Category:Radio stations in Hampshire
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The following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Hampshire – Hampshire is a county on the southern coast of England in the United Kingdom. The county town of Hampshire is Winchester, the capital city of England. The larger South Hampshire metropolitan area has a population of 1,547,000, Hampshire is notable for housing the birthplaces of the Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force. It is bordered by Dorset to the west, Wiltshire to the north-west, Berkshire to the north, Surrey to the north-east, the southern boundary is the coastline of the English Channel and the Solent, facing the Isle of Wight. At its greatest size in 1890, Hampshire was the fifth largest county in England and it now has an overall area of 3,700 square kilometres, and measures about 86 kilometres east–west and 76 kilometres north–south. Hampshires tourist attractions include many seaside resorts and two parks, the New Forest and the South Downs. Hampshire has a maritime history and two of Europes largest ports, Portsmouth and Southampton, lie on its coast. The county is famed as home of writers Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, Hampshire takes its name from the settlement that is now the city of Southampton. Southampton was known in Old English as Hamtun, roughly meaning village-town, the old name was recorded in the Domesday book as Hantescire, and it is from this spelling that the modern abbreviation Hants derives. From 1889 until 1959, the county was named the County of Southampton and has also been known as Southamptonshire. The region is believed to have continuously occupied since the end of the last Ice Age about 12,000 BCE. At this time Britain was still attached to the European continent and was covered with deciduous woodland. The first inhabitants came overland from Europe, these were anatomically and behaviourally modern humans, notable sites from this period include Bouldnor Cliff. Agriculture had arrived in southern Britain by 4000 BCE, and with it a neolithic culture, some deforestation took place at that time, although it was during the Bronze Age, beginning in 2200 BCE, that this became more widespread and systematic. Hampshire has few monuments to show from early periods, although nearby Stonehenge was built in several phases at some time between 3100 BCE and 2200 BCE. It is maintained that by this period the people of Britain predominantly spoke a Celtic language, hillforts largely declined in importance in the second half of the second century BCE, with many being abandoned. Julius Caesar invaded southeastern England briefly in 55 and again in 54 BCE, notable sites from this period include Hengistbury Head, which was a major port. There is a Museum of the Iron Age in Andover, the Romans invaded Britain again in 43 CE, and Hampshire was incorporated into the Roman province of Britannia very quickly
2. Southampton – Southampton, on the south coast of England, is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire. It is 75 miles south-west of London and 19 miles north-west of Portsmouth, Southampton is a major port and the closest city to the New Forest. It lies at the northernmost point of Southampton Water at the confluence of the Rivers Test and Itchen, the city, which is a unitary authority, has an estimated population of 253,651. The citys name is abbreviated in writing to Soton or Soton. Significant employers in the city include the University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University, Southampton Airport, Ordnance Survey, BBC South, Southampton has a large shopping centre and retail park, Westquay. In 2014, the city approved a follow-up from the Westquay park, WestQuay Watermark. This built-up area is part of the area known as South Hampshire. With a population of over 1.5 million this makes the one of the United Kingdoms most populous metropolitan areas. Archaeological finds suggest that the area has been inhabited since the stone age, following the Roman invasion of Britain in AD43 and the conquering of the local Britons in 70 AD the fortress settlement of Clausentum was established. It was an important trading port and defensive outpost of Winchester, Clausentum was defended by a wall and two ditches and is thought to have contained a bath house. Clausentum was not abandoned until around 410, the Anglo-Saxons formed a new, larger, settlement across the Itchen centred on what is now the St Marys area of the city. The settlement was known as Hamwic, which evolved into Hamtun, archaeological