|Broadcast area||East of England|
DAB Digital Radio (Cambridge, Norwich & Peterborough)
|First air date||6 September 2006|
|Format||Dance / hip hop / R & B|
|Audience share||7.6% (RAJAR Q4 2012)|
|Owner||Kiss Network, Bauer Radio|
|Sister stations||Kiss 100, Kiss 101|
|Website||KISS FM UK|
- not to be confused with the former dance music station in Yorkshire called Kiss 105
Kiss 105-108 was previously known as Vibe 105-108, Vibe FM and briefly Non-Stop Vibe which ran successfully from 22 November 1997 until relaunched on 6 September 2006 as part of the Kiss network alongside sister station Vibe 101 in Bristol (which became Kiss 101 on the same date) and Kiss 100, London.
All three Kiss stations started to carry the new Kiss logo, and the core music genre followed Kiss 100's more urban bias (the Vibe music brand was much more dance orientated). Both Kiss 105-108 and Kiss 101 retained some shows and DJs who previously presented under the Vibe brand, but also offered shows that were simulcast by one DJ across two or all three stations including international high profile DJs such as Armin Van Buuren and John Digweed.
The station broadcasts on 106.4 MHz (FM) Mendlesham 20 kW, 106.1 MHz FM (Stoke Holy Cross, near Norwich), 105.6 MHz FM (Madingley, near Cambridge), and 107.7 MHz FM (Gunthorpe; a district of Peterborough).
Kiss 105-108 can frequently be heard across Lincoln, South Essex even the edge of Bedfordshire and Greater London although not officially serving these areas.
Kiss 105-108 broadcast on DAB format to Cambridge, Norwich and Peterborough, however this was replaced by a national relay of Kiss 100 in 2013.
The station was founded by the Essex Radio Group, who at the time owned a handful of local radio stations, the largest being Essex FM (now Heart Essex). Shortly after the group was bought by Daily Mail and in 1998 acquired by DMGT.
In 2000, the Essex Radio Group concern of DMGT was purchased by the GWR Group, (now 'Global') in a joint venture with Scottish Radio Holdings (SRH). At this point in time the GWR group also acquired Galaxy 101 in Bristol (Renamed to Vibe 101) from the Chrysalis media group (now 'Global'), extending the Vibe brand to South Wales and the West. For ownership reasons, the two Vibe stations were 'owned' by Vibe Radio Holdings, a company invented by and jointly owned by GWR and SRH. SRH bought both Vibe stations outright from GWR in 2003.
In June 2005 the EMAP group acquired SRH. Emap's radio stations and public magazines was then bought by Bauer in January 2008.
(source: RAJAR Q4 2013)
Kiss 105-108 is commercial market leader reaching 492,000 listeners each week
The station achieved a RAJAR unprecedented 11 consecutive quarterly year on year increases whilst local programmed during key dayparts (under Programme Director Glen White with Stuart Grant on the breakfast show and Michael Lewis on Drive time) from 2007-2010.
- KissKube.com: Kiss 105-108 Live Stream & Radio Player
- Media UK
- Kiss Breakfast with Stuart Grant on myspace (Official)
- Gunthorpe transmitter
- Madingley transmitter
- Mendlesham transmitter
- Stoke Holy Cross transmitter.