Academy FM (Thanet)

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107.8 Academy FM (Thanet)
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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
Transmitter coordinates 51°21′02″N 1°23′33″E / 51.3505°N 1.3924°E / 51.3505; 1.3924Coordinates: 51°21′02″N 1°23′33″E / 51.3505°N 1.3924°E / 51.3505; 1.3924

107.8 Academy FM (Thanet) is a non commercial community 24-hour local radio station based in Ramsgate, Kent and serving the Isle of Thanet. It launched on 5 April 2010, Easter Monday.[1]

107.8 Academy FM (Thanet) is based within The Marlowe Academy, Ramsgate.Pete Willson, who was instrumental in setting up 107.8 Academy FM also launched TLR 107.2 (now KMFM Thanet) in 1998.

107.8 Academy FM have two purpose-built studios and use RCS Selector and Mastercontrol. The station broadcasts on 107.8 FM and also online as well as via its own app via the tune in website. The station has Twitter and Facebook pages.

Academy FM have a variety of experienced broadcasters who have worked in commercial radio including Bob Mower, Doc Atherton Paul Rutters and Si Kennett. The team bring the experience they have to the students at The Marlowe Academy who are encouraged to get involved with the station and are responsible for some of the station output. Local bands and singers are encouraged to produce music for broadcast. Many of the current and past presenters worked together on Thanet Local Radio including Mike Stevens, Doc Atherton, Bob Mower, the late Howard Evans, Horace, Paul Rutters, Nigel Harris, Patrick Foster and Glen Thompsett. Marcus Bentley the Geordie voice of Big Brother has worked on the station too.

Since its launch the station has been supporting a variety of events in the area. The station provides an open access to community groups, charities and non profit organisations as well as local bands and musicians.

Academy FM produce local news in weekday breakfast and drivetime shows and broadcast national headlines on the hour and at other times from Sky News as well as broadcasting a traffic and travel service and information on local events as well as a dedicated Saturday sport programme. Local organisations and groups are given access via community action spots and 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. The music range played on air is taken from a large playlist which contains over 9000 songs from the mid 1960s to the present day and its strap line is "Thanet's Better Music Mix". The Sunday evening easy listening show goes back even further.


  • Bob Mower
  • Andy Theoff
  • Tom Brooks
  • Horace
  • Si Kennett
  • Patrick Foster
  • Chris Jordan
  • Zach Webb
  • Doc Atherton
  • Paul Rutters
  • James and Mary Pringle
  • Maeve
  • Debbie Day
  • Neil Debling
  • Patch


The licence for the station, along with sister station Academy FM (Folkestone), was granted by OFCOM on 17 June 2009.[2]


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