Sam FM Solent strapline changes to The South’s Greatest Hits

Nation Broadcasting-owned Sam FM South Coast has switched to playing the Greatest Hits and introduced a new breakfast show with Tony Dibbin.

Tony, who hails from the Sam FM TSA, was previously with Global’s Gold and currently hosts daytime on Bauer station Absolute 70s.

Sam FM South Coast’s updated Public File says all programming can be automated up to 24 hours a day and only the weekday drive show, to be hosted by Jono Holmes, will be broadcast from studios located within the station’s approved area.

The station is now independent of the two other Sam FM stations, which continue to be run from Bristol by Bauer/Celador.

The previous strapline, Serious About Music, which was introduced earlier this year to replace We’re In Charge, and has now been dropped in favour of “The South’s Greatest Hits”.

News on Sam FM South Coast is being provided by Bauer from the Wave 105 news team, and the station says some programming items such as news and travel may be compiled by presenters physically located outside of station’s transmission area.

Nation Broadcasting founder and Executive Chairman Jason Bryant told RadioToday: “We believe there is a great opportunity to grow our audience and revenues across the south at Sam FM as we fully focus on serving the music and local information needs of adult listeners across the south”.

Commenting on returning to his home turf, Tony said; “I’m no stranger to playing the greatest hits of all time and, after two decades of hosting morning radio shows across the UK, I can’t wait to help listeners get their day started across the south. With my More Music Breakfast, the No Repeat Workday and Jono Holmes moving across to afternoon drivetime after his holiday, Sam FM has an incredibly strong programme line up on which to build the station as we head into 2020 “.

Sam FM was sold to Nation earlier this year after Bauer bought Celador in May. Nation also owns The Breeze Solent, which is made up of licences in Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester.

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9 Comments
  1. Pat says

    Strong line-up?,automation,no presenters 16 hours a day (20 hours at weekends),one show on weekdays from the area and yet another Greatest Hits station as if we haven’t enough.Wonder if Wave (who now provide the news) will change it’s strapline as having one with South’s Greatest Hits and another with Best Variety of Hits seems a bit confusing.

    1. mb23 says

      When the CMA investigation is complete it could take Greatest Hits Radio under a licence deal with Bauer.

      They can’t do it while the station is in hold separate.

      1. Ian Scott says

        Nation bought the station from Bauer, so there isn’t a hold separate for this station.

        1. Radio Geordie says

          Certainly looking like it. Surprising though as Bauer could’ve just done that themselves with Wave 105 (which was a similar format) – my guess is that one’s going to become Hits Radio instead.
          I was expecting Sam becoming another Nation Radio service, unless that’s what’s going to happen to The Breeze services that Nation also own in the same area.

  2. Dave says

    Yep can see this being Greatest hits radio under licence.

  3. Richard E says

    Where is Tony actually broadcasting from? Golden Square or his own home?
    Then he is on Absolute 70s at 10pm?

    1. Adrian says

      Don’t know where he is broadcasting from but apparently not within the Sam area as the public file says the only programme that is is the drive time show,also like the other Nation stations there is automation around the clock.He is on Absolute at 10am as well but I don’t know whether that is live.The Nation radio presenters are often on several different stations around the country at the same time or in different day parts,such is the way radio works these days!.

  4. david worth says

    can we please have breeze in salisbury any thing is better than spire fm

    1. Radio Geordie says

      The chances are, if Bauer is allowed to keep that licence, its more likely going to become either Hits Radio or Greatest Hits Radio.

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