Radio station wins licence to broadcast full-time

Pete MacFarlane presenting on Red Kite Radio. Image:
Pete MacFarlane presenting on Red Kite Radio. Image:

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

Red Kite Radio, based at the Haddenham Garden Centre, has been awarded a five-year licence following three successful broadcasts during Summerfest.

The 24 hour station will cover Haddenham, Thame and the surrounding villages and will promote local news and issues, charities, schools, sports clubs, churches and community groups.

It will be operated by volunteers with a background in either national or local radio.

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 three 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 through promoting both its annual fundraisers.

Mr MacFarlane added: “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.”

A start date for the new station on an FM frequency has yet to be confirmed but it must be within two years of being awarded a full-time licence.