Isle of Wight Radio

Isle of Wight Radio (occasionally shortened to IW Radio) is an independent local radio station in Newport on the Isle of Wight. The station began transmitting from Briddlesford Farm AM transmitter on 15 April 1990. Isle of Wight Radio switched to FM in March 1998, its main transmitter is at Chillerton Down on 107FM, with three low power relays on 102FM in Cowes, Ventnor and Ryde.

Isle of Wight Radio's 20th birthday celebrations
Isle of Wight Radio
Broadcast areaIsle of Wight
SloganSwitch on the Isle of Wight Radio
Frequency102.0 MHz and 107.0 MHz
First air date15 April 1990
Transmitter coordinates50°38′57″N 1°19′44″W / 50.6491°N 1.3290°WCoordinates: 50°38′57″N 1°19′44″W / 50.6491°N 1.3290°W
OwnerIsle of Wight Radio Ltd



Isle of Wight Radio was independently-owned for two years before being purchased by GWR (now Global Radio) and then by The Local Radio Company (TLRC). The station then came under the control of a joint venture between TLRC and the Portsmouth FC,[1] under the name of Quadrant Media Limited, which also owned Spirit FM in Chichester and 107.4 The Quay in Portsmouth. In August 2009, the station was sold in a management buyout by programme controller Paul Topping, Claire Willis, Ian Walker and Hedley Finn, making it independently owned again.[2]

In October 2012, it was announced that the station, alongside local Beacon magazine which it owns, was to merge with Media Sound Holdings, owner of Splash FM, Bright FM, Arrow FM and Sovereign FM, the latter two being former sister stations under TLRC.[3] The merger involved the station's shareholders taking shares in Media Sound Holdings, with Willis and Finn joining the board. It was said that staffing would not be affected[3] with continued broadcast from the Isle of Wight and no plans for content sharing amongst the stations, although this could be considered in future for off-peak hours. The station currently broadcasts a bespoke Isle of Wight mid-morning show presented by Anna Bingham from studios in Worthing, West Sussex.


The station was the Radio Academy's Station Of The Year in 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2013 in the category for stations with a target audience under 1 million.

In 2007, the station won the prestigious Sony Award for Station Of The Year for stations with fewer than 300,000 listeners. It has also won the Arqiva Commercial Radio Station Of The Year award (under 500,000 listeners) for 2012 and 2013, and was nominated for that award in 2011.


  1. ^ Joint venture to be created with Portsmouth FC - the local radio company plc
  2. ^ UKRD/TLRC sells IOW Radio
  3. ^ a b Findon, Ross (5 October 2012). "Merger for Isle of Wight Radio". Isle of Wight County Press. Retrieved 5 October 2012.

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1998 in British radio

This is a list of events in British radio during 1998.

25th Sony Radio Academy Awards

The 25th Sony Radio Academy Awards were held on 30 April 2007 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane in London.

There were 30 categories of award and three special awards.

Alex Dyke

Alex Dyke (born 19 February 1962) is an English Sony Radio Academy Award-winning broadcaster, radio presenter, and disc jockey on BBC Radio Solent.

Allan Lake

Allan Lake (born 13 November 1983 on the Isle of Wight) is a British radio presenter.

Bill Padley

Bill Padley is a Scottish born March 1961, award-winning record producer and songwriter.

He won an Ivor Novello Award on 25 May 2006, for the Christmas number 1 record and best selling single of 2005, "That's My Goal", by The X-Factor's Shayne Ward. Shayne Ward's first single, "That's My Goal", was released in the UK on 21 December 2005. After selling 742,000 copies in the first week (including 313,000 on its first day), it became the Christmas number one single of 2005, held the top spot for four weeks and stayed in the UK Singles Chart until June 2006, a 21-week run. It became (at that time) the fourth fastest-selling UK single of all time, beaten only by Elton John's "Candle in the Wind", Will Young's "Anything Is Possible"/"Evergreen", and Gareth Gates' "Unchained Melody" which sold 685,000, 403,000 and 335,000 copies in their first days of sale respectively. To date, "That's My Goal" has sold over 1.3 million copies in the UK.

Padley is also credited with 3 other UK and international No. 1 hit singles in the UK Singles Chart, including Atomic Kitten's "Whole Again" which earned him a further two Ivor Novello Award nominations in 2002 and is the biggest selling song of the 21st century in the UK by a girl band.He also produced and added additional melody and lyrics to the number one UK single "The Tide Is High (Get the Feeling)" for Atomic Kitten.And was Producer and remixer of the international hit version of "Kiss Kiss" by Holly Valance.

He also had a long and successful career as a radio presenter, notably with Radio Victory,Radio Clyde, BBC GLR, and Isle of Wight Radio,and currently broadcasts on Talk Radio Europe

Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival

Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival is a local event occurring in various venues around Brighstone and Mottistone on the Isle of Wight in England for the winter tourist season. This charitable event raises money for local and national charities


Chillerton is a village between Newport and Chale in the Isle of Wight in southern England. Chillerton is in the middle of a farming community. The appropriate civil parish is called Chillerton and Gatcombe.

The nearby Chillerton Down is the site of an unfinished Iron Age promontory fort and a 229-metre (751 ft) antenna for the Isle of Wight radio station broadcasting on 107.00 MHz, as well as several other stations. It is the village's most prominent feature and can be seen from most parts of the island. It is known as the Chillerton Down transmitting station. Chillerton Down is flown by Paragliders in a E to SE wind and on days with good thermals the top of the mast can be reached.

In 1907, a contract was signed that ensured that properties older than 1907 in Chillerton and nearby Gatcombe would receive free water, while newer homes receive it at a reduced rate. In 2009 Southern Water proposed that everyone to pay the same rate, claiming that the reasoning behind the initial pact is now invalid, as the costs for the original project have since been paid off.Originally, the main school was Chillerton and Rookley Primary School, located on the Main Road in Chillerton. It was a small village school with a total of 43 students on roll from local areas as of 2008. However, in 2010 it was announced that the school would be combining with primary schools in Godshill and Wroxall. The new school would have two campuses, in Godshill and Wroxall.Public transport is provided by Southern Vectis bus route 6, which runs between Newport and Ventnor and Wightbus route 36, running between Newport and Moortown.

Chillerton Down transmitting station

The Chillerton Down transmitting station is a broadcasting facility for FM and DAB radio at Chillerton Down, above the village of Chillerton on the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England (grid reference SZ475835). The transmitter was erected in 1958 and uses a 228.9-metre (751 ft) high guyed steel lattice mast of triangular cross section as an aerial.It was originally used to transmit Southern Television, and later TVS, until the end of VHF television transmissions in the UK at the beginning of 1985. It now transmits Wave 105, 103.2 Capital FM, Sam FM, Isle of Wight Radio, the local Arqiva (NOW S. Hampshire) DAB multiplex and the national Digital One DAB multiplex.

The site is owned and operated by Arqiva.

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight (; also referred to informally as The Island or abbreviated to IoW) is a county and the largest and second-most populous island in England. It is in the English Channel, between 2 and 5 miles off the coast of Hampshire, separated by the Solent. The island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times, and is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, and verdant landscape of fields, downland and chines. The island is designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The island has been home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and to Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home Osborne House at East Cowes. It has a maritime and industrial tradition including boat-building, sail-making, the manufacture of flying boats, the hovercraft, and Britain's space rockets. The island hosts annual music festivals including the Isle of Wight Festival, which in 1970 was the largest rock music event ever held. It has well-conserved wildlife and some of the richest cliffs and quarries for dinosaur fossils in Europe.

The isle was owned by a Norman family until 1293 and was earlier a kingdom in its own right. In common with the Crown dependencies, the British Crown was then represented on the island by the Governor of the Isle of Wight until 1995. The island has played an important part in the defence of the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth, and been near the front-line of conflicts through the ages, including the Spanish Armada and the Battle of Britain. Rural for most of its history, its Victorian fashionability and the growing affordability of holidays led to significant urban development during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Historically part of Hampshire, the island became a separate administrative county in 1890. It continued to share the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire until 1974, when it was made its own ceremonial county. Apart from a shared police force, there is now no administrative link with Hampshire, although a combined local authority with Portsmouth and Southampton was considered, this is now unlikely to proceed.The quickest public transport link to the mainland is the hovercraft from Ryde to Southsea; three vehicle ferry and two catamaran services cross the Solent to Southampton, Lymington and Portsmouth.

Isle of Wight County Press

The Isle of Wight County Press is a local, compact newspaper published every Friday on the Isle of Wight.

