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BBC Radio Leeds Launches New Thursday Night Show Aimed at LGBTQ+ Community

BBC Radio Leeds will be bringing a whole new sound to the airwaves on Thursday evenings as it unveils details of two brand new shows to launch tonight.

The new-look Thursday nights will kickstart at 7pm tonight with ‘The Scene’. Celebrating LGBTQ+ life across West Yorkshire, the show will be hosted by Oly Woodcock. Afterwards, YouTuber Ahmed Zaman will present ‘Rated’ from 9pm, where he’ll be talking online trends, gaming and music.

Oly, from Huddersfield, is already a familiar voice for BBC Radio Leeds listeners as their breakfast reporter, and ‘The Scene’ will mark his first presenting job. “It’s primarily aimed at LGBT+ people in West Yorkshire but the show will be accessible to everyone, you can expect my cheeky personality and curious nature mixed with some of the county’s biggest talking points,” Woodcock said. “As a music lover I will personally curate the playlist – so expect the big bangers, new music and many of my favourite artists.”

Meanwhile, ‘Rated’ host Ahmed is an actor, dancer, blogger and vlogger, who will bring an insight to content creators behind some of the most creative channels and social pages in West Yorkshire and beyond.

Ahmed Zaman for BBC Radio Leeds

Ahmed said: “I’m honoured to be part of this new show. It’s never been done before on BBC Radio Leeds and I’m very excited to see what we can develop and where we can take the show. The show is structured around online content so we will be talking about the top-rated things on the internet, who to follow, what’s good, and what’s funny! I will also be playing some old school classics and some new trending songs.”

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Sanjiv Buttoo, Editor of BBC Radio Leeds said: “Following the success of the Monday Night Mixtape, ‘The Scene’ on Thursdays evenings is a celebration of our LGBT+ communities but it’s not exclusive and will have content and music that is relevant for many. With Rated, we know that many young people spend much of their leisure time online so a programme dedicated to them seemed to be a perfect fit. Rated will be presented by Leeds based vlogger Ahmed Zaman who makes his broadcasting debut.”

You can listen to BBC Radio Leeds on 92.4FM, 103.9 FM, 774AM, DAB & Freeview. You can also listen in live and catch-up on shows via BBC iPlayer.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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