Wave 105

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Wave 105
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Broadcast area East Dorset, South Hampshire, Isle of Wight and parts of West Sussex and Wiltshire
Slogan The South's Best Variety of Hits
Frequency FM: 105.2, 105.8 MHz
RDS: Wave_105
11B (Bournemouth)
11C (South Hampshire)
First air date14 June 1998
Format AC
Owner Bauer Radio
Website planetradio.co.uk/wave-105/

Wave 105 is a British regional commercial radio station broadcasting across East Dorset, South Hampshire, Isle of Wight and parts of West Sussex and Wiltshire. Playing a mix of adult contemporary music, it combines presenter-led shows with local news and information, entertainment guides and competitions. The station forms part of the Bauer City network, although its entire output and playlist is locally produced and takes no network programming.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north­western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north­eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea separates Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom's 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi) were home to an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

East Dorset Non-metropolitan district in England

East Dorset was a local government district in Dorset, England. Its council met in Wimborne Minster between 2016 and 2019.

South Hampshire is a term used mainly to refer to the metropolitan area formed by the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton and their suburbs and commuter towns, in southern Hampshire, England. The area had a population of around 1 million based on the 2001 census, and estimated population of over 1.5 million in 2013. It is the most populated part of South East England, excluding London. The area is sometimes referred to as Solent City but the term is controversial.



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 and online.

Segensworth is a business park near Whiteley and Fareham in Hampshire in England. At the 2011 Census the business park was included in the Park Gate Ward of Fareham Council.

Fareham town in Hampshire, England

Fareham is a market town at the north-west tip of Portsmouth Harbour, between the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton in south east Hampshire, England. It gives its name to the Borough of Fareham. It was historically an important manufacturer of bricks, used to build the Royal Albert Hall, and grower of strawberries and other seasonal fruits. Current employers include Fareham Shopping Centre, small-scale manufacturers, HMS Collingwood and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

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

Sky News is a British free-to-air television news channel and organisation. Sky News is distributed via a radio news service, and through online channels. It is owned by Sky, a division of Comcast. John Ryley is the head of Sky News, a role he has held since June 2006. Sky News is currently Royal Television Society News Channel of the Year, the 12th time it has held the award.

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. The station is also noted for having one of the most varied playlists, each week playing over 1,400 unique songs each week, but still manage to play the same song day after day for months on end.


Owned by media company Bauer Radio, Wave 105 was initially created by a group of private investors under the name of The Radio Partnership. [1] 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. [2]

Bauer Radio is a UK-based radio division of the Bauer Media Group.

The Radio Partnership was a media company which operated radio stations in the UK.

Kelvin Calder MacKenzie is an English media executive and a former newspaper editor. Best known for being editor of The Sun from 1981, the publication was by then established as the Britain's largest circulation newspaper. After leaving The Sun in 1994, he was appointed to executive roles in satellite television and other broadcasting outlets, as well as being involved in a number of publishing enterprises.


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. [3]

NTL Ireland

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Analogue (FM)

Transmitter SiteFrequencyPowerRDS NamePI CodeArea
Chillerton Down 105.2 MHz10,000WWave_105C3ADSouth Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex and Wiltshire
Poole Relay105.8 MHz625WWave_105C3ADEast Dorset

Digital (DAB)

Multiplex NameBitrateShort LabelLong LabelSld
NOW South Hampshire128kbit/sWave 105Wave 105C3AD
NOW Bournemouth128kbit/sWAVE 105WAVE 105C3AD

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  1. http://www.thruthemill.net/about-thru-the-mill
  2. Scottish Radio accepts Emap offer - BBC On-line - Tuesday, 21 June 2005
  3. "Neil Fox honoured at Commercial Radio awards". Music Week . 25 June 2004. Retrieved 1 March 2011.