth

Louise Barnsworth

Louise – Friday 3 to 6pm

Barnsley belle, lost in Doncaster.

Stalker of all things radio since the late 80s.

Loves the Atlantic Ocean, Ireland and is very found of the number 252 and Long Waves, for some reason.

Once moved to London, but the people weren’t as friendly as Northern folk.

Has a PHD in Chemistry…

No part of this bio is made up.

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Richard Eglington

Richard Eglington - shy as ever

Richard Eglington – shy as ever

Richard won’t say how old he is, but his first job on leaving school was as tail-gunner on a milk-float, protecting the dairy’s best gold top from attack by the Kaiser (he’s still younger than Tony, though).

His first experiences of music were as an angelic chorister in the school choir, and as a less angelic recipient of piano lessons. Despite the best efforts of his piano teacher to put him off (and to be fair he was never going to be a pianist) this didn’t put him off music and it has been a part of his life ever since.

He loves most genres of music, from folk and traditional through soul, funk and blues to rock, ska, reggae and dub, and one of his greatest pleasures is sharing music with other music lovers, and discovering new bands and singers.

He lives in Leeds with his family and was introduced to Radio Barnsley by Roy Burgess, someone Richard had known through his work. He presents the Midweek Mix every Wednesday, which gives him the excuse to play lots of kinds of different music!

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The Midweek Mix – Wednesday 5pm – 7pm

Richard Eglington - shy as ever

Richard Eglington – shy as ever

Join Richard Eglington for the Midweek Mix – Blues, Soul, Ska, Pop – in fact it could be anything!

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Tailored to suit most people in an evening, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

After an Induction into the YMCA and Radio Barnsley you are introduced to the equipment, a daunting task but after a while it becomes easy to operate. Then into computer systems, no matter how hard we try to keep away from technology, broadcasting has been made easy with computers. These are simple steps to teach you to use systems no matter what your age is or ability.

Broadcasting also needs to keep to the law, standards and format. The course covers all of these.

And then onto greater things, air time to go it alone.

Course Information

All our trainers are fully qualified in radio and teaching and the YMCA is proud to work with them all.

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