Our History

Southsound Radio, owned by Southsound media, is a UK radio station that broadcasts from studios in Bristol. Southsound Radio plays popular music from the 80's, aiming at the 25+ demographic in and around the UK. It has a sister station named Wire radio which plays hit music and aims at the 15 - 25 age range nationwide.

Southsound broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are available Online.


Southsound Radio started broadcasting in 2005. It originally provided both old and new music but in 2009 the owner, Shaun Jones, decided to split the station into two.

In July 2010 both stations were revamped and over the ensuing months went through major musical changes, website design and production. From August 2010 the stations were added to more platforms.

In June 2011 Southsound acquired Watertower Studios. Both Bristol's Southsound Radio & Southsound Gold relocated there.


In 2012 Bristol's Southsound Radio began airing Decadance, presented by former KISS 101 DJ Ant Nichols. It became the first internet radio station to broadcast a show of its type.[citation needed] Former GWR Bristol Presenter Dan Wood was added to the schedule along with 'The Direct UK Chart' show presented by Josh Ellis, replacing the former chart show 'The Fresh Hit 40'. Southsound also became a 'More Music Station', which allowed the station to broaden its playlist, including The Bristol Alternative with more alternative music.

The Big Show

On the bank holiday weekend in August 2012 (25–27 August) Southsound undertook a record 52-hour live broadcast in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. The main presenters, Roger Noble, Josh Ellis & Gary Hopkins raised over £1900 with support from the street team of Chris Hanson & Tony Li. The money helped with the building and construction of the Young Children's cancer ward at The Bristol Children's Hospital, which was completed in November 2012.