|City of license||Banbury|
|Broadcast area||Banburyshire (northern Oxfordshire)|
|First air date||25 February 2006|
|Audience share||7.0% (September 2013, )|
Banbury Sound was launched on 25 February 2006 by former breakfast presenter Dale Collins. It was previously owned by the Cumbria-based CN Group and was their third station to adopt the Touch FM brand, along with sister stations in Coventry and Stratford-upon-Avon. Programming was networked between the three stations outside of breakfast and drivetime.
The station changed owners on 1 April 2009 making it part of Banbury Broadcasting Company Limited - with staff members John Crutch (Station Director), Anneka Naysmith (Sales Director) and Dale Collins (Director of Programming) as partners in the buyout. Two months later, the station relaunched as Banbury Sound and introduced a full schedule of local output from its studios in the Grimsbury area of Banbury.
After the station was sold again to Touch FM's new owners, Quidem, in October 2010, the station co-located to studios at Honiley in Warwickshire and re-introduced networked programming outside of breakfast. Local weekday daytime and drivetime shows were re-introduced in May 2011.
Banbury Sound broadcasts a mix of national and local news bulletins produced in-house and by Sky News Radio (via IRN). Sky News bulletins air hourly 24 hours a day with fully local news weekdays each hour between 0700-1800. Headlines are broadcast on the half-hour during breakfast and drivetime.
At weekends, Sky News bulletins continue to air hourly with local updates broadcast during breakfast.
- RadioToday.co.uk - Banbury Sound launches, 1 June 2009