Former Galaxy and Heart presenter Paul Hayes is to take over the afternoon slot on Radio Aire in Leeds.

Hayes has spent the last three years on Montreal’s CKBE FM 92.5 The Beat. Before that he has worked at Galaxy Yorkshire, TFM, Southern FM and Neptune Radio before hosting the evening show on Heart London.

Paul Hayes

Paul Hayes

He made an emotional farewell on his last show in Canada on Sunday – you can listen to his send-off below.

He told RadioToday: “After three years away from the UK, it felt like the right time to return home. I’m delighted to be joining Radio Aire in Leeds, a station and city I know well having lived there for a couple of years. I’ve always felt huge affection for Yorkshire and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

Euan McMorrow, programme director at Radio Aire, said: “We’re on a mission to give Leeds the best possible music and entertainment during the day, and Paul is just the guy to deliver that. With his track record he’s exactly the right person to deliver Bauer Media’s strategy of distinctive programming that’s tailored for a local market place.”

Hayes will start his new show – which will go out from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday – on July 15.