BBC Radio Oxford

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BBC Radio Oxford
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City Oxford
Broadcast area Oxfordshire
Slogan Be part of it
Frequency 95.2 FM & DAB
First air date29 October 1970
Format Local news, talk and music
Language(s) English
Owner BBC Local Radio,
BBC South
Website BBC Radio Oxford

BBC Radio Oxford is the BBC Local Radio station for Oxfordshire, UK.

BBC Local Radio is the BBC's local and regional radio service for England and the Channel Islands, consisting of forty stations. They cover a variety of areas; with some serving a city and surrounding areas, for example BBC Radio Manchester; a county, for example BBC Radio Norfolk; a conurbation, for example BBC WM; or a region, for example BBC Radio Solent.

Oxfordshire County of England

Oxfordshire is a county in South East England. The ceremonial county borders Warwickshire to the north-west, Northamptonshire to the north-east, Buckinghamshire to the east, Berkshire to the south, Wiltshire to the south-west and Gloucestershire to the west.


The station broadcasts on 95.2 FM via the Oxford transmitter, on DAB and online, and live from the BBC's Summertown studios in Oxford between 6 am and 10 pm each weekday, for over 13 hours on Saturdays and 16 hours on Sundays. It also carries regional programming simulcast with the BBC's local radio stations in the South and South East regions. BBC Radio Oxford also produces its own news service from its offices in Oxford with regular reports and outside broadcasts from around Oxfordshire. The weather service is provided by a team in Southampton.

Oxford transmitting station

The Oxford transmitting station is a broadcasting and telecommunications facility, situated on land 129.5 metres (425 ft) above Ordnance Datum to the north east of the city of Oxford, in Oxfordshire, England. It has a guyed steel lattice mast which is 154.4 metres (507 ft) in height to the top of the main steel structure. The UHF television antenna, which consist of a vertical array of transmitting panels, is mounted above the steel structure. The total height of the mast to the top of this UHF antenna is 165.7 metres (544 ft). It is owned and operated by Arqiva.

BBC South

BBC South is the BBC English Region serving southern Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, the majority of West Sussex, eastern and central Dorset, a small part of eastern Gloucestershire, western Berkshire and parts of Buckinghamshire, Surrey and Wiltshire.

BBC South East

BBC South East is the BBC English region serving Kent, East Sussex, part of West Sussex and a small part of Surrey.

According to RAJAR, the station has a weekly audience of 61,000 listeners and a 3.8% share as of December 2018. [1]

Radio Joint Audience Research Limited (RAJAR) was established in 1992 to operate a single audience measurement system for the radio industry in the United Kingdom. RAJAR is jointly owned by the BBC and the RadioCentre. Prior to this, the BBC and RadioCentre’s predecessor carried out their own measurements independently of each other.


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BBC Oxford radio car at the Cowley Road Festival 2010
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BBC Radio Berkshire

BBC Radio Berkshire is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of Berkshire, North Hampshire, and South Oxfordshire. Radio Berkshire broadcasts on 94.6 (Henley-on-Thames), 95.4 (Windsor), 104.1 (Hannington) and 104.4 (Reading) FM from its studios at Thames Valley Park near Reading. The station is also available on DAB, Freeview, and through live streaming on the internet, also on demand for thirty days after broadcast through the BBC iPlayer.

BBC Thames Valley FM was a BBC Local Radio station covering the English counties of Oxfordshire and Berkshire, broadcasting between 1996 and 2000.


Most of BBC Radio Oxford's programming is produced and broadcast from its Oxford studios.

During off-peak hours, BBC Radio Oxford also carries regional programming for the South and South East regions, produced from sister stations including BBC Radio Solent and BBC Radio Kent. During the station's downtime, BBC Radio Oxford simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live overnight.

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. Its studios are located in Southampton, in the same purpose-built office block in Havelock Road as the BBC South Today news studios, and there are district offices in Portsmouth, Newport, Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester. It was based until 1991 in South Western House, the former railway hotel at the old Southampton Terminus station.

BBC Radio Kent radio station

BBC Radio Kent is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of Kent and parts of southeast London.

BBC Radio 5 Live British national radio station

BBC Radio 5 Live is the BBC's national radio service that broadcasts mainly news, sport, discussion, interviews and phone-ins. It is the principal radio station covering sport in the United Kingdom, broadcasting virtually all major sports events staged in the UK or involving British competitors.

The station's local presenters include David Prever (weekday breakfast), Kat Orman (weekday mornings), Lilley Mitchell (weekday afternoons) and Al Ryan (weekday drivetime). Weekend presenters include Tim Smith (Saturday mornings), Bill Buckley (Sunday lunchtime) and Henry Wymbs (Irish Eye, Sunday afternoons).

David Prever is a four time Sony Award winning radio presenter, and thriller author.

Tim Smith is an English broadcaster and radio personality in the UK. It is stated that he started out on university radio whilst studying in York at St. John's College but the College was neither a university or had a radio station at the time. In 1984 he worked for several stations including BBC Radio York and BBC Radio Shropshire. In April 1989, after a short stint with BBC WM, Tim went on to present the weekend early show from 5 to 7 am on BBC Radio 1, where he remained until March 1990, when he was succeeded by Gary King. He occasionally filled in on the weekday early show during 1991. He also presented the 29 June 1989 episode of Top of the Pops alongside Anthea Turner.

Bill Buckley is a radio and television presenter and former actor. For three years, he was a co-presenter of BBC Television's consumer affairs programme That's Life!. He currently presents on BBC Radio Berkshire and has presented shows on BBC Radio Solent, BBC Southern Counties Radio, BBC Radio Devon, BBC Radio Oxford, London talk radio station LBC 97.3, BBC London 94.9 and numerous others.

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