excavations of this site have uncovered one of the best collections of Saxon artefacts in Europe. It is from this town that the county of Hampshire gets its name, viking raids from 840 onwards contributed to the decline of Hamwic in the 9th century, and by the 10th century a fortified settlement, which became medieval Southampton, had been established. Following the Norman Conquest in 1066, Southampton became the port of transit between the then capital of England, Winchester, and Normandy. By the 13th century Southampton had become a port, particularly involved in the import of French wine in exchange for English cloth. The Franciscan friary in Southampton was founded circa 1233, the friars constructed a water supply system in 1290, which carried water from Conduit Head some 1.7 kilometres to the site of the friary inside the town walls. Further remains can be observed at Conduit House on Commercial Road, the friars granted use of the water to the town in 1310. The town was sacked in 1338 by French, Genoese and Monegasque ships, on visiting Southampton in 1339, Edward III ordered that walls be built to close the town
3. Portsmouth – Portsmouth is a port city in Hampshire, England, mainly on Portsea Island,70 miles south-west of London and 19 miles south-east of Southampton. It is the United Kingdoms only island city and has a population of 205,400, the city forms part of the South Hampshire built-up area, which also covers Southampton and the towns of Havant, Waterlooville, Eastleigh, Fareham, and Gosport. The citys history can be traced to Roman times, a significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth has the worlds oldest dry dock and was Englands first line of defence during the French invasion in 1545. Special Palmerston Forts were built in 1859 in anticipation of invasion from continental Europe. The worlds first mass production line was set up in the city, during the Second World War, the city was a pivotal embarkation point for the D-Day landings and was bombed extensively in the Portsmouth Blitz, which resulted in the deaths of 930 people. In 1982, the city housed the entirety of the forces in the Falklands War. Her Majestys Yacht Britannia left the city to oversee the transfer of Hong Kong in 1997, Portsmouth is one of the worlds best known ports. HMNB Portsmouth is the largest dockyard for the Royal Navy and is home to two-thirds of the UKs surface fleet, the city is home to some famous ships, including HMS Warrior, the Tudor carrack Mary Rose and Horatio Nelsons flagship, HMS Victory. The former HMS Vernon naval shore establishment has been redeveloped as a park known as Gunwharf Quays. Portsmouth is among the few British cities with two cathedrals, the Anglican Cathedral of St Thomas and the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, the waterfront and Portsmouth Harbour are dominated by the Spinnaker Tower, one of the United Kingdoms tallest structures at 560 feet. Nearby Southsea is a resort with a pier amusement park. Portsmouth F. C. the citys football club, play their home games at Fratton Park. The city has several railway stations that connect to London Waterloo amongst other lines in southern England. Portsmouth International Port is a cruise ship and ferry port for international destinations. The port is the second busiest in the United Kingdom after Dover, the city formerly had its own airport, Portsmouth Airport, until its closure in 1973. The University of Portsmouth enrols 23,000 students and is ranked among the worlds best modern universities, Portsmouth is also the birthplace of author Charles Dickens and engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The Romans built Portus Adurni, a fort, at nearby Portchester in the third century. The citys Old English name Portesmuða is derived from port, meaning a haven, and muða and it was mentioned in an Anglo-Saxon Chronicle entry for the year 501, Her cwom Port on Bretene 7 his. ii
