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Wycombe Sound was founded in 2013 and completed 3 RSL (Restricted Service Licence) before being granted a 5-year licence and in 2017 winning station of the year

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Our Story

We began our first four-week RSL (Restricted Service Licence) broadcast from the Octagon shopping area of Eden on the 9th December 2013 with The Mayor of High Wycombe opening the station live on The Breakfast Show. Over the four weeks, a whole range of shows were broadcast live including multiple local debate shows, local sport shows, breakfast and drivetime shows. 

We returned in 2014 for our second RSL. Located in BidCo’s Enterprise HQ; once again a whole range of shows were broadcast with The Mayor of High Wycombe, Eric Knowles, Colin Baker and many of the local businesses and personalities joining in over the 4 week period. 

We returned for another four week RSL in 2015. Once again broadcasting on 87.9fm, online and via our App new for the third RSL. It was also our first year broadcasting from our own permanent studios. Many of the shows from the previous RSL’s returned and The Mayor of High Wycombe once again opened the station on the first day. A brand new radio drama set in High Wycombe was launched called ‘Made In Wycombe’ which was written especially for Wycombe Sound, it has a cast of 12 and a production crew trained by the BBC and ITV. 

We spent the first part of 2016 waiting for a communication from Ofcom about our application. In April we received a phone call from Ofcom about our application. We were successful and so we now have a long-term community radio licence. We were one of the first 10 stations in SE England to receive such a licence

After 6 months, which was mostly spent making our transmitter was safely and securely installed and ensuring that we could get the signal from the studio to the transmitter, we were finally given the go-ahead to start transmitting by Ofcom in mid-October. After a week of testing the signal, we decided to switch on the FM transmitter on 31 October. We are now broadcasting on 106.6 FM in the Wycombe area and a bit beyond as well. The key difference this time is that after 28 days we will NOT be switching the station off air, we will continue broadcasting for many more months and years… 

In August 2017 Wycombe Sound 106.6FM was shortlisted in 7 categories of the Community Radio Awards: Station of the Year, Community Programme, Sports Programme, Speech & Journalism, Best Male Presenter, Best Female Presenter and Innovation. 

At the awards in Bristol we won… 

Gold:
Station of the Year

Silver:
Best Female Presenter
(Philippa Sawyer)

Best Male Presenter
(Rob L’Esperance)
Technical Innovation
(Raspberry Pi Uplink)
Speech & Journalism
(The Late Show with Joe Shennan)

Bronze:
Best Sports Show
(Saturday Sports Show)
Best Community Programme
(Mid Mornings)

The Directors

Chris Phillips

Chris Phillips

Managing Director

25 years at BBC Radio Oxford and Radio Berkshire, producing and presenting daytime and weekend programmes, including Children in Need. Director of Jackie Palmer Stage School in Wycombe. Chris has the extensive knowledge and experience required to ensure high production standards for our broadcast output.
PHILIPPA SAWYER

PHILIPPA SAWYER

Programme Director

Philippa spent 20 years in business before retraining in radio production.  She has worked in many community stations as a presenter, producer and trainer. Philippa also produces audio for businