|Broadcast area||East of England
105.6 - 106.1 - 106.4 - 107.7
|Slogan||The Beat of the UK|
|First air date||6 September 2006|
|Format||Dance / hip hop / R&B|
|Owner||Kiss Network, Bauer Radio|
|Sister stations||Kiss 100, Kiss 101|
|Website||KISS FM UK|
Kiss 105-108 is East Anglia's radio station, playing predominantly dance, hip hop, electronic, urban and R'n'B music across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and North Essex. It has been known as Vibe 105-108, Vibe FM and briefly Non-Stop Vibe which ran successfully from 22 November 1997 until relaunch on 6 September 2006 as part of the Kiss network, alongside sister stations 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 oriented). Kiss 105-108 and Kiss 101 retained some shows and DJs who had 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.
Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, North Essex 106.4 FM Mendelsham Main Transmitter.
North East Norfolk 106.1 FM Stoke Holy Cross Filler Transmitter.
The station has four transmitters in the East of England, Mendelsham in Suffolk on 106.4 at 20KW which can be heard across Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and North Essex. It also has three filler transmitters provided to serve the major cities and surrounding towns. From Stoke Holy Cross near Norwich on 106.1 at 4KW to North Walsham, Wymondham and Great Yarmouth. From Madingley near Cambridge on 105.6 at 1KW to Ely, Newmarket and St Ives and Gunthorpe in Peterborough on 107.7 at a lower power of 200W, which can be heard across the whole of Greater Peterborough, Market Deeping, Crowland, Spalding, Yaxley and Whittlesey.
Kiss 105-108 can frequently be heard across South Lincolnshire, South Essex, and even the edge of Bedfordshire and Greater London, although it does not serve these areas.
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 RAJAR 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.