What’s your story Leeds?

I’m focussing on interviews for Working Hours at the moment. If it seems like there’s nothing going online at certain times well, there is work going on IRL. I am working on transcripts, arranging more interviews and editing yet others. This project is gathering some momentum now and I want to keep that going. If you haven’t heard the show yet you can listen to it here.

The studio remains open for business. If you have any podcast support needs drop me a line.

Let’s see what I can do to help you make your podcast.


32 25 Working Hours Podcast
32 Downloads and 25 Guests

New episodes of Working Hours are coming. I will be dropping a few at a time again very soon. Unfortunately, a regular weekly schedule is just not possible for this show at the moment. I have neither the capacity nor the resources to deliver Working Hours that way – not yet.


Working Hours is now just 32 downloads away from hitting 500!

If you’d like to listen to this show’s current 22, free to listen to, long form interview podcasts then just click right here!


From theatre to tech-jobs to finance, find out what it’s like to work in Leeds and what work there is to be done in Leeds. Listen to Working Hours – a long form, free to listen to #podcast about a place called #Leeds, a time called now and an activity called work.


Do you like work? Would you change your work? Is your work sustainable?

If you didn’t have to work would you do something different or would you not work at all?

If you know your answers to the above questions and you are from Leeds or in Leeds, then I want to hear about you. Get in touch with me to be a guest on this podcast.

If you want to appear on Working Hours you’ll just need a couple of hours free to record via zoom. I’ll tidy up the file and you’ll get to hear it back before it’s published, just so you’re totally happy with what you have said. Then you can show off to your friends, family, peers and work colleagues when your podcast episode is published and they can all say to you – you were on a what?


I really want to try to interview 25 more guests before Christmas.

So, if you’ve just got a Christmas Temp job tell me about it!

I do really want to try to bag these 25 guests though so if being on a podcast is not for you, but you know someone who would be great on the show let me know about them and what they do.

I especially want to speak to any Loiners from any under-represented communities and to anyone in roles or sectors that I haven’t covered yet.

I am always ready to hear any Loiners opinion on work so contact me now and let’s make your Working Hours episode!


Billboard with Western Studios logo and the words Leeds promote your business
Leeds, make your podcast!

If, like me, you are a Leeds start-up company then you know that creating awareness of you and your business isn’t easy. Advertising is expensive, social media is time consuming and cold calling and mail outs take both time and money. The dream is an evergreen ad that creates awareness of your brand, that you pay for once and that won’t disappear after a short amount of time. That’s why advertising on a podcast, a format that can reach large audiences from one place, is so advantageous. Getting your business and product endorsed by a podcast host is an excellent way to raise awareness of your business and start bringing new people into your sales and marketing funnel.

Advertising on podcasts is a rapidly growing area for all digital marketing and the holy grail of podcast adverts is to have your ad copy in the podcast read by the host. A podcaster with a existing and growing audience has already developed some trust with their listeners and in-show reads are far more likely to be listened to.

My show Working Hours has recently passed 250 downloads and 150 unique listeners and it is continuing to grow at a steady pace, with every episode reaching more people than the last! That’s why I want to offer Leeds based start-ups the chance to advertise on my podcast at a introductory rate now. This show and its episodes are intended to be listened to on an evergreen basis so any ad reads in the episodes will continue to be heard by prospective clients well into the future. As awareness grows of the podcast and more people come to listen (and then begin to listen to previous episodes too) your ad read will still be there for them to hear and find out about you and your products.

Okay, so how much?

I’m offering an introductory rate to Leeds based start ups of £75 for in-episode ad reads*!

And if you book any one of these introductory £75 slots you will also be get 25% off your next podcast ad read! So your next ad will not only reach more people straight away it will also be cheaper!

This offer will run over the next episodes of Working Hours up until episode 40 and you can book slots in advance. To book a slot email with the subject 75 or use the contact page on this website

*The read will be on one episode. If you would like to buy more than one slot or you would like to discuss the possibility of sponsorship please contact me to discuss. If you would like to create a podcast advert that can be used across a number of different podcasts please contact me to discuss.

Psst! Alternatively, you could guest on Working Hours for free and then have a whole episode to discuss your business!! To be on Working Hours email or use the contact sheet to send me some details of your work and some suggestions about your availability.

Listen to podcasts?

So do your customers!

Western Studios makes radio and podcast advertisements, podcasts and commercial audio content for online spaces

My name is Simon Treen and I am a Leeds based podcaster.  I want to help Leeds businesses to find their space in the podcasting and online audio content space.

