MKFM

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Coordinates: 51°48′57″N 0°48′50″W / 51.8158°N 0.8138°W / 51.8158; -0.8138

MKFM
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City of license Milton Keynes
Broadcast area Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Slogan The Beat of MK
First air date 2011
Format CHR
Language(s) English
Webcast UK Radioplayer
Website MKFM.COM

MKFM is a not for profit local radio station for Milton Keynes. The station started in 2011 with trial broadcasts before starting as a full-time service on DAB Digital Radio in February 2013. MKFM was awarded a full-time FM licence for the Milton Keynes area on 19 March 2015 and hopes to begin test transmissions on FM in May 2015.

History[edit]

MKFM was founded by former Heart 103.3 programme controller Chris Gregg. The station started broadcasting on 2 July 2011 on 107FM in Milton Keynes as part of a 28 days restricted service licence. A campaign was launched with the slogan 'On a mission to bring local radio back to Milton Keynes' with listeners asked to support the station's bid for a full-time FM licence. The station continued the campaign with further trial broadcasts in December 2011, July 2012, December 2012, May 2013 and December 2014 on 107FM.[1]

MKFM began test transmissions on DAB Digital Radio across Herts, Beds, Bucks and Northants on 14 February 2013, before launching as a full-time service in May of the same year. MKFM was part of the launch of the local DAB multiplex when Milton Keynes Dons chairman Pete Winkelman and MP Iain Stewart switched on the transmitter in a ceremony at Bletchley Park. [2]

MKFM applied to Ofcom for a full-time FM licence during December 2014.[3] This followed a debate in Parliament by local MP Iain Stewart in May 2014 asking the broadcast regulator to speed up the application process for community radio stations to broadcast on FM.[4] The station's licence application was announced to be successful on 19 March 2015 and the station hopes to begin test transmissions on FM in May.[5]

Programming[edit]

The daytime music is a mix of hits from the last 25 years (1990 onwards) mainly current and recurrent with at least one local artist always on regular daytime rotation. In the evenings, complementary music to the daytime playlist is played with the opportunity for more ‘specialist’ music in genres ranging from dance to R 'n' B, rock and country.

Programming highlights include a weekly ‘local music’ show featuring music from local bands, singers and producers, interviews with artists, a gig guide, gig reviews and regular ‘live session’ recordings. The station also provides a weekly local arts and culture show showcasing the cities wide variety of theatre, artists and authors.[6]

MKFM also provides a wide variety of important and unique community information not available elsewhere locally, including:

  • Original, Milton Keynes focussed News bulletins every hour during weekdays (0600 – 1900) alongside national news from IRN.
  • Dedicated Travel News every 20 minutes on Breakfast and Drive.
  • Hourly Local Weather forecast
  • Hourly community ‘What’s On Guide’ offering free publicity to local community group and charity events during all daytime and many evening and overnight shows.
  • Locally focused Sports bulletins (at 7am, 8am, 1pm, 4pm & 5pm weekdays) including regular updates from the MK Dons
  • Detailed Milton Keynes school closures when required

Weekdays

Time Show Presenter(s)
06.00 The MK Breakfast Show Oliver Dean
10.00 The Mid-Morning Show Darren and Lia
13.00 The Afternoon Show Mikey Faulkner
16.00 MKFM Drive Aimee Vivian
19.00 The Evening Show Matt Rayzie (Mon-Wed) / Vicki McCarthy (Thu)
23.00 Specialist Shows Various
01.00 The Late Show Rob James
03.00 MKFM Non Stop Non Stop Music

Friday Nights

Time Show Presenter
19.00 The Weekend Warmup Alex Grover
21.00 Hed Kandi Zoe Hardman
23.00 Fierce Angel Mark Doyle
01.00 Sister Bliss Various
02.00 Triple Dee Radio Show David Dunne
04.00 Graeme Park Show Graeme Park

Saturdays

Time Show Presenter(s)
06.00 Saturday Breakfast Ian Noakes
10.00 The Saturday Show Darren and Amanda
14.00 Saturday Sport Mark Stevens
18.00 Boombastic 90s
20.00 Anthems Dave Pearce
23.00 BCM Guestmix Becky Hayes
00.00 Vonyc Sessions Paul van Dyk
02.00 Sound Surgery Andy and Neil
04.00 Release Yourself Roger Sanchez

Sunday

Time Show Presenter
06.00 Sunday Breakfast Matt Cadman
10.00 Sunday Morning Phil Fothergill
13.00 Sunday Afternoon James Watts
16.00 Stevens on Sunday Nancy Stevens
18.00 The Bletchley Park Programme Katharine Lynch
19.00 Comedy Cow Radio Ben Robinson
20.00 Classic Dance Andy and Tamsin
22.00 Soul Stew Paul Gray
00.00 Chicane Sun Sets Various
01.00 Ku De Ta BTK (from Bali)
03.00 MKFM Non Stop Non Stop Music

Local Issues[edit]

Topics of interest are regularly covered across all daytime shows with interaction via text, phone, tweets and Facebook on a wide range of subjects. Examples of some of the issues covered over a typical 6-month period have included:

  • Teenage Pregnancy (Brook)
  • Cycling To Work (British Cycling)
  • Volunteering (Get Set Volunteering)
  • A Level Results Advice (MK College)
  • Be Safe Be Seen (Road Safety Officer)
  • Supporting Grassroots Sport (MK Athletics Club)
  • Rare Diease Day (Ted's Gang)
  • A&E Cutbacks (Milton Keynes Hospital)
  • National Citizenship Programme (MK Dons SET)
  • World AIDS Day / Safe Sex (STaSS)
  • Dying Hair Safely (Arcana Salon)
  • Personal Debt (Solicitor)
  • Campaign To Reopen Willen Surgery (Labour candidate)
  • Football Summer Camps (MK Dons Manager)
  • Keeping Fit (Personal trainer)
  • Local Bus Services (Arriva Buses)
  • Making Classical Music Accessible (MK Orchestra / Proms in the Park)
  • Surviving Winter (MK Community Foundation)
  • Divorce (Milton Keynes Family Law)
  • Giving Blood (Blood Transfusion Service)
  • World War I Anniversary (Royal British Legion)

Fundraising[edit]

As a community radio station, MKFM greatly assists many local charities and not for profit organisations in fundraising. Some past examples of this have included a 'superhero taxi' taking to the streets of the city to pick up passengers and raise money for local charity Leo's Appeal.[7] The station has also supported The Henry Allen Trust by taking part in a charity bike ride to Paris, with live updates from the team broadcast exclusively on air.[8]

In total, the station has supported over 500 local events since it launched by offering free Publicity on air, online and on social media. The station also attends events whilst hosting music stages, selling raffle tickets, facepainting, handing out sweets or balloons and providing a free inflatable slide.

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