Local radio station, MKFM, started in 2011, with the simple mission of bringing local radio back to Milton Keynes on FM. After 4 years of campaigning, the station has now been granted a full time licence by Ofcom. The decision was made yesterday, and means there are a number of exciting new plans for MKFM.
MKFM have just announced plans that they will be moving into a permanent studio in the Milton Keynes Intu shopping centre, and the FM service will be launched from here in the next few months.
A large number of people supported the campaign, and thorough showing their support helped the station secure it's licence, including members of the public, MPs, MK Dons chairman, the Mayor of Milton Keynes and more. Local charities, businesses, community groups, musicians and sports teams have also showed their support to MKFM, many of whom have benefited form the radio station in one way or another.
Until now MKFM has only been available on DAB Digital radio, but is now able to transmit on FM, with a license that can be renewed every 5 years. A popular station, it has around 20,000 Facebook fans and has achieved around 84,000 listeners each quarter. It seems MKFM has proven itself in popularity and shown it can provide what listeners want, with not just the radio station but also supporting numerous local community events.
The future of MKFM is now underway, and they will be hoping to start test transmissions in May this year.