Countdown to the launch of MK’s new local radio stationMay 16, 2013
MKFM will feature local news, travel news, sport, what’s on information and charity appeals alongside a fresh mix of music from the charts and the last 20 years.
The station, which has been broadcasting online, has been campaigning for the return of dedicated local broadcasting for two years and is now available permanently on DAB Digital Radio in Milton Keynes and the surrounding region.
Many former Horizon and Chiltern Radio presenters have joined the station’s line-up.
MKFM’s programmes will be presented from studios in Milton Keynes including the iconic ‘pod’ outside Xscape.
Commercial director Darren Dorrington said: ‘’Radio is one of the key ingredients in communities working together, we will be able to react quickly to local events as well as supporting charities and local business in MK and surrounding areas."
Pictured at the official DAB switch-on at Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes Dons FC chairman Pete Winkelman has welcomed the station’s arrival.
“After years of hard work, I am delighted MKFM is on DAB radio and that Milton Keynes once again has its own, unique radio station which can cater for the people of the city,” he said.
“It is incredibly important that Milton Keynes has its own station – radio remains the medium that people use when they are on the move and by keeping up to date with all the local, travel and community updates we can all stay connected.
“MKFM has already had a significant impact on the community in Milton Keynes and I expect it will make a huge splash on DAB.”
Prominent community figures will also be behind the microphone, including official tourism body Destination MK’s chief executive Steven Gordon-Wilson, who will present a local theatre and arts show on Sunday afternoons followed by PR guru and lobby group Urban Eden chairman Theo Chalmers, whose Uncensored programme aims to expose global conspiracy theories.
Out-going Mayor Cllr Catriona Morris said: ”During my year as Mayor of Milton Keynes I have seen the determination from MKFM to bring local radio back permanently to Milton Keynes. The community needs a voice and I am delighted that MKFM is a vital part of our community.”
MKFM will also be available on 107 FM until mid-June and will still be applying for a permanent FM licence in early 2014.