Thanet's Academy FM radio station celebrates its second birthday
THANET'S local radio station has celebrated its second birthday.
During a special Thursday morning show, the entire team of Academy FM piled into the studio to mark the event by cracking open a bottle of champagne.
Academy FM founder and station manager Pete Willson said: "It has been a really emotional day for me, as I have started two radio stations in Thanet, the first being Thanet Community Radio. It has been a lot of work but we are still here."
Academy FM is a registered charity and relies on funding from companies and organisation that give out community grants.
Pete said: "We are always trying to raise funds ourselves. It is a relentless task but we are doing OK. We have had a lot of support from our media partners.
"Having our voice is important for the work we do promoting other community organisations. It is never going to be easy and it is really a hard-going slog but we seem to be managing it."
Though it is based at the Marlowe Academy in Ramsgate, Academy FM has spent the last two years mentoring children from schools across Thanet.
Pete said: "We work very closely with students. Every single day now we have a student on air and it is open to pupils from all schools in Thanet who want to learn about running a radio station. We have years and years of experience which we are happy to share with the next generation of broadcasters."
Pete says Academy FM has an exciting year ahead for Thanet with a big announcement on the way, but he isn't giving anything away yet.
He said: "We have a birthday present to give to the people of Thanet but due to legal reasons we cannot reveal it to them for a few months yet."
For more information on Academy FM and how you can support it go to www.academy fmthanet.com and tune in at 107.8FM or online.