KMFM (radio network)

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For the radio station serving Premont, Texas, see KMFM (FM).
Type Independent Local Radio
Industry Broadcasting
Founded 2003
Headquarters Kent
Products Local Radio
Website [1]

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.

KMFM offers its listeners local news and music.[1] KMFM plays a mix of music, mainly covering the current Top 40 hits after adopting a contemporary hit radio format in 2012.

Previously, KMFM had aimed at an older audience, including many specialist shows catered for the more acquired taste.

Stations[edit]

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[2] NOW Kent

Programming[edit]

Former KMFM logo, prior to September 2012

All stations in the network have shared all programming since March 2012.[3] 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).[4] 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.[5] Saturday breakfast and Sunday afternoons became networked in 2010. The breakfast shows for KMFM Maidstone and KMFM West Kent were merged in January 2011.[6]

Studios[edit]

Originally all seven stations broadcast from studios within their transmission area. KMFM Canterbury moved to the Ashford studio in 2008,[7] and KMFM Shepway and White Cliffs Country joined it in April 2009.[8] KMFM Thanet broadcast from Cliftonville near Margate (having been relocated from Margate harbour). All 3 stations in the West network broadcast from Medway.[9] 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.

News service[edit]

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.[10] This ended in autumn 2011 before being restarted in mid-2012.

Broadcast journalists include.

  • Nicola Everett
  • Rhona Jamieson
  • Martin Jeffries
  • Jessica Banham
  • Nisha Chopra

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