It has an audited circulation of 23,006 copies, compared to a local population of 140,500. The paper has seen a drop in circulation of 13,657 between December 2009 and December 2017 (37.25%). The paper had been owned locally from its foundation until July 2017, when it was taken over by Newsquest Media Group.The Isle of Wight County Press website was launched in 1999 and features headline articles updated on a daily basis. These will often appear on the website before featuring in the next issue, allowing readers to be updated daily instead of each week. The website also features videos and photo galleries that would not normally be available in a standard issue. During June 2009 the website passed 1 million views for the first time, attracting a record figure of 1,001,705 coupled with another record of 71,068 unique visitors. The increase in visitor numbers was said to have been boosted by interest in the Isle of Wight Council election results and Isle of Wight Festival coverage. The Isle of Wight County Press passed its 3 million online viewers in January 2013.The first compact issue was released on 3 October 2008. Prior to this the paper had always been published in a broadsheet format. The change was made in a response to surveys carried out by the paper in November 2007 claiming 87 percent of islanders in favour of a compact format. Following the first release of the first compact issue, many islanders found the smaller size unsuitable for use on some jobs such as bee keeping.In June 2017, a takeover offer was received by the paper by Newsquest Media Group, one of the largest local newspaper publishers in the United Kingdom, running other operations locally including the Southern Daily Echo based in Southampton. The offer was met with criticism locally with fears a takeover from a mainland firm could cause the paper to lose its connection to the island. A counter offer made as part of a community bid, however it was ultimately unsuccessful and with the paper being sold to Newsquest in July 2017.In January 2018 the paper ceased being printed in Newbury, instead moving to Newquest's own printing press in Southampton. At the same time the physical size of the paper decreased.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is a heritage railway on the Isle of Wight. The railway passes through 5 1⁄2 miles (9 km) of countryside from Smallbrook Junction to Wootton station, passing through the small village of Havenstreet, where the line has a station, headquarters and a depot. At Smallbrook Junction, the steam railway connects with the Island Line.

Lake, Isle of Wight

Lake is a large village and civil parish located on Sandown Bay, on the Isle of Wight, England. It is six miles south-east of Newport situated between Sandown and Shanklin, and 1 1⁄2 miles (2.4 km) to the east of the hamlet of Apse Heath.

Media Sound Holdings

Media Sound Holdings is a company which was incorporated in 2005 and is based in Uckfield, East Sussex in the United Kingdom. As of 2015 it operates five radio stations in the South of England, and publishes two magazines.In April 2008, Bright FM in Burgess Hill and 107.7 Splash FM in Worthing merged. The company later purchased Arrow FM and Sovereign FM from TLRC in June 2009.In October 2012, it was announced that the company would merge with Isle of Wight Radio, alongside its Beacon magazine, reuniting Arrow FM and Sovereign FM with their former sister station under TLRC. The merger involved the Isle of Wight Radio's shareholders taking shares in Media Sound Holdings, with Claire Willis and Hedley Finn joining the board. It was confirmed that staffing would not be impacted at the station with continued broadcast from the Isle of Wight and no plans for content sharing amongst the stations, though it was stated this may be considered in future for off peak hours.

It was announced in December 2015 that the periodical publication Sussex Living, a glossy lifestyle and local news magazine, had been bought by Media Sound Holdings.In April 2016, the group announced it was re-branding its four Sussex radio stations, Arrow FM, Bright FM, Sovereign FM and Splash FM to More Radio.

More Radio Eastbourne

More Radio Eastbourne, formerly Sovereign FM, is an Independent Local Radio station serving Eastbourne, Hailsham, Polegate and surrounding areas. It is owned and operated by Media Sound Holdings and broadcasts from studios in Worthing, as part of a network of stations across Sussex.

Radio Academy

The Radio Academy is a registered charity dedicated to 'the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK broadcasting and audio production'. It was formed in 1983 and is run via a board of trustees, currently chaired by Yvonne Thompson.The Daily Telegraph has described the Radio Academy as "the industry's most powerful body".

Sandown Bay Academy

Sandown Bay Academy, formerly Sandown High School, was an academy status secondary school located in Sandown on the Isle of Wight, England. From 2012 to 31 August 2018 it was sponsored by the Academies Enterprise Trust. On 31 August 2018, the academy closed.

The Local Radio Company

The Local Radio Company was a British media company, based in Redruth, Cornwall, that owned ten independent local radio stations in the UK. After takeover talks with UTV Media, UKRD Group and Hallwood Financial, UKRD successfully acquired the majority share of the company in June 2009.

Yarmouth Pier

Yarmouth Pier is a Victorian pleasure pier, located in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. It is the longest wooden pier in England, and frequently requires restoration due to the relatively short lifespan of the wooden piles. Following its latest restoration scheme, it reopened to the public in 2008.

After 140 years of operation, it continues to thrive as a tourist attraction.

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