THE new studios of a city community radio station are set to open next week.
Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Catriona Morris, will open the MKFM studio in Northfield at 3pm on Wednesday, November 14.
The state-of-the-art facility will be used alongside the broadcaster’s existing ‘studio pod’ outside Xscape.
The station is currently preparing for its fourth trial broadcast month, due to run from November 24 until December 21.
The new studio complex will provide improved facilities for the radio station, including a broadcast newsroom which will enable it to increase its local news coverage and introduce some new community based programmes such as a arts review show on a Sunday with Nancy Stevens.
It will also be used to train the dozens of aspiring broadcasters who volunteer with the radio station and to run workshops for students.
MKFM programme director, Chris Gregg, said the new studio will make a big difference.
“The existing ‘pod’ is important to us because it lets our listeners see that we’re here, we’re local and we’re broadcasting live from MK but we needed more space,” he said.
“The new studio will enhance what we can do behind the scenes as we work towards a permanent FM license.”
There are two more trial broadcasts planned over the next year, followed by an application for a permanent license in around 12 months. The radio station has to wait until the end of next year to apply for a permanent license due to the current community radio licensing system.
MKFM commercial director, Darren Dorrington, added: “We think Milton Keynes is an important city with a unique identity which should have its own dedicated local radio station.
“We’re a not for profit organisation committed to broadcasting high quality programmes with local news, travel, school closures, sports coverage and details of local events and supporting charities, community groups and local businesses.”
To find out more about MKFM and to volunteer visit www.mkfm.com