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Wednesday 14th September 2016: Ofcom allocates FM frequency to Red Kite Radio.

Ofcom, the Government broadcasting regulator has now allocated an FM frequency to Red Kite Radio. 107.2FM will be the new home of the first dedicated radio station for Haddenham, Thame and the surrounding villages, which is due to launch in the Spring of 2017.

Mark Chapple, Chairman of Red Kite Radio said: "We're over the moon with this allocation. This is at the top of the dial which makes us easy to find and because it's away from larger broadcasters, it means we'll have a nice clear sound with no interference."

Red Kite Radio was awarded a full-time community radio licence by Ofcom earlier this year. The station came about thanks to the Summerfest Radio broadcasts in support of and funded by the Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust. The team of professional broadcasters, who are all volunteering their time, is currently seeking grant funding for the essential kit and appealing to local people for any donations of computers, office furniture and skills which will help convert a building at the Haddenham Garden Centre into a broadcast studio.

"We've still got lots of work ahead of us before our launch in the Spring, including moving into our permanent home at the Haddenham Garden Centre, building the studio, installing the transmission kit and of course building a music library, albeit a digital one."

Red Kite Radio is a not for profit radio station and run for the benefit of the community. It will be funded through grants and the selling of advertising packages to local business of all sizes. Cost effective packages will open up the prospect of radio advertising to small traders, trades men & women and larger businesses alike. Companies and organisations will be able to benefit from radio advertising at a low price and in return know they're supporting this great new community initiative.

Thursday 28th July 2016: Part time Business Liaison Manager wanted to sell advertising and sponsorship on new radio station.

Red Kite Radio is the new radio station for Thame, Haddenham and surrounding villages, launching in 2017.
Broadcasting from studios at the Haddenham Garden Centre, Red Kite Radio will be the only radio station exclusively serving Thame, Haddenham and surrounding villages. Red Kite Radio will be your radio station with a mix of music from the last 5 decades alongside community news updates, from people and organisations across our broadcast area.

We're looking for a part time Business Liaison Manager:

- You'll sell advertising and sponsorship packages on Red Kite Radio
- Ideally you'll have a background in sales
- A knowledge of the business community in Haddenham, Thame and across our broadcast area would be advantageous
- You'll report directly to the board

This is not your average sales position, we want to build a relationship with businesses. As a not-for-profit radio station, advertisers on Red Kite Radio will be supporting the radio station and its day to day running costs as well as the community that it will serve.

If you'd like to know more and have an informal chat, in the first instance send us an email with a short biog about yourself. Tell us how best you think a not-for-profit community project like Red Kite Radio should engage with businesses in our community.

Closing date: Mon 15 August 2016.

Red Kite Radio is the brainchild of a group of radio professionals with backgrounds in national and local radio. Over the last four years, the founding directors staged the four successful Summerfest Radio broadcasts in support of the Haddenham Beer Festival.

Wednesday 20th April 2016: Haddenham and Thame to get their very own full time radio station

The team behind a series of short term radio broadcasts to support and promote Haddenham's summer beer festivals, has been awarded a full time radio licence by the government regulator Ofcom.

Red Kite Radio, based at the Haddenham Garden Centre, won the five-year licence after convincing the body that this area deserves and can sustain a full time version of its successful Summerfest Radio broadcasts.

Covering Haddenham, Thame and all of the surrounding villages, the team of volunteers, with professional backgrounds in national and local radio, have operated three highly successful short term broadcasts supporting and promoting the Haddenham summer beer festivals (Summerfest) with a fourth due to hit the airwaves this June.

Summerfest Radio began life after a conversation in a pub and has grown ever since, heavily supporting the beer festival, which has also grown significantly during the four summers it has been on the air.

Pete MacFarlane, General Manager of Red Kite Radio said: "We are all delighted to be awarded this licence by Ofcom. The regulator can clearly see the huge amount of support from charities, groups and residents of both Haddenham and Thame for what we do. We'd like to thank the people and organisations who took the time to write and support our application and those who participated in our application research."

Red Kite Radio will continue to support the Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust, promoting not just one but both its annual fundraisers; "Being on air 365 days a year means we will now be able to promote the Winterfest event and cover the various beneficiaries and the subsequent grant awards by the trust throughout the year," added Pete MacFarlane. On air 24 hours a day, the station will cover and promote local news and issues, charities, schools, sports clubs, churches, community groups and offer radio skills training courses to people in the area.

The Red Kite Radio team has two years to launch the FM radio station. Local businesses will have the opportunity to promote themselves through cost effective radio advertising and at the same time know that they are helping to fund a unique broadcast service in the area.

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