4. Capital South Coast – Capital South Coast is a regional radio station owned by operated by Global Radio as part of the Capital radio network. It broadcasts to South Hampshire from studios in Segensworth, Fareham, Radio Victory launched as the first local commercial radio service in the South of England in 1975, transmitting to a small area around Portsmouth. The licence was re-advertised by the Independent Broadcasting Authority The extended licence, now to include Southampton, Radio Victory ceased operations in June 1986, a couple of weeks earlier than the expiry date of its franchise, with a test transmission informing listeners of the closure. The East area sounded livelier and there was a softer sound for the West. The new station were received and relevant, as suggested by slogan Were on your wavelength. In 1987, as part of IBAs demand to end simulcasting on FM and AM, the FM West service became The Power FM and East service became Ocean Sound, with the respective AM services becoming The Gold AM. The North service became The Light FM, Power FM launched on Sunday 4 December 1988 at 10 am. Power FM was designed as a competitor to BBC Radio 1 in the area, with a heavy rotation of chart and Top 40 pop and mainstream dance, with quick hourly news. The opening presenter line-up included Pete Wardman, Bernie Simmons, Chris Kelly, Adrian Lovett, Chris Pearson and Judy James. The launch of Power FM was one hour after that of Ocean Sound, Power FM went on to become a very popular radio station, hosting many events including Power in the Park on Southampton Common. Ten in all were held between 1995 and 2004,1997 proved to be the most popular, over 100,000 people watched Ocean Colour Scene perform live. The stations best remembered presenter was Rick Jackson, now with Wave 105, Rick joined the station in 1996 from 2CRFM in Bournemouth, having started his career at Isle of Wight Radio as Richard Pocock. Rick hosted the breakfast show for 11 years, firstly known as Ricks Rude Awakening, then co-hosting with Ana Schofield, Rachel Brookes, Handy Andy produced the show with also featured street-boy Maximum Bob. Rick moved to sister station Ocean FM before leaving altogether to join the regional station to host its drive time show. The merger saw Ocean Sound and The Light FM merging to create Ocean Sound - Classic Hits, later Ocean FM, in 1994, Capital Radio Group, looking for expansion possibilities, purchased Southern Radio plc, which led to on-air sound changes. In 2005, GWR and Capital Radio Group merged to form GCap Media, in 2008, GCap Media was bought by Global Radio. As part of the purchase of the station by Global Radio, Ashley Tabor announced on September 16,2008 that Power would be rebranded, the stations share of audience dropped from 6% before the rebrand to 3. 9% by May 2009. The station was rebranded as 103.2 Capital FM on 3 January 2011 as part of a merger of Global Radios Galaxy, current breakfast presenters Zoe Hanson and Paul Gillies retained their jobs with the relaunched station while Adam Inker moved from his weekday afternoon timeslot to host drivetime
5. BBC Radio Solent – BBC Radio Solent is the BBC Local Radio service for the Isle of Wight and the English counties of Hampshire and Dorset. It was based until 1991 in South Western House, the railway hotel at the old Southampton Terminus station. The station, which began broadcasting on 31 December 1970, is named after the Solent, in 1996 Radio Solent expanded its coverage into West Dorset by taking over neighbouring BBC Dorset FM, which was formerly an opt-out of BBC Radio Devon. In 2013 a new programme targeted specifically for Dorset listeners on 103. 8FM was launched under the name Breakfast in Dorset, the programme comes from a studio complex based in Dorchester and the programme is also broadcast county wide on DAB. The signal for Hampshire on 96.6 FM, BBC Surreys slogan into the news is, The radio station for Surrey & North-East Hampshire. The majority of the programming is produced and broadcast from Southampton. During off-peak hours, BBC Radio Solent also produces regional programming for the South and South East regions. As with all BBC Local Radio stations, it airs the networked weekday evening shows, originating from BBC Radio Leeds. During the stations downtime, BBC Radio Solent simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live overnight, the stations local presenters include Julian Clegg, Alex Dyke and Paul Miller. Media UK - BBC Radio Solent
6. Heart Dorset & New Forest – Heart Dorset was a British Independent Local Radio station, broadcast from studios at a former branch of MFI on Southcote Road in Bournemouth. Its original name was derived from the fact that its broadcast area included parts of the counties of Dorset, the station was merged with Heart Hampshire in July 2010 to form the regional station Heart South Coast. Former BBC Radio Solent presenter John Piper launched the station in 1980, with the words Good Morning Hampshire, at that time, 2CR consisted of a full service station with music, personalities, phone-ins, and a local news service. Managing Director for the first three years, was Norman Bilton who joined them from Metro Radio in Newcastle, the stations longest serving staff member was office manager Rosemary Mundy, who worked for the station from its launch until 2009. Clarkson was replaced by GWR network presenter Rob Smith in 2002, on 21 June 2010, Global Radio announced plans to close Heart Dorset and merge the station with Heart Hampshire as part of plans to reduce the Heart network of stations from 33 to 16. The new station, Heart South Coast, began from Fareham on 30 July 2010
