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 Hits Radio network, although its entire output and playlist is locally produced and takes no network programming.

Wave 105
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Broadcast areaEast Dorset, South Hampshire, Isle of Wight, and parts of West Sussex and Wiltshire
FrequencyFM: 105.2, 105.8 MHz (Dorset)
11B (Bournemouth)
11C (South Hampshire)
SloganThe South's Best Variety of Hits
OwnerBauer Radio
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.[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]


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]


Analogue (FM)Edit

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)Edit

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


  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.

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