The Breeze (Frome & West Wiltshire)
The Breeze is a radio station broadcasting to the towns of Warminster, Westbury and Trowbridge in West Wiltshire and Frome in East Somerset, England, on 107.5MHz FM and is owned by Bauer Radio and is part of The Breeze network of stations. The station will re-brand as Greatest Hits Radio on 1st September 2020 with the end of all local shows apart from a regional Drive show 4-7pm.
|Broadcast area||Warminster, Westbury, Trowbridge and Frome|
|Slogan||Tune In Feel Good|
|First air date||2 November 2011|
The Breeze was proposed to be called Pride FM, until it was launched on 5 November 2001 and named as 3TR FM. During the launch, the station was owned by The Local Radio Company (TLRC). Jonathan Fido was the first presenter to go on air at 8:30am.
The last song played during the test transmissions was 'Sweet Surrender' by Wet Wet Wet. A specially produced introduction was played that featured voice-over clips with jingles and other segments officially launching the station. The first song played was Wake Up Boo! by the Boo Radleys.
Shortly after the main on-air launch, James Moran and David Stratton (High Sheriff of Wiltshire) unveiled a gold coloured plaque in the reception area, in front of photographers and press reporters.
On 30 June 2008 TLRC announced plans to sell six of its stations, including 3TR. It was purchased by Laser Broadcasting, who later went into administration by 28 October 2008 and the group was bought by South West Radio, who also went into administration by August 2009. YMC Ltd became the next new owners of the station along with four other radio stations (including Brunel FM, Bath FM, Quay West 102.4/100.8 and Quay West 107.4) which ran all five stations as a group. There were to be some local shows, including the breakfast and drivetime shows in the week and networked programming at weekends. On 24 March 2010, the five YMC Ltd stations, including 3TR FM, were closed by administrators after multiple refusals on the part of regulator Ofcom to transfer the licences to them from South West Radio. One Gold Radio Ltd is 3TR FM's latest owner, its fifth in less than two years. The company bought all five stations through an agreement with Gloucestershire's Total Star, owned by Storm Radio Ltd, and from August 2010 the station was re-branded Total Star. 3TR had broadcast from Boreham Mill in Warminster, but the Total Star broadcasts came from Lime Kiln Studios in Wootton Bassett, near Swindon in Wiltshire, and networked shows were from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire.
In May 2011, it was announced that Total Star in West Wiltshire (along with sister stations in Swindon and Bath) was to be re-branded as More Radio from June 2011, because the owners of the stations, One Gold Radio Ltd (now More FM Ltd), had parted company from Total Star group Storm Radio Ltd.
There are both local and networked presenters.
- "Wiltshire radio station's owner goes into administration". Gazette & Herald. 28 October 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2008.
- "Five Laser stations sold". Radio Today. 29 October 2008. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2008.
- Plunkett, John (25 March 2010). "3TR FM among five other radio stations to close". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- RadioToday: Total Star Wiltshire to become More FM
- RadioToday: 'The Breeze extends to Frome and West Wiltshire' 2 Nov