7. Echo (radio station) – FCOT FM and previously as FCT-FM, Echo FM and Passion is a community radio station broadcast for four weeks each year from two studios at Farnborough College of Technology. The stations management, presentation and production teams are composed of further and higher education students. Throughout its annual broadcast, FCOT FM operates a 24-hour music radio service with presenters from 7am until 9pm every weekday. Originally operating a highly localised service, the station now covers the entire Rushmoor area with a broadcast radius of fifteen miles. Echo 2012 was set to be the biggest and best yet with a refurb on everything including the logo. The station now runs 24/7 during its period and ran from 27 February 2012 until 30 March 2012, with new imaging, a new website. The radio station for 2013 was renamed to FCOT FM and will be returning for 15 April 2013 until 10 May 2013 with a new management team. FCOT FM was originally broadcast under the name FCT-FM, based on an abbreviation of Farnborough College of Technology where the station was and it operated, and still operates, for four weeks per year on a Restricted Service Licence. The station first broadcast during May 1992, with 24-hour output starting in 1995, students also recover costs through additional sponsorship and advertising from local businesses. In the year 2000, FCT-FM was rebranded Passion, the same year, Late Lunch programmes usually have different presenter and producer each weekday. Echo broadcasts a news bulletin hourly between 7am and 7pm inclusive, with information collated from both sources and Independent Radio News. From 7–9pm, Echo airs a range of specialist music programmes, the station also broadcasts a live-music focussed programme called Echo Sessions featuring live performances by Rushmoor-based bands. Since 2011, live studio-based output on a Friday has finished at 5pm, such programmes were originally branded Lunchbox and now air as Bitesize. Finally, until the 2011 running of Echo the station operated a limited live output on Saturdays, live presenter-led output is supplemented by an automated music service overnight and at weekends. Farnborough College of Technology, Echo FM licensee and studio owner
8. Radio Victory – Radio Victory was the independent local radio station for Portsmouth in southern England. It was launched on 14 October 1975 and served south Hampshire, West Sussex and it took its name from the famous historic ship HMS Victory which is preserved at Portsmouth. Victory was one of the first 19 independent stations in the UK and its studios were based in Fratton, Portsmouth. Its FM transmitter, on 95.0 MHz, was at Fort Widley, despite a power of only 0.2 kW, the signal reached Southampton and across the Isle of Wight quite well. The station also broadcast on Medium Wave 257m from Farlington Marshes with a power of 0.2 kW, Victory had three managing directors throughout its life – Guy Paine, John Russell, and finally Bruce Jenkins. Housed in St Marys Institute in Portsmouths Fratton Road, its address was PO Box 257, for most of its life, Victory transmitted from 6 am to 1 am Mondays–Fridays,6 am to 2 am Saturdays and 7 am to midnight on Sundays. This increased to 24-hour broadcasting from the start of the Falklands Conflict, newsreader Penny Guy broadcast news of the first UK warship casualty—the sinking of HMS Sheffield. Listeners were unaware her fiancé Derek was aboard the vessel, Fratton Road in Portsmouth was jammed solid with traffic, drivers blaring their horns in tribute as the airwaves fell silent for the last time. Victory was the first ILR station to lose its franchise, the station was replaced by Ocean Sound which was given a licence for a larger coverage area including Southampton. The name Victory, as a station for the Portsmouth area, was re-invented in 1994 to mark the citys 800th birthday. Victory FM was set up by Mark Samways with the help of Kevin Huffer, alex Bentley, the citys Lord Mayor during the set-up period, was most encouraging and helped by arranging for the council to provide space for the studios in the civic offices for a peppercorn rent. This first outing for the new service acquired a 28-day broadcast licence, called Restricted