  • Imagine getting straight in to the ears and head of your customers and their network! Imagine them coming to you to hear it!
  • Imagine your customers waking up excited to hear from your business!
  • Imagine standing out from all your competitors!
  • Broaden access to your brand and let more customers hear your website!

Why you need a presence in the podcast space

  • Podcasts drive engagement and can generate new sales!
  • More of your customers are finding podcasts every day!
  • More of your customers are listening to a growing number of podcasts each week!
  • Podcasts are a great, low cost ways to produce marketing content!
  • Podcasts can be made as ever green branded content!
  • Podcasts can be short – most podcasts are between just 20-40 minutes!
  • Podcast are a fantastic way to get your business’s story across and to let your customers know everything you can do for them!
  • Podcast are a great way to distinguish your brand from others and show off your expertise!
  • Podcasts are intimate and personal – a really great way to build trust with your customers!
  • You can hear you business’s name on Spotify for less than 100 quid!!!!
  • Podcasts are fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Need some support with podcast content? If you need it, I can give it.

Got an idea for a podcast but, don’t know where to start? Get in touch. That’s your start!

Work with a producer who will focus on getting your show made how you want it, for a price you can afford! #leedsmakeyourpodcast

All the benefits of NOT spending ages online training yourself on your own & all the benefits of having someone around to motive you, bounce ideas off and keeping you moving forward! #leedsmakeyourpodcast

Western Studios a local friend for Leeds podcasters and audio creators.

“Are you a #Leedsbusiness? Do you listen to podcasts? So do your customers! Western Studios makes radio and podcast advertisements, podcasts and commercial audio content for online spaces. Visit to find out more.”

New Things

Okay, quick update. The website is being redesigned, prices will be going up and there will be a number of new marketing initiatives that are going to being rolled out over the next year. There will be new campaigns for Working Hours to recruit guests, listeners and supporters for that show. There will be new campaigns to win work for the studio. There will be new equipment coming for the studio and continued development of the studio space. There will be more video content coming and I am also looking into live streaming.

So keep an eye on this space as Leeds looks to open up and level up in 2021.! Personally I am very much looking forward to being able to do both.


Have a listen to me on this week’s Light on Leeds episode! I’m talking to the podcast about my own show Working Hours, you can listen to it here:

There’s not been an episode of Working Hours for a while but they are coming. I will be releasing four episodes next week. First, there will be two episodes released before Western Studios’ 1st anniversary on October, 5th. These episodes will cap off the interviews published within that 1st year of the Studio and gives us a very nice first 20! Following those two episodes, I will be kicking off the second year of Western Studios with 2 more Working Hours episodes being published together after or on the 5th.

There’s much to celebrate with these first 20 episodes; getting nearly 400 downloads, finding over 230 unique listeners and managing to get a pretty good diversity of roles amongst my guests too. It’s been largely luck more than intent in this first year though. I have covered start-ups, public sector roles, professions, artists, teachers, poets, healers and more in these interviews. There are so many more interesting stories and occupations to come yet though, and I’m really excited to hear them.

Remember, if you’re in Leeds or from Leeds you can be on Working Hours, click here to register to appear on the show – leave me a short bio and some ideas of when you can record! I especially want to hear from people on low or poor pay or from any under-represented Loiners. I’d also like to hear any recommendations for people you think should be on the podcast – do you have a local hero who does good work that you’d love to hear interviewed? Or a great employee or employer that you think should be recognised? Tell them to get in touch or let me know about them and I will try to get them on the podcast.

I can’t do this without you Leeds!


Episode 13 now available – Help me in my mission

Work is a Crucible Working Hours

Kara Hazlegrave recorded 22/10/2021 Kara Hazlegrave is Research & Innovation Manager for Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics (based at University of Leeds) where she works with University of Leeds researchers to support the development of emergent, interdisciplinary ideas. Kara helps teams craft applications in response to funding opportunities and connects businesses seeking expertise to specialist research capability. Kara originally studied Anthropology & English Lit as an undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University in the US later studying Biodiversity & Conservation as an MSc at the University of Leeds. Kara then gained working experience in the environment sector including working for regulators (Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency) and for the regulated (Yorkshire Water). To find out more about the Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics go to ( Or follow them (@FLUIDSLEEDS) Ernesto Sirolli ( (Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen! | TED Talk) Support this podcast

Help me in my mission to find 1000 Loiners over this decade and ask them the 2nd question everybody asks me – what do you do?

