Radio Humberside is saying goodbye to two stalwarts of the airwaves, with both Phil White and Andy Comfort hosting their last shows for the station today (Friday).
Listeners have already said goodbye to the likes of Burnsy, who was axed after the BBC announced plans to cut back on local radio programmes last October. Under the proposals, dedicated local programmes were due to end after 2pm on weekdays, with content then shared with nearby stations until 10pm and nationally overnight.
Phil White hosted the lunchtime show while Andy Comfort has been on the 2pm-6pm shift, with both saying an emotional farewell to listeners. Andy tweeted a tribute to colleague Phil on X, formerly Twitter, accompanied by a string of photos of his fellow presenter.
At the end of his final show, Phil said: “I have been very blessed to do this job. I fall into the category of never having really had to work a day in my life because I have enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you if you have been a part of it, it’s been terrific. It will be really weird not doing radio but life goes on.”
Andy added: “I know he doesn’t want a fuss so he’ll probably tell me off but today is the last show for Phil White is about friendship and companionship and Phil gives you that . . . one last masterclass in warm, genuine radio presentation. I’ll miss you, mate.”
Meanwhile, Radio Humberside newsreader Richard Madden paid tribute to Andy, sharing a picture of the presenters all dressed up at Christmas. He said: “Wishing Andy all the best on his final afternoon show. It’s been an honour reading his news bulletins over the years – a great colleague and an even better mate.”
Colleague Lizzie Rose paid tribute to both Andy and Phil. She said: “The last shows today for two Radio Humberside legends Andy Comfort and Phil White and with them goes their warmth, humour, incredible local knowledge, experience and genuine understanding of how to hold people to account. Another sad day. Good luck friends, you’ll be missed.”
The new Radio Humberside schedule will be launched from Monday and, as part of the changes, Richard Stead has been announced as the host of a new afternoon show, broadcast on both Radio Humberside and Radio Lincolnshire. Most of the voices in the new schedules will be familiar to listeners, with some taking on new shows.
Richard will be hosting weekday afternoon shows from 2-6pm. He is already known to listeners of BBC Radio Humberside, having been commentating on Rugby League games for many years.
Katrina Bunker, Senior Head of Production for BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, previously said she was excited by the new line-up. She said: “I’m really proud of the new line-up for East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
“We’ve got some terrific broadcasters who care passionately about the areas they serve. I know they’ll be great champions for local communities and will love entertaining and being at the heart of the local conversation. Our new shared programmes on weekday afternoons and weekend mornings have really big personalities who will bring audiences together for must listen to shows.”
Join the FREE Grimsby Live WhatsApp Community
Get all the latest stories, sent straight to your WhatsApp – all you need to do is click the link.
We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice.
Kofi Smiles will stay on Breakfast at BBC Radio Humberside while Scott Dalton will stay on Breakfast at BBC Radio Lincolnshire. Carla Greene will leave BBC Radio Lincolnshire to take on the 10am-2pm slot at BBC Radio Humberside in her home city of Hull.
Frances Finn takes on daytimes at BBC Radio Lincolnshire (Monday-Thursday), while Richard Stead will host the afternoon show across both stations. Fiona Mills moves from weekend mid-morning at Radio Humberside to weekend breakfast on both stations.
Sean Dunderdale will host on Fridays from 10am-2pm on Radio Lincolnshire and Saturday and Sunday daytimes from 10am-2pm on both Humberside and Lincolnshire. A variety of new community and community of interest programmes begin in the evenings from next month.
Meanwhile, Burnsy has found himself a new role. As well as taking part in Hull Live’s 1904 Club Hull City podcast he has announced a new weekly show on 107 FM on Monday nights, titled Burnsy’s Eclectic Circus. It will begin early in November.