The Breeze (Yeovil & South Somerset)

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The Breeze
Broadcast area Yeovil
Frequency 105.6 MHz and 106.6 MHz
First air date 26 October 2003
Format Hot AC
Audience share 9.5% (September 2007, [1])
Owner Celador Radio Broadcasting
Website The Breeze

The Breeze (formerly Ivel FM and Midwest Radio) is a United Kingdom radio station that broadcasts on 105.6 & 106.6 FM to Yeovil, South Somerset and West Dorset and is part of The Breeze network of stations.

History[edit]

The station was originally called Ivel FM. In 2002, the radio station along with YDR FM, Mirage FM and Merlin FM bid for the licence to serve Yeovil. Ivel FM was victorious and commenced broadcasting in October 2003.[1]

In its final 13th year of statutory life (2003), the Radio Authority awarded its 150th analogue radio licence - on this occasion for the South Somerset area of Yeovil. Four applicants entered the running with the winner being RIL Ltd backed by Launch Director James Richards, now owns and runs Approach Motoring School and Approach Driver Academy Ltd, who came up with the name Ivel FM, because it so symbolises the broadcast area. Ilchester (Ivelchester) and Ilminster (Ivelminster) from the Anglo-Saxon heritage. Ivel FM offered a friendly locally involved radio station aimed at the 25-64 age bracket, with coverage of local news and information and conversation on life in the county and area. Musically, popular favourites from four decades. . Amongst the management of Ivel FM, there was ex-Orchard FM's Christine Haigh, Yeovil Town's Chairman John Fry and Launch Director James Richards, previously Station Manager of Vale FM in Shaftesbury. In its time, the RA issued what's turned out to be an average of 1 new station per month. Ivel FM became operational in October 2003 covering Chard and Ilminster and Sherborne. The launch was deemed to one of the most successful in the RA’s history.

The station's programme controller and breakfast presenter was Steve Carpenter. He has been presenting the Breakfast Show since 2004 and has worked in radio since 1985, previously at DevonAir Radio, Orchard fm, 107.7 WFM and BBC Radio Devon.[2]

Other presenters at the station included Neil Quigley, who is now hosting a programme elsewhere, Scott Temple who still presents on the station, Matt Crabb who now works for Gaydio and David Gale, who currently isn't broadcasting, though there are rumours he may be returning to the airwaves on another station in Somerset in the near future.

First Rebrand[edit]

The station was sold to Midwest Radio Ltd in a deal along with Vale FM.[3]

The owners have subsequently rebranded the station, along with Vale FM as Midwest Radio. The old TLRC branding has disappeared, and the stations shared a single website at www.midwestradio.co.uk. The two stations constitute a mini-network with off-peak shows being simulcast on both stations. Local breakfast on both stations were retained.

The Breeze[edit]

In December 2011, both Midwest Radio Stations were sold to Celador Radio after Midwest Radio Ltd decided not to contest with the Bridgwater licence.[4]

After an approval with Ofcom, both stations have been relaunched as The Breeze at midnight on 25 June 2012, merging with The Breeze in Bridgwater.[5]

Presenters[edit]

See also[edit]

Original station name before the rebrand to Midwest Radio

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°56′38″N 2°38′18″W / 50.9438°N 2.6384°W / 50.9438; -2.6384