|Broadcast area Oxford|
|Slogan "Playing What We Want"|
Audience share 4.6% (May 2013, )
|Frequency DAB,106.4, 106.8 MHz and online |
First air date 1:06 PM BST on 18 October 2007
106 Jack FM is an adult hits format radio station that broadcasts on 106.8 MHz FM in Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. The station is branded as Jack FM. It shares premises with its sister station Jack FM 2 in Summertown, Oxford.
Since launching with its original transmitters at Boars Hill, Oxford on 106.8 MHz and Bicester on 106.4 MHz, the station has added additional transmitters in Wantage, Wallingford and Witney also on 106.4 MHz.
The station is owned by Passion Radio Oxford Ltd. The radio station is the most awarded Local Radio Station in the United Kingdom, having secured 23 industry award wins in just 5 years on air. The breadth of awards won by the station range from Imaging right through to news, programming and the most coveted Station of the Year awards.
Based on an American model, Oxford's 106 Jack FM runs with a strapline of "Playing What We Want" and mostly has no live DJs across daytimes. The music is played out on an automated system interspersed with witty soundbites voiced by former Blake's 7 actor Paul Darrow, referred to on the station only as The Voice of Jack.
In 2010 JACKfm became the first radio station in the United Kingdom to broadcast live from Afghanistan for a week-long series of breakfast broadcasts in conjunction with the M.O.D from Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. The station returned to Bastion and Kandahar again in 2012 for another series of broadcasts and Father's Day special.
The only live shows currently running on the station are The Morning Glory and The Sunday Roast. The Morning Glory is the weekday breakfast show and is hosted by Trevor Marshall and Caroline Verdon. The Big Banana was a live sports show centred on live commentary from Oxford United matches. It was hosted by the station's sports guru Andrew 'Selfy' Self who also commentated live along with Andy Roberts with punditry and opinion from Kev Jordan. The Sunday Roast is a Sunday morning local magazine show hosted by Caroline Verdon.
The radio station runs live local news every hour from 6am till 7pm weekdays, and from 8am till 6pm on weekends with live traffic reports from 6am till 7pm.
Awards for Jack FM
Winner Gold Presenter of the Year (under 2m TSA) (Trevor and Caroline) Winner Gold Station Imaging Winner Bronze Unsung hero
Winner Gold Presenter of the Year (under 2M TSA) (Trevor and Caroline) Winner Silver Breakfast show of the year (under 2m TSA)
Winner Specialist Programme of the Year - The Sunday Roast with Caroline
Silver JACK in Afghanistan The Return
Finalist Caroline Verdon News Journalist
Finalist Station of the Year
Winner Station Imaging Winner Station of the Year 300,000 to 1 Million TSA Winner Trevor Marshall Presenter of the Year 300,000 to 1 Million TSA Finalist Breakfast Show of the Year 300,000 to 1 Million TSA
Winner Gold 2 Strangers and a Wedding Best Competition Winner Bronze News Journalist of The Year Winner Bronze The Sunday Roast Best News and Current Affairs Programme Finalist Best Station Imaging
Winner Newcomer of the year Jessica Parker Finalist Best Newsteam/Newsroom <750,000
Winner Station of the Year 300,000 to 1 Million TSA Winner Social Action Initiative of the Year JACK in Afghanistan Winner Trevor Marshall Presenter of the Year 300,000 to 1 Million TSA Finalist Feature(s) of the Year JACK in Afghanistan Finalist Station Imaging
Winner Bottle PR Social Media Award
Winner Gold Jack in Afghanistan Social Issues / Current Events
Finalist Breakfast Show of the Year Finalist Community Programming JACK in Afghanistan Finalist Programmer Award Ian Walker
Winner Silver Social Issues/Current Events Ali’s Cancer Diaries
Winner Gold Station Imaging Winner Silver Best Community Programming Ali’s Cancer Diaries Finalist Station of the Year
Winner Best Special Programme Ali’s Cancer Diaries Winner Best Imaging Finalist Station of the Year Finalist Best Promotional / Advertising Campaign Save JACK Finalist Trevor Marshall Presenter of the Year
Finalist Best Imaging
Winner Bronze Best Comedy Special Around the World in 80 Phone Calls
Winner Best Station Sound
Silver Best Station Imaging Bronze Best Themed Programming Afghanistan Oxfordshire's Forgotten Army Best News Journalist of the Year JACKfm Newsteam
Winner - Silver Best Station Imaging
In 2009 JACK FM News presenter Ali Booker began documenting her life with cancer via audio diaries which were broadcast on 106 Jack FM (Oxfordshire) In May 2010 Ali was awarded the Silver Sony award. A few weeks later the diaries also won Ali commercial radio’s top award – a Radio Academy Gold Arqiva. Ali's diaries were featured in The Sunday Times on 27.6.2010 and The Independent on 1.7.2010. MP Ed Vaizey also paid tribute to Ali in the House of Commons. Ali died on July 1, 2010 from breast cancer.