BBC Radio Solent


BBC Radio Solent
BBC Radio Solent
Broadcast area Hampshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight
Slogan Loving life in the south, be part of it!
Frequency 96.1 FM, 103.8 FM, 999 MW, 1359 MW, DAB (NOW South Hampshire)
First air date 31 December 1970
Format Local news, talk and music
Language English
Audience share 9.4% (March 2011, [1])
Owner BBC Local Radio,
BBC South
Website BBC 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.

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Transmitters

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

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

Weekdays

Time Main presenter(s)/programme Location
0100 – 0500 BBC Radio 5 Live: Up All Night London
0500 - 0630 Alina Jenkins Southampton
0630 - 0930 Julian Clegg
0930 - 1300 Alex Dyke
1300 - 1600 Katie Martin
1600 - 1900 Steve Harris
1900 - 2200 Roger Day Tunbridge Wells
2200 - 0100 Paul Miller Southampton

Friday variations

Time Main presenter(s)/programme Location
1900 - 2000 The H2O Show Southampton
2000 - 2200 Roger Day Tunbridge Wells

Saturday

Time Main presenter(s)/programme Location
0100 – 0500 BBC Radio 5 Live: Up All Night London
0500 - 0600 The H2O Show Southampton
0600 - 0800 Alina Jenkins
0800 - 1100 Sasha Twining
1100 - 1400 Bubblegum & Cheese: Alex Dyke
1400 - 1800 BBC Radio Solent Sport
1800 - 2100 Dave Cash Tunbridge Wells
2100 - 0100 David Allen Southampton

Sunday

Time Main presenter(s)/programme Location
0100 – 0300 Paul Miller Southampton
0300 - 0500 BBC Radio 5 Live: Up All Night London
0500 - 0600 BBC Radio 5 Live: Morning Reports
0600 - 0900 Tim Daykin Southampton
0900 - 1200 Nick Girdler
1200 - 1400 Georgina Windsor
1400 - 1700 Richard Cartridge
1700 - 1900 FM & MW only: Neil Sackley
1700 - 1900 DAB only: Paul Miller Soul Show
1900 - 2100 BBC Introducing: Phil Jackson Brighton
2100 - 0000 David Allen Southampton

News and Sport staff

Sports Presenters / Commentators

  • Adam Blackmore (Sports Editor)
  • Kris Temple
  • Tony Husband
  • Alan McLoughlin
  • Laurence Herdman
  • Kevan James
  • Andy Moon
  • Sam Fishlock

Newsreaders

  • Marcus White
  • Mike Powell
  • Lucy Morgan
  • Emily Hudson
  • Julie Massiter
  • Fiona Biggs

Reporters

  • Nadine Dukeson
  • Dominic Blake
  • Jo Palmer
  • Tristan Pascoe
  • Harry Crawford
  • Neil Sackley
  • Paul Clifton
  • Geoff Allen (Travel bulletins)

Weather Presenters

  • Alexis Green
  • Reham Khan
  • Sam Fraser

Notable past presenters

  • Kenny Everett (presenter, 1972)
  • John Piper (presenter of Piper's Tune throughout the 1970s, left to launch 2CR in Bournemouth)
  • Richard Skinner (newsreader, left to join BBC Radio 1 in 1973. Now presents for Xfm London)
  • Peter White (the BBC's Disability Affairs Correspondent, worked for Radio Solent from 1967-2006)
  • Carolyn Quinn (now a BBC Radio 4 presenter)
  • Ricky Salmon (Presenter of 'the Lunchtime and Evening News' from 1996-1999. Now a BBC Radio 2 Newsreader)
  • Lee McKenzie

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