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106 Jack FM (Oxfordshire)

Jack FM Oxfordshire
Broadcast area Oxford
Slogan "Playing What We Want"
Frequency DAB,106.4, 106.8 MHz and online [1]
First air date 1:06 PM BST on 18 October 2007
Format Contemporary
Audience share 4.6% (May 2013, [2])
Owner Passion Radio (Oxford) Limited, part of OXIS Media.

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.


  • Information 1
    • Awards for Jack FM 1.1
    • Ali Booker 1.2
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


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 – part of OXIS Media. 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.[1]

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.[2]

The only live shows currently running on the station are The Morning Glory, The Big Banana and The Sunday Roast. The Morning Glory is the weekday breakfast show and is hosted by Trevor Marshall, Caroline Verdon and Work Experience Rich. 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.[3] The Sunday Roast is a Sunday morning local magazine show hosted by Caroline Verdon.[4]

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.[5]

Awards for Jack FM

  • 2013: New York Radio Festival Awards

Silver JACK in Afghanistan The Return

  • 2013: Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards

Finalist Caroline Verdon News Journalist

  • 2013: Sony Radio Academy Awards

Finalist Station of the Year

  • 2012: Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards

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

  • 2012: Sony Radio Academy Awards

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

  • 2012: IRN News Awards

Winner Newcomer of the year Jessica Parker Finalist Best Newsteam/Newsroom <750,000

  • 2011: Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards

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

  • 2011: Oxfordshire Business Awards

Winner Bottle PR Social Media Award

  • 2011: New York Radio Festival Awards

Winner Gold Jack in Afghanistan Social Issues / Current Events

  • 2011: Sony Radio Academy Awards

Finalist Breakfast Show of the Year Finalist Community Programming JACK in Afghanistan Finalist Programmer Award Ian Walker

  • 2010: New York Radio Festival Awards

Winner Silver Social Issues/Current Events Ali’s Cancer Diaries

  • 2010: Sony Awards

Winner Gold Station Imaging Winner Silver Best Community Programming Ali’s Cancer Diaries Finalist Station of the Year

  • 2010: Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards

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

  • 2009: Promotions And Marketing Awards

Finalist Best Imaging

  • 2009: New York Radio Festival Awards

Winner Bronze Best Comedy Special Around the World in 80 Phone Calls

  • 2009: Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards

Winner Best Station Sound

  • 2009: Sony Awards

Silver Best Station Imaging Bronze Best Themed Programming Afghanistan Oxfordshire's Forgotten Army Best News Journalist of the Year JACKfm Newsteam

  • 2008: Sony Awards

Winner - Silver Best Station Imaging

Ali Booker

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) [6] 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.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Jack's Voice
  2. ^
  3. ^ Jack's Big Banana
  4. ^ "Jack FM - Sunday Roast". Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Jack FM's Public File
  6. ^ Radio diary wins award
  7. ^ Oxford Mail

External links

  • Official website of 106 Jack FM (Oxfordshire)
  • Transmitter information

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