106 Jack FM (South Coast)

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106 Jack FM (South Coast)
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Broadcast area Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and West Sussex
Slogan Playing What We Want
Frequency 106.0 MHz and 106.6 MHz FM
First air date

30 October 2008 (The Coast 106)

4 July 2011 (106 Jack FM)
Format Classic and Contemporary Hits
Owner Celador Radio Broadcasting
Website 106 Jack FM

106 Jack FM is an adult hits format radio station broadcasting to a stretch of the English South Coast on 106 MHz & 106.6 MHz FM and on DAB Digital (on NOW South Hampshire). It broadcasts from its Roman Landing studios in Kingsway, Southampton alongside its sister station The Breeze 107 which is also housed in the same building.


It is operated by Celador who bought Original 106 (Solent) from Canwest in August 2008.[1] It replaced The Coast 106[2] which in turn replaced Original 106 in October 2008, and while initial RAJAR results were encouraging with a healthy increase over those posted by Original, the weekly reach stagnated at around 115,000 by Q1 2011.

Celador rebranded the station as JACK FM, to bring it in line with its sister station in Bristol, also originally broadcasting as Original 106, on 4 July 2011. At the time of the relaunch as JACK fm, all prior presenters were removed from the station, which switched to a format also used by the UK's other JACK stations - a presenter-led breakfast show (hosted by Bam Bam),[3] and automated music at other times. Like all other JACK fm stations, The South's 106 Jack FM runs with a strapline of "Playing What We Want", which does mean that they will not play any requested songs and will only play the music that they want. Former Blake's 7 actor Paul Darrow often records straplines and does voiceovers for Jack FM, and is referred to on the station only as The Voice of Jack.


Analogue (FM)[edit]

Transmitter Site Frequency Power RDS Name PI Code Area
Chillerton Down 106 MHz 4000W JACK fm C385 (C485 Switched) Isle of Wight, South Hampshire, West Sussex and Dorset
Crabwood Farm 106.6 MHz 20W JACK fm C385 (C485 Switched) Winchester
Mannings Heath 106.6 MHz 310W JACK fm C385 (C585 Switched) Bournemouth & Poole

Following the station's previous launch, Coast 106 made use of a Restricted Service Licence from Ofcom to re-broadcast the station to Guernsey. This was done to promote the station to people of Guernsey for when they travel to the mainland.

Digital (DAB)[edit]

Multiplex Name Bitrate Short Label Long Label SID
NOW South Hampshire 64kbit/s JACK fm JACK fm C485 Mono

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Coordinates: 50°54′20″N 1°23′50″W / 50.90556°N 1.39722°W / 50.90556; -1.39722