BBC Radio Solent
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|City||Southampton and Dorchester|
|Broadcast area||Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight|
|Frequency||96.1 FM (Hampshire and Isle of Wight)|
103.8 FM (Dorset)
Freeview: 722 (Hampshire)
Freeview: 726 (Dorset)
|Format||Local news, talk and music|
|Owner||BBC Local Radio,|
BBC South West
First air date
|31 December 1970|
The station, which began broadcasting on 31 December 1970, is named after the Solent, the area of sea between Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.
In 2013, a new programme targeted specifically for Dorset listeners on 103.8FM was launched under the name Breakfast in Dorset, after campaigns for a more locally focused service. The programme comes from a studio complex based in Dorchester and also broadcasts county-wide on DAB.
North and north-east Hampshire
The signal for Hampshire on 96.1 FM from Rowridge on the Isle of Wight is weaker audible north of Winchester than the transmissions from other BBC Local Radio stations, so that the north Hampshire town of Basingstoke is officially served by BBC Radio Berkshire, while towns such as Aldershot, Farnborough and Fleet in the north-east of the county are served by BBC Radio Surrey.
Local programming is produced and broadcast from the BBC's Southampton studios from 6am - 1am on Mondays - Saturdays and from 6am - 6pm and 10pm - 1am on Sundays.
Some of the station's evening output is also simulcast with sister stations in the BBC South and BBC South East regions. The Sunday evening show with Tony Blackburn (6-10pm) originates from BBC Radio Berkshire in Reading.
Notable current presenters include:
Notable past presenters
- "RAJAR". RAJAR. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
- Yandell, Chris (20 August 2012), "Listener petition to save the Roger Day show on BBC Radio Solent", Southern Daily Echo. Retrieved 27 January 2018