The Breeze (Basingstoke & North Hampshire)

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For the east Hampshire station, see The Breeze (South & East Hampshire).
The Breeze
The Breeze logo.PNG
Broadcast area Basingstoke and surroundings
Slogan "Tune In Feel Good"
Frequency 107.6 MHz
First air date 16 December 2012 [1]
Format Soft AC
Audience share 9.7% (December 2009, [1])
Owner Celador
Website basingstoke.thebreeze.com

The Breeze Basingstoke is a local radio station covering Basingstoke and the surrounding area of North Hampshire, UK and is part of The Breeze Network of stations.

History[edit]

Kestrel FM[edit]

The Basingstoke station launched on 18 May 1998,[2] and is now owned by Celador. The previous owners Milestone launched a free weekly local newspaper, the Basingstoke Observer, in association with Kestrel FM in 2000.

In 2010, 107.6 Kestrel FM in Basingstoke was merged with Delta FM in Alton, Bordon, Haslemere and Petersfield. However, initially the old Delta FM frequencies had a separate Breakfast Show, hosted by Dave Trumper. Outside of weekday Breakfast the former Delta Radio frequencies shared with Kestrel FM 107.6.

By 2011, even this practice seemed to have been discontinued, with all areas receiving programming from Basingstoke.[3]

Celador takeover[edit]

Up until 2012, Kestrel FM was run by the Tindle Radio Group. The station was latterly taken over by Celador and on 16 December 2012, rebranded as The Breeze.

The station continues to broadcast programming from its Basingstoke studios, from where regional programming for the Thames Valley and local news bulletins originate. The East Hampshire frequencies were moved to the Southampton-based Breeze station and 107.6 to the Thames Valley station.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Radio Authority Pocket Book. Radio Authority. June 2000. p. 48. 
  2. ^ Radio Authority Pocket Book. Radio Authority. June 2000. p. 48. 
  3. ^ "Kestrel FM Schedule". Retrieved 2011-12-13. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°15′56″N 1°05′00″W / 51.265461°N 1.083227°W / 51.265461; -1.083227