BBC Radio Solent

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BBC Radio Solent
Broadcast areaHampshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight
SloganLoving life in the south!
Frequency96.1 FM, 103.8 FM, 999 MW, 1359 MW, DAB (NOW South Hampshire)
First air date31 December 1970
FormatLocal news, talk and music
Language(s)English
Audience share8.6% (January 2012, [1])
OwnerBBC Local Radio,
BBC South
WebsiteBBC Radio Solent
 
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BBC Radio Solent
Broadcast areaHampshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight
SloganLoving life in the south!
Frequency96.1 FM, 103.8 FM, 999 MW, 1359 MW, DAB (NOW South Hampshire)
First air date31 December 1970
FormatLocal news, talk and music
Language(s)English
Audience share8.6% (January 2012, [1])
OwnerBBC Local Radio,
BBC South
WebsiteBBC 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, Poole, and Dorchester. It was previously based in South Western House, the former railway hotel at the old Southampton docks terminus station.

The station, which began broadcasting on 31 December 1970, is named after the Solent, the area of sea between Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. In 1996 Radio Solent expanded its coverage into rural Dorset by taking over neighbouring BBC Dorset FM, although a dedicated news and information service was retained for the county.

Transmitters[edit]

Nick Girdler in the BBC Radio Solent studio in Southampton.

The service is broadcast on 96.1 FM and 999 AM for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and on 103.8 FM and 1359 AM for Dorset, DAB (NOW South Hampshire), and via its website using Flash and Windows Media streaming formats.

North and north-east Hampshire[edit]

The signal for Hampshire on 96.1 FM from Rowridge on the Isle of Wight is less clearly audible north of Winchester than the transmissions from other BBC Local Radio stations, so that the north Hampshire town of Basingstoke is officially looked after by BBC Radio Berkshire (on 104.1 FM from Hannington), while towns such as Aldershot, Farnborough and Fleet in the north-east of the county are served by BBC Surrey via their Guildford transmitter on 104.6 FM. BBC Surrey's slogan into the news is: "The radio station for Surrey & North-East Hampshire".

Programming[edit]

Weekdays[edit]

TimeMain presenter(s)/programmeLocation
0100 – 0500BBC Radio 5 Live: Up All NightSalford
0500 – 0630Sam FraserSouthampton
0630 – 1000Julian Clegg
1000 – 1300Alex Dyke
1300 – 1600Katie Martin
1600 – 1900Drivetime
1900 – 2200Mark ForrestLeeds
2200 – 0100Paul MillerSouthampton

103.8 FM - South West Dorset Variants - Weekday[edit]

TimeMain presenter(s)/programmeLocation
0630 – 0900Breakfast in Dorset with Steve HarrisDorchester
0900 - 1000Julian CleggSouthampton

Saturday[edit]

TimeMain presenter(s)/programmeLocation
0100 – 0500BBC Radio 5 Live: Up All NightSalford
0500 – 0600The H2O ShowSouthampton
0600 – 0800Alina Jenkins
0800 – 1100Sasha Twining
1100 – 1400Bubblegum & Cheese: Alex Dyke
1400 – 1800BBC Radio Solent Sport (Portsmouth FC, AFC Bournemouth, Southampton FC commentaries, plus the Non-League show from 17:30 to 18:00.)
1800 – 2000Dave CashTunbridge Wells
2000 – 2100BBC Introducing: The SouthBrighton
2100 – 0100David AllenSouthampton

103.8 FM - South West Dorset Varients - Saturday[edit]

TimeMain presenter(s)/programmeLocation
0800 – 1100Tim Butcher with The Big Dorset BrunchDorchester

Sunday[edit]

TimeMain presenter(s)/programmeLocation
0100 – 0300Paul MillerSouthampton
0300 – 0500BBC Radio 5 Live: Up All NightSalford
0500 – 0600BBC Radio 5 Live: Morning Reports
0600 – 0900Tim DaykinSouthampton
0900 – 1200Nick Girdler
1200 – 1400Georgina Windsor
1400 – 1700Richard Cartridge
1700 – 1900FM & MW only: Neil Sackley
1700 – 1900DAB only: Paul Miller Soul Show
1900 – 2100Roger DayTunbridge Wells
2100 – 0000Bob RobertsSouthampton
0000 – 0100BBC Radio 5 Live: Up All NightSalford

News and Sport staff[edit]

Newsreaders[edit]

  • Marcus White
  • Mike Powell
  • Alan Jennings
  • Shireen Jordan

Sports Presenters / Commentators[edit]

  • Adam Blackmore (Sports Editor)
  • Kris Temple
  • Tony Husband
  • Kevan James
  • Andrew Hawes
  • Andy Moon
  • Ian Wilding

Reporters[edit]

  • Tim Robinson
  • Dominic Blake
  • Jo Palmer
  • Tristan Pascoe (Dorset Political reporter)
  • Jess Parker (Hampshire & IOW Political reporter)
  • Neil Sackley
  • Simon Jupp (Dorset reporter)
  • Laurence Herdman (Dorset reporter)
  • Judy Goodlet (Travel bulletins)
  • Geoff Allen (Travel bulletins)


Weather Presenters[edit]

  • Alexis Green
  • Sarah Farmer

Based in BBC South West (Pre-recorded and sent through ISDN)[edit]

  • Emily Wood
  • Holly Green
  • Dan Downs

Notable past presenters[edit]

External links[edit]