Academy FM (Thanet)
|Broadcast area||Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Birchington, Westgate-on-Sea and villages|
|Slogan||Thanet's Better Music Mix|
|Frequency||107.8 MHz and online|
|First air date||5 April 2010|
Academy FM (Thanet) is a non-commercial community 24-hour local radio station based in Ramsgate, Kent, England, which broadcasts to the Isle of Thanet. It launched on 5 April 2010, Easter Monday.
The station, based within The Marlowe Academy comprehensive secondary school, Ramsgate, uses two purpose-built studios with RCS Selector and Mastercontrol. The station broadcasts on 107.8 FM and online, and via its own app via the tune-in website.
Academy FM have a number of broadcasters who have worked in commercial radio; these, and some past presenters, have worked in Thanet local radio. Notable presenters include Glen Thompsett, and Marcus Bentley, the Geordie voice of Big Brother. Station presenters provide experience for those school pupils who are involved, and who are responsible for part of the station output.
Since its launch the station has supported a number of events in the area.[which?] It provides open access to community groups, charities and non-profit organisations, and encouragement to local bands and singers to produce and broadcast their music.
Academy FM produces local news in weekday breakfast and drivetime shows and broadcasts national headlines hourly and at other times from Sky News, and gives traffic, travel and local event information. A Saturday sport program is also broadcast. Local organisations and groups are given access through community action spots and are invited to talk on air.
107.8 Academy FM Thanet is the only radio station that broadcasts from Thanet-to-Thanet providing 100% local programming. Music played is from a playlist of over 9000 songs from the mid-1960s to the present day, under a strap line of "Thanet's Better Music Mix".
In December 2015 it was announced that the station would cease broadcasting on 18 December 2015.
- Ofcom Awards Four New Community Radio Licences[not in citation given] Archived 11 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- Archer, David (1 December 2015). "Board of Trustees at Academy FM explain decision to close radio station". Thanet Gazette. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
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