Wave 105
Wave 105.png
Broadcast areaEast Dorset, South Hampshire, Isle of Wight, and parts of West Sussex and Wiltshire
FrequencyFM: 105.2 MHz
105.8 MHz (Dorset)
DAB:
11B (Bournemouth)
11C (South Hampshire)
RDSWAVE 105
Programming
FormatAC
NetworkHits Radio
Ownership
OwnerBauer Media Audio UK
History
First air date
14 June 1998
Links
WebsiteWave 105

Wave 105 is an Independent Regional Radio station based in Fareham, England, owned and operated by Bauer as part of the Hits Radio network. It broadcasts to East Dorset, South Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex and Wiltshire.

As of March 2022, the station has a weekly audience of 250,000 listeners according to RAJAR.[1]

History

Based in a studio complex at Segensworth East, on the outskirts of Fareham, the station broadcasts on 105.2 MHz (South Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex and Wiltshire) and 105.8 MHz (East Dorset) FM, as well as on DAB digital radio via the South Hampshire and Bournemouth local multiplexes, and online.

Wave 105 began broadcasting on 14 June 1998. News is provided by Wave 105's local news team in conjunction with Sky News Radio.

Wave 105 revealed its highest listening figures ever in December 2013. Audience research from RAJAR showed the station had 438,000 people tuning in, for an average of 10.3 hours a week, delivering 4,520,000 total listening hours each week, making it the commercial leader in the south of England for 2013.

The station was previously the title sponsor of Poole Stadium.

On 19 September 2022, the Bournemouth & Poole relay of Wave 105 on 105.8 FM will be migrated to relaying the programming of Greatest Hits Radio Dorset, as currently broadcast to Weymouth and Dorchester on the former Wessex FM frequencies; Wave 105 will retain its other remaining frequencies.[2] The change will take place on the same day that Greatest Hits Radio South Coast, which currently broadcasts to Bournemouth and Poole on 106.6 FM, transfers to the Nation Radio brand.

Ownership

Owned by media company Bauer, Wave 105 was initially created by a group of private investors under the name of The Radio Partnership.[3] The station was then sold to Kelvin MacKenzie's Wireless Group. The Wireless Group eventually sold Wave 105 to Scottish Radio Holdings (SRH) who were acquired by EMAP in 2005.[4]

Awards

In 2004, Wave 105 won the NTL Commercial Radio Station of the Year award in the category for stations with a potential audience of over one million listeners.[5]

Transmitters

Analogue (FM)

Transmitter Site Frequency Power RDS Name PI Code Area
Chillerton Down 105.2 MHz 10,000W Wave_105 C3AD South Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex and Wiltshire
Poole Relay 105.8 MHz 625W Wave_105 C3AD East Dorset

Digital (DAB)

Multiplex Name Bitrate Short Label Long Label Sld
NOW South Hampshire 128kbit/s Wave 105 Wave 105 C3AD
NOW Bournemouth 128kbit/s Wave 105 Wave 105 C3AD

References

  1. ^ "RAJAR". rajar.co.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  2. ^ RadioToday, 2022-07-13
  3. ^ "About Us". Archived from the original on 15 December 2009.
  4. ^ Scottish Radio accepts Emap offer – BBC On-line – Tuesday, 21 June 2005
  5. ^ "Neil Fox honoured at Commercial Radio awards". Music Week. 25 June 2004. Retrieved 1 March 2011.