BBC Wiltshire Sound (1989–2002)[edit]Edit

The station was launched as BBC Wiltshire Sound on 4 April 1989, with its main studios and headquarters in Prospect Place, Swindon. The station was not initially titled 'BBC Radio Wiltshire' because at that time its competitor GWR owned the copyright of 'Wiltshire' and 'Radio' in whatever combination.[1]

The first presenter heard on air was Paul Chantler. The early logo of the station featured the White Horse at Westbury. BBC Wiltshire Sound had a reputation for solid local programming focusing on news and information.

From 1991 to 1994 the station's Programme Editor was Mike Gray, who left to found the successful Kiss 102 and Kiss 105 radio stations in Manchester and Yorkshire. Amongst Gray's innovations was giving 17-year-old Swindon student Mark Franklin his own programmes, which led to him being spotted and hired as a presenter on Top Of The Pops. Other specialist music presenters at the time included leading jazz singer Rosemary Squires.

One of BBC Wiltshire Sound's best-known features was the long-running soap opera Acrebury in which all the characters were voiced by presenter and actor Gerry Hughes, for which he was awarded a Guinness World Record. The city of Salisbury was given its own breakfast show for a time, due to its relative isolation in the south of the county. However both the Salisbury breakfast show and Acrebury were discontinued as part of a virtual relaunch of the station in 2000. Along with a number of presenter departures, the changes led to listener protests at the station's headquarters and unflattering headlines in the local newspaper.

The 2000 relaunch gave listeners in Swindon separate programmes from the rest of the county, introduced in response to the rapid growth of the town and its new unitary authoritystatus. New presenters brought in for the Swindon programmes included Dan Chisholm and Peter Heaton-Jones.

BBC Radio Wiltshire and BBC Radio Swindon (2002–2009)[edit]Edit

On 11 November 2002, the separation was enhanced when the station was effectively split into two different services: BBC Radio Swindon, covering the town and surrounding areas, and BBC Radio Wiltshire for the rest of the county. Originally the two stations had their own discrete programmes for most of the day, but by 2007, following a number of schedule changes and presenter departures, only the breakfast shows remained separate. All other programmes were simulcast on both stations.

BBC Wiltshire (2009–present)[edit]Edit

On 4 April 2009, exactly 20 years after the original launch, the two stations effectively merged again and became a single entity branded as BBC Wiltshire. This became the umbrella name for the radio station and online service, in common with branding policy across most of the BBC local radio network. Swindon initially retained its own breakfast show, for which the branding Swindon's BBC Wiltshire was used. Currently all programmes across the week are broadcast on all BBC Wiltshire frequencies with no Swindon opt outs.


[1]Radio studios on Victoria Hill, Swindon

BBC Wiltshire broadcasts from its studios in Swindon on 103.5 (Newton Barrow, near A360, 5 miles north-west of Salisbury), 104.3 (Naish Hill, near A342 4 miles west of Calne which is for west Wiltshire), 104.9 (Marlborough for east Wiltshire) FM; 1332 (Lacock, near A350, 4 miles south of Chippenham) and 1368 (Old Town, Swindon, near B4006) AMDAB and via the BBC iPlayer. Swindon's BBC Wiltshire broadcasts on 103.6 and its transmitter is located at Blunsdon which is two miles north of Swindon next to the A419 with a terrain height of 450ft.

The station is also carried on the NOW Wiltshire DAB Digital Radio multiplex.

The transmissions can also be heard live on the website


All daytime programmes are broadcast across the county. From 7pm - 10pm each weekday, all BBC local radio stations simulcast the Mark Forrest programme. At 10pm Trevor Fry's late show is broadcast across BBC West. At weekends, Saturday evening & Sunday afternoon/evening programming is shared with BBC South West and BBC West. BBC Wiltshire simulcasts programming from BBC Radio 5 Live overnight.


Time Main presenter(s)/programme Location
0100 – 0500 BBC Radio 5 LiveUp All Night Salford
0500 – 0530 BBC Radio 5 LiveMorning Reports
0530 – 0630 Laura Rawlings Bristol
0630 – 0900 Ben Prater Swindon
0900 – 1200 Mark O'Donnell
1200 – 1400 Graham Seaman
1400 – 1600 Sue Davies
1600 – 1900 Lee Stone
1900 – 2200 Mark Forrest Leeds
2200 – 0100 Trevor Fry Bristol

Wednesday variations[edit]Edit

Time Main presenter/programme Location
0100 – 0130 UK BlackEddie Nestor London
0130 – 0200 Desi DownloadSatnam Rana Birmingham
0200 – 0230 Faith in England: The Reverend Gavin Ashenden Brighton


Time Main presenter(s)/programme Location
0100 – 0500 BBC Radio 5 LiveUp All Night Salford
0500 – 0600 BBC Radio 5 LiveMorning Reports
0600 – 0900 Graham Rogers Swindon
0900 – 1200 Mark O'Donnell
1200 – 1400 Ian Longdon
1400 – 1800 Sport
1800 – 2000 Geoff Barker's Rock 'n' Roll Party Plymouth
2000 – 2200 BBC Introducing Bristol
2200 – 0100 Graham Torrington Plymouth


Time Main presenter(s)/programme Location
0100 – 0500 BBC Radio 5 LiveUp All Night Salford
0500 – 0600 BBC Radio 5 Live
0600 – 0900 Graham Rogers Swindon
0900 – 1100 Mark O'Donnell
1100 – 1300 Marie Lennon
1300 – 1500 Vintage top 40 Gloucester
1500 – 1700 Graham Pass
1700 – 1800 Lee Stone community radio show Wiltshire
1800 – 2000 Manny Masih Gloucester
2000 – 2200 Kevin Philemon
2200 – 0000 Graham Pass Gloucester
0000 – 0100 Sounds of Brass: Phillip Hunt
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