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 Hits Radio network, although its entire output and playlist is locally produced and takes no network programming.
|Broadcast area||East Dorset, South Hampshire, Isle of Wight, and parts of West Sussex and Wiltshire|
|Frequency||FM: 105.2, 105.8 MHz (Dorset)|
11C (South Hampshire)
|Slogan||The South's Best Variety of Hits|
First air date
|14 June 1998|
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.
Wave 105 began broadcasting on 14 June 1998. News is provided by Wave 105's local news team in conjunction with Sky News.
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 is also noted for having one of the most varied playlists, although it does repeat some songs over three times a day, each week playing over 140 unique songs each week.
Owned by media company Bauer Radio, Wave 105 was initially created by a group of private investors under the name of The Radio Partnership. 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.
|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|
|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|