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BBC Radio Kent

BBC Radio Kent
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City of license Royal Tunbridge Wells
Broadcast area Kent
Slogan Its All Here
Frequency 96.7 FM, 97.6 FM, 104.2 FM, 774 MW, 1602 MW, DAB, Freeview 719
First air date 18 December 1970
Format Local news, talk and music
Language(s) English
Audience share 8.5% (March 2011, [1])
Owner BBC Local Radio,
BBC South East
Website BBC Radio Kent

BBC Radio Kent is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of Kent and parts of southeast London.

It broadcasts on FM on 96.7 (West Kent, Wrotham transmitter), 97.6 (Folkestone area) and 104.2 (East Kent, Swingate transmitter) also 774 (Littlebourne) and 1602 (Rusthall) MW and DAB.


The radio station was launched in 1970 under the name of BBC Radio Medway, originally only serving the Medway Towns. It broadcast from studios at 30 High Street in Chatham, a former newspaper office which was subsequently named Media House.

The station gained its current name when operations expanded to Kent on 2 July 1983 as part of the BBC's policy of operating countywide stations. Radio Medway was closed down by long serving staff member Rod Lucas, who was also the first voice to be heard on the new BBC Radio Kent.

In July 1986, the studios moved to the nearby Sun Pier, from where it broadcast in stereo for the first time.

In 2001, the station moved to The Great Hall in Royal Tunbridge Wells, to combine with new television studios for the BBC South East region covering Kent and Sussex. From here BBC Radio Kent operates a total of four studios - two for programmes, one for news bulletins, and one network contributions area.

BBC Radio Kent also operates a studio and office in The Wendy House (a building close to the original Sun Pier site in Chatham), and small contributions studios in Dover and Canterbury.

BBC Radio Kent averages around 200,000 listeners a week, and is regularly the most popular local radio station in Kent, with its Breakfast and Drive programmes the most popular.

The station combines the greatest music with the latest news, with news, weather and travel every 20 minutes throughout the day. The station would seem to aimed at a far younger audience than other comparible BBC local radio stations. The station is styled as a Sassy, punchy, in your face radio station which you can't help but listen to and interact with.

The station is unusual in that Monday-Friday, it is 100% speech based from 0600-1000. Breakfast with John and Maggie contains a mix of local and national news, and interaction with listeners by phone, text, twitter, email & Facebook. The programme is much more light hearted in its approach than almost every other BBC Local Radio station breakfast show. Julia George (0900-1200) hosts a phone-in from 0900-1000, gaining local perspectives on news stories that matter to the people of Kent.

Pat Marsh & Steve Ladner (1200-1600) host the mid afternoon show, with heavy listener interaction. A daily challenge is set by the boss, which the duo have to complete with calls from listeners

Dominic King presents drive time, combining themed music with a speech hour from 1640-1740 every day, rounding up the local and international news. His producer is Laura Earl and she regularly interacts with Dom.

From January 2013, BBC Radio Kent's evening programming switched to Mark Forrest's local radio show, broadcast from Leeds, featuring highlights from local radio across the country.

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