New radio station for Bournemouth

A new radio station for Bournemouth is launching next year covering local news and playing the best songs on the radio.

The announcement of Bournemouth One today came 100 years to the day (17 October 2023) after the launch of 6BM – Bournemouth’s first radio station which lasted 16 years.

Bournemouth One will offer a clutter-free service with no long commercial breaks or DJs interrupting the flow of music, and will play popular songs from the 1980s to 2020s, with occasional classics and new songs.

A “20/20 update”, broadcast every 20 minutes, will provide real-time information from a team of journalists and announcers, including breaking news, weather alerts, what’s on, coastal information, live temperature checks and current roadworks/traffic hotspots.

Updates will cover the wider Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area, along with surrounding towns including Wimborne, Ferndown, Verwood and Ringwood.

Sponsorship of regular features such as travel, weather and event listings is available on a first-come first served basis, with only 20 available at launch.

SnowTrax is the first commercial partner to join as weather sponsor. Director Nick Warne says: “Getting involved from the start with a brand new radio station for our area was a no-brainer. We’re delighted to support the service and wish them all the success for the future.”

The station has been five years in the making and was created by local radio directors Sophie Greenwood and Roy Martin, along with a small team of radio professionals.

Sophie Greenwood says: “We’ve got a superb radio station to offer both listeners and advertisers in the local area and we hope everyone will give us a listen by asking their smart speaker to ‘play Bournemouth One’.

Bournemouth One will launch on January 1 2024 online, and on DAB in the near future.

A test stream is now live on, via mobile phone apps, smart speakers and TuneIn.