Radio Wave 96.5 is an English FM radio station broadcasting to the Blackpool and Fylde coast area. The station's output is broadcast from a specially-constructed transmitter aerial which is situated atop Blackpool Tower. The station was originally called Radio Wave and has also been known as The Wave 96.5.
The quarterly istening figures for the station for the period ending June 2008 from RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research Limited) give a 17% market share in it's surbey area of a total of 240,000 adults (aged 15 and over). The station is listened to by 75,000 (31%) people each week with each listener tuning in an average of eleven hours every week.
In it's first year of broadcasting the station won a Sony Radio Academy Awards Gold Award and was commended in the Local Station of the Year category.
In August 1996 Radio Wave was conirmed by RAJAR as the most listend to radio station in the area, ahead of fourteen other stations which were available including BBC Radio 1, which had half the amount of listeners locally. In 2000 Barnett received an M.B.E. for servies to radio broadcasting. He is now the Chairman of the station.
The station broadcasts a mixture of music and covers local sport and news.
Former BBC 6 Music presenter Vic McGlynn was at Radio Wave from 1992 to 1996. The impressionist and comedian Jon Culshaw presented the Breakast Show. Others who have worked at the station include Wes Butters formerly of BBC Radio 1. The stations News Editor, Andy Mitchell has been with the station since it opened in 1992.