Episode 13 was published on Monday and is already the most popular episode (so far). In this episode I speak to a Loiner based in Manchester and working as a freelance TV researcher.

Support this show:

  • Help me improve my production quality
  • Advertise the project in Leeds to Loiners
  • Help me find new listeners and guests

For just a pound a month you’ll get exclusive bonus episodes and material as you help me to find new Loiners – more potential guests, listeners and subscribers. If you are from outside Leeds and you find the show interesting and would also like to hear more of it, then you too can support this show for £5 a month. (Consider it a tourist tax – it’s unfair but, you can also cheat it.)

The 2020s is a pivotal decade for our species and our home. So, I want to interview 1000 people from my home over this decade to record their thoughts and feelings around “WORK” and I want to show how their opinions change over this time; along with their ways of working and the sorts of work they are doing.

#tellmeaboutitleeds Leeds, what do you do? #bemyguestleeds Leeds, be on Working Hours #workinghoursleeds get in touch to be on the show #helpmyquestleeds support the shows historic civic mission.


Please excuse the website. I’m working on the next version but it may take me some time. In the meantime please email for any podcast production enquiries and follow Western-Studios on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter for news about Working Hours and other Western Studios, Leeds Ltd productions. Thanks!



#tellmeaboutitleeds #leedsbemyguest

Leeds, please support this show and help me grow my reach to new listeners and guests and to improve my production quality – I need at least £1k for a new laptop and mixer in the immediate term for example.

How can you help?

For just a pound a month you’ll get exclusive bonus episodes and material as you help me to access new people through paying for advertising – more potential guests, listeners and subscribers. If you are from outside Leeds and you find the show interesting and would also like to support you can do so for five pounds a month. Consider it a tourist tax – it’s unfair but, you can always cheat it. 

What are you doing, when is it happening and why?

The 2020s is a pivotal decade for our species and our home. So, I want to interview 1000 Loiners over this decade to record their thoughts and feelings around “WORK” and I want to show how their opinions change over this time; along with their ways of working and the sorts of work they are doing. 

Working Hours wants to ask 1000 Loiners over the 2020s the second question that everybody asks everybody – What do you do? That is its mission and I can’t achieve that on my own. I need a hundred Loiners are year on average and I’m 90 behind on last year. Help me catch up.

#tellmeaboutitleeds Leeds, what do you do? #workinghoursleeds Leeds, be on Working Hours #bemyguestleeds get in touch to be on the show

Leeds, be on Working Hours #bemyguestleeds get in touch to be on the show. #helpmyquestleeds If you are in Leeds or from Leeds then help me to reach my target of interviewing 1000 Loiners over the 2020s asking them the 2nd question that everybody asks everybody. What do you do?

Working Hours is the Leeds podcast

2 Episodes for this year are up now! So, get to it! Have a listen and support this project. Help it to flower and grow. Build our reach into new audiences, guests and donors. And hopefully enjoy them and find them as interesting as I do. Leeds, listen to Working Hours #workinghoursleeds available free wherever you get your podcasts. Leeds, what do you do? #tellmeaboutitleeds 

Leeds, help me make Working Hours. Like, share, follow, subscribe and help to grow my listeners and our ability to reach guests and to improve production quality. You can do this for just a pound a month via Patreon and you’ll get access to exclusive bonus episodes and material from Working Hours included #helpmyquestleeds

Episode 11

Steph Varley recorded 03/02/2021

Steph is a social entrepreneur building an inclusive experience service for children. We discuss setting up a Community Interest Company (CIC); working with various stakeholders, testing technology and working with vulnerable groups. We also touch upon fundraising and Steph’s other job where she now works part time while building up and developing out her CIC.

You can find out more about INC360 at

Episode 12

 Anonymous male recorded 02/02/2021

 My guest this episode worked for 20 years for a firm of stock brokers. Through a personal project of trying to maximise what he could achieved within his lunch hour he has now found himself working within the area of work based well-being. We discuss a number of topics from my guest’s time working at a stockbrokers, looking at some of the myriad things he was able to achieve within those lunch hours and we discuss some of his thinking around the ways that we might raise awareness of well-being at work and also how we might, perhaps, embed some well-being practices in to our workplaces or into our ways of working.


Spring clean for websites in West Riding! It’s time to refresh this thing again! To redevelop. To regenerate. Hopefully for something much fresher better and bolder. I can’t give you a date for this yet but it’s in the works.