Community radio station MKFM in Milton Keynes has held an event to mark to submission of its application for a full time FM licence.
The group behind the station has been together for three and a half years and on-air via DAB since February 2013. It has just completed its sixth RSL.
Station management and local MPs gathered at the National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park to celebrate the application, which will be considered by Ofcom within the next 12 months.
MKFM was invited to apply for a full-time licence by the government regulator Ofcom following a debate in parliament by Milton Keynes North MP Iain Stewart. Mr Stewart agreed with MKFM’s programme director Chris Gregg that Milton Keynes should have a dedicated local radio station. Following the debate, Ofcom changed its initial timetable allowing MKFM to apply this year instead of the second half of 2015.
Chris Gregg said: “We have received hundreds of letters and messages of support over the last three and a half years. We have not only proved there is a need for a dedicated radio station in Milton Keynes but have demonstrated how local radio can be the glue of the community. We are grateful to everyone who has supported us and continue to do so.”
Iain Stewart added: “MKFM is more than a radio station, not only have they done a fantastic job supporting local charities and good causes, they have raised awareness of a number of issues and brought people together. I am pleased to support their licence application and wish them the best of luck obtaining a full-time licence. ”
In the photo are:
Chris Gregg – MKFM Founder & Programme Director
Darren Dorrington – MKFM Managing Director
Lia Christodoulou – Head of Keep it Local
Iain Stewart – MP for Milton Keynes North
Derek Eastman – Mayor of Milton Keynes
John Cove – CEO MK Dons SET
Karl Robinson – MK Dons Manager
Peter Marland, leader of Milton Keynes Council
John Gould, President of the Radio Society of Great Britain, said: “The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) is delighted that MKFM has chosen the National Radio Centre (NRC) at Bletchley Park as the venue to launch its FM community licence application. The NRC showcases a range of radio communications technology from the late 19th century through to the present day. The RSGB was also pleased to host the launch of MKFM on digital radio during 2013 as the Society is dedicated to the development of the science and practice of amateur radio. We welcome the developments that technology offers for every type of radio communications.”