Mix 96 is still going strong after 20 years on the airwaves (but don’t mention the dodgy name idea!)

The Mix 96 team celebrate 20 years in Aylesbury
The Mix 96 team celebrate 20 years in Aylesbury

Mix 96 – Aylesbury’s own local radio station – is celebrating 20 years of serving the Vale.

The station, which attracts around 42,000 listeners a week, celebrated with a special family event in Friars Square on Tuesday.

Mix 96 began in 1994, and was one of the first stations to use digital software to play music instead of CDs.

It was the brainchild of a Bucks business consortium with leading lights including Henry Aubrey-Fletcher who is now Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, and Richard Morris-Adams.

Max Hailey also witnessed the early days of Mix 96 as it is where he began his career.

But he is now back in the fold as the company’s station manager.

He said: “We’ve always had historically high audience figures and it’s great to have a connection with the community that just works.

“I remember lugging breeze blocks up the road to build the studio 20 years ago but it’s great to be back.”

And Mix 96 was almost not Mix 96 at all.

Max said: “From discussions in the run-up to the anniversary I found out that someone wanted to call the 
station Bucks Fizz – that might have worked at the time, but we are all very grateful that it was voted down!

“After all these years we’ve still got the same name as 20 years ago and the logo hasn’t even changed that much.

“It’s great to be part of it.

“I think we are good at being local.

“We are all about Aylesbury Vale, whether that’s providing a great mix of music, running community events or giving people a platform to talk about the news it has always been about Aylesbury and Bucks.”

Tuesday’s event kicked off a year of celebrations, which will see Mix 96’s team take part in a number of local events including the Tour De Vale bike ride.

Max added: “I’m pleased to say things have gone from strength to strength.

“And after 20 years we have more listeners listening longer.”