Dave Stankler

With over 40 years experience working in radio, outdoor, and agency marketing, he has experience across many platforms at the highest level.

From agency Sales Manager at Radio Aire in Leeds in the 1980’s, he moved to media agencies launching the first specialist radio department in a media buying company in the UK, becoming the largest radio buying organisation outside London.

After heading back into radio as MD of commercial radio station, The Revolution, and Station Director of Tower FM both in Greater Manchester in the early 2000’s, he worked with Ofcom to set up a joint community radio sales operation in the county called “Community Radio Network.”

Dave went on to outdoor media as Group Sales Director of Adgroup, which was one of the most diverse media companies in the UK, where Dave led a large team selling airport, ferry, bus, and tram advertising across Europe.

In 2007 he became regional Sales Head of the Lincs FM Group in Yorkshire, looking after the sales operation of 4 stations; Ridings FM, Dearne FM, Trax FM, and Rother Radio, as well as launching a regional sales operation “White Rose Network”

Dave then set up his own media/marketing consultancy “High Five Marketing,” supporting a wide range of clients with marketing/media campaigns, as well as supporting digital agencies, and hosting major events.

Dave is also a Director of the Local Media Network, which specialises in major communications projects from radio programming content, to podcast and training support for businesses and radio stations across the UK, as well as radio training and sales support.

In 2017, Dave was undertaking consultancy work for a group wanting to establish a radio station based in Wakefield, where he joined the board and was instrumental in launching Rhubarb Radio which covers the Wakefield District, Dewsbury and Batley areas, from its state of the art City Centre studios. From small beginnings, the station has grown to be the only locally based radio service in the Wakefield District offering advice, support and entertainment 24/7, with thousands of listeners a week, and has now launched its second station, Rhubarb Smoothies Radio.

As part of a radio consortium, Dave is also a Director of “Mid Yorkshire DAB” which has just won the licence from Ofcom to build and run the Wakefield multiplex DAB network due to launch late 2023, and broadcasting up to 30 radio stations across the area including the 2 Rhubarb stations.