KMFM (radio network)
|Type||Independent Local Radio|
KMFM is the name of seven Independent Radio stations and one digital station (on the Kent Digital Multiplex) owned by the KM Group, each broadcasting locally to a region of Kent in the United Kingdom. Although similarly branded, the stations are officially eight separate licenses.
Previously, KMFM had aimed at an older audience, including many specialist shows catered for the more acquired taste.
KMFM operates seven local stations on FM throughout Kent, and one county-wide station on DAB on the NOW Kent multiplex. Apart from KMFM Ashford, each station was previously independent before being bought by the KM Group and rebranded.
|Station||Former name(s)||First air date||Frequency(ies)|
|KMFM Ashford||LARK FM (Never used on air)||3 October 2005||107.6 FM|
|KMFM Canterbury||106 CTFM||21 September 1997||106.0 FM|
|KMFM Maidstone||CTR-FM||18 October 2003||105.6 FM|
|KMFM Medway||Medway FM; Mercury FM||September 1997||100.4 FM / 107.9 FM|
|KMFM Shepway and White Cliffs Country||Neptune Radio||29 September 1997||96.4 FM / 106.8 FM|
|KMFM Thanet||TLR||17 January 1998||107.2 FM|
|KMFM West Kent||KFM; Mercury FM||8 July 1995||96.2 FM / 101.6 FM|
|KMFM Extra||km-d; KM Digital||1 May 2004||NOW Kent|
All stations in the network have shared all programming since March 2012. The new county wide show started on Monday 12 March 2012 presented by Rob Wills. The previous local breakfast DJs had been made redundant following the close of their breakfast shows the previous Friday, and all other shows presented by them were also removed from the network.
KMFM Extra, until then a separate station with a separate schedule, was closed down in June 2012 and replaced on DAB with the regular KMFM service. Each station still offers local advertisements and sponsorships (in the case of the DAB and online services, countywide adverts are heard).
Originally each station produced its own programming during daytime. Apart from Medway, from 2007 each station grouped with its neighbour (West Kent and Maidstone; Canterbury and Thanet; Ashford and Shepway and White Cliffs Country) to network programmes between 11am and 7pm. The programmes were merged in April 2009 to create 2 groups with their own networked programming – West (Maidstone, Medway and West Kent) and East (Ashford, Canterbury, Shepway and White Cliffs Country, and Thanet). At other times (evenings and weekends) programming was broadcast across all seven stations.
In September 2009, KMFM were given permission to network all programmes apart from Monday to Saturday breakfast, and Sunday afternoons. Saturday breakfast and Sunday afternoons became networked in 2010. The breakfast shows for KMFM Maidstone and KMFM West Kent were merged in January 2011.
Originally all seven stations broadcast from studios within their transmission area. KMFM Canterbury moved to the Ashford studio in 2008, and KMFM Shepway and White Cliffs Country joined it in April 2009. KMFM Thanet broadcast from Cliftonville near Margate (having been relocated from Margate harbour). All 3 stations in the West network broadcast from Medway. Each station has however retained its sales teams within the transmission area.
Since the arrival of the county-wide breakfast show, all programmes are now produced and broadcast from the Medway studios. The Ashford and Cliftonville studios have been closed.
Initially, each station provided an independent service during peak hours from their respective newsrooms
Local bulletins have since been superseded by a county-wide bulletin. This system operates from 6am until 7pm on weekdays and 8am until 1pm on weekends; outside of those hours KMFM's off-peak news service is provided by Sky News Radio. News bulletins are provided on the hour from the Medway studios; previously the Canterbury studio had been the news hub until this closed in 2009.
Bulletins were also provided at 7.30am, 8.30am, 4.30pm and 5.30pm on weekdays. The half-past bulletins started in September 2006 to replace extended news bulletins at the top of the hour. This ended in autumn 2011 before being restarted in mid-2012.
Broadcast journalists include.
- Nicola Everett
- Rhona Jamieson
- Martin Jeffries
- Jessica Banham
- Nisha Chopra
- Radio Solutions – kentonline.co.uk
- Penny plans to make waves at KM-fm
- KMFM Group can have one breakfast show
- Agreed Change of Format: KMFM West Kent and Maidstone (Page 2)
- KMFM to share more programming
- KMFM merge two breakfasts
- Co-location request for KMFM
- Room for another KMFM in Ashford
- Maidstone's KMFM leaves town
- Detailed List of Format Changes 2004–2007 – Ofcom