Service Licence and it returned to the air twice more as Victory FM—over the Christmas period of 1994 and again in 1995 to mark VE Days 50th anniversary. The studios for this period were located in the Anchor House, North End and were loaned by the owners the Bradford, the building had been empty since the Hampshire Building Society closed for business. A total of six 28-day RSL FM broadcasts were made from 1994 to 1998, when Greater Portsmouth was re-issued with its own ILR franchise, Radio Victory won the bid. It returned to the airwaves on 19 September 1999 on 107.4 FM, the station was acquired by TLRC at the end of 1999, and 2000 saw a massive change of personnel. The station later relaunched as Victory 107.4 and 107.4 The Quay, during 2010 PFC sold the station to Celadors radio arm and the frequency became part of a regional station called The Breeze. The local studios in Twyford Avenue used since 1999 were closed, one of Victorys longest running shows was the Victory Roll, its own top-40 chart show aired on Saturday evenings until all ILR stations started simulcasting the Network Chart from Capital Radio. The Victory Roll was compiled from record sales at the Co-op record department in Fratton Road, the shows first catchphrase was everything that touches you
9. The Breeze (Andover) – The Breeze is an independent local radio station serving Andover & North West Hampshire and parts of East Wiltshire. The station is owned & operated by Celador Radio and is part of The Breeze network of stations and it broadcasts from studios at Eastgate House in Andover. Originally launched in May 2008 as Andover Sound by ITV regional news presenter Ian Axton, Andover Sound bought out Kick FM, a station serving Newbury & West Berkshire, in June 2009 - it was rebranded as Newbury Sound a month later. Both Andover and Newbury stations were sold to Celador in August 2011, the rebrand took place on Monday 2 April 2012. In January 2012, the Newbury station was co-located to Andover Sounds studios, however, Breakfast and weekday drivetime programming is now presented from Basingstoke with networked output from Southampton broadcast during off-peak hours. Andover Sound was also named as the Radio Academy South Station of the Year in December 2009, at the 2010 Sony Radio Academy Awards, Andover Sound won silver in the News Journalist of the Year category and was nominated in the Station of the Year category. In June 2010, the station was named as the Arqiva Commercial Radio Station of the Year
10. County Sound Radio (1566 AM) – County Sound Radio was a commercial radio station covering Surrey and north-east Hampshire. It is now broadcast as Eagle Extra on 1566 MW and 91.5 FM, County Sound Radio was launched on 4 April 1983 by Frank Muir on 203 MW and 96.6 FM, broadcasting from The Friary shopping centre in Guildford. In 1986 the FM frequency was changed to 96.4 FM, the FM transmitter is on the Hogs Back, while the AM transmitter, shared with Absolute Radio, is next to the railway line in Farncombe, opposite Broadwater School. County Sound was originally only on air 6am until 9pm, then midnight, with extensions to 5am and 1am. The original line-up included Phil Miles at Breakfast, Paul Owens, Sarah Lucas after lunch, nigel Williams presented the evening show called 96.6. Norman Cunningham was the company Chairman, David Lucas was the launch Managing Director, the following year Powell became Programme Director. When Lucas left in 1986 to become Managing Director of Ocean Sound, County Sound was noted for its long news programmes called County World at lunchtime and 6pm. The County Sound Radio theme was written by board member Les Reed with the slogan The One, the lyrics to the County Sound song were, Here comes the morning, its a brand new day. Open up your heart, and you let a little sunshine through, with County Sound. Well always be here, each and every day, where ever youre going, were going your way. Come with us and ride the airwaves discover something new, on County Sound - the one, County Sound, the one and only one for you. County Sounds mascot was Brewster the Mouse, often seen at fetes, fairs and shows in Surrey and North East Hampshire. As part of a property deal, the station moved most of its departments from its purpose-built studios on top of Guildfords Friary Shopping Centre to a new building in nearby Woking. However, a small facility remained in the Friarys food court where shoppers could look directly into the on-air studio, in 1991 the group merged with Radio Mercury to form the listed plc, Allied Radio plc. FM frequencies 102.7 &96.4 broadcast Radio Mercury, the West Surrey Mercury included programming made from a studio at County Sounds original home - the Friary shopping centre in Guildford. West Surrey had its own dedicated programming on Monday to Friday from 6am till 6. 30pm, all other programming was networked from Mercurys Crawley HQ. Haslemere also had its own breakfast show, on 97. 1FM, County Sound became the name of the AM service on 1476 and 1521, but it wasnt like the County Sound listeners knew and County Sound changed names once more in 1993 to become Mercury Extra. 1521 eventually became part of the Gold network until Global Media handed the licence back to OFCOM in early 2011, a news magazine programme The South Tonight was broadcast on weekdays at 6. 30pm on Mercury and County Sound
11. Eagle Radio – Eagle Radio is a local radio station in the Surrey and North East Hampshire area of England. The station describes itself as the station that loves Surrey and Hampshire and is the highest listened to radio station in the area. Eagle Radio is part of the UKRD Group, for which it has described as a flagship station. Peter Gordon launched 96.4 The Eagle at 7, 45am on 4 January 1996, with the words Hey, the first song played was Uptown Girl by Billy Joel. The station changed its name from 96.4 The Eagle to 96.4 Eagle Radio in February 2007 and has recently been changed to solely Eagle Radio. It launched on DAB Digital Radio on 12 December 2013, leona Graham Mark Goodier Marvin Humes Neil Fox Philippa Collins Official Eagle Radio website
12. Gold (radio) – Gold is a network of oldies radio stations which was formed by the merger of the Capital Gold network and the Classic Gold Network in August 2007. The Classic Gold network was formed from the AM transmissions of the former GWR Groups station licence areas. The original DJs on the incarnation of Capital Gold included Tony Blackburn, Kenny Everett. Most Gold programming is broadcast from the Gold network studio in Leicester Square, London, simon Hirst left Gold in June 2014, leaving Dibbin and Andrews as Golds sole remaining DJs. Capital responded by launching an oldies station,1548 AM Capital Gold on 1 November 1988 on its AM frequency while Capital on FM became 95.8 Capital FM. Both stations received brand-new jingle packages from Muff Murfin and TM Productions in Dallas and these were later followed up by new packages from Californian jingle house Who Did That Music which went on to become well known and essential parts of its music programming. Capital Gold featured a strong presenting lineup such as Diddy David Hamilton and Tony Blackburn, Kenny Everett returned to daily broadcasting at Capital Gold, hosting daytime shows on weekdays until 1994, when his deteriorating health meant he was unable to continue. The mid-late 1990s saw Capital Gold rated Londons most popular AM radio station and this was followed in 1994 with the purchase of the Southern Radio Group. Both Capital Radio plc and GWR Group lobbied the then Radio Authority to allow syndicated programmes to be broadcast on its AM-owned stations. Listeners to the local stations listed above were dismayed that such a huge chunk of local broadcasting were to be eliminated resulting in the loss of jobs. Capital Radio boss David Mansfield maintained that AM listenership had steadily declined and required a consistent, initially the four hours were scheduled in the afternoon drivetime slot with a networked breakfast/morning show hosted by comedian Mike Osman. This surprised many people in the industry as this sidelined Capital Golds biggest radio name at the time Tony Blackburn who had presented the weekday breakfast show to weekends. However, a few months later Blackburn was moved back on the weekday schedule although on the afternoon drivetime slot while local breakfast shows were reintroduced to meet the four-hour requirement. A new jingle package from now defunct jingle company AJ Productions, in 1999 Capital Radio plc acquired Red Dragon FM and its medium wave service Touch Radio in South Wales with the end result being that Capital Gold replaced Touch Radio. 1999 saw the stations reach increase yet again- across the UK, prominent football clubs featured on the show included Arsenal, Spurs, West Ham, Queens Park Rangers, Chelsea and Wimbledon. In 1999 CE Digital, a made up of Capital Radio plc and Emap Radio won local DAB digital radio licences for Manchester, Birmingham. This was followed by wins by Capital Radio plc in Kent, Sussex. Capital Gold actively encouraged listeners to switch to DAB Digital Radio as the benefits of digital enable stereo broadcasts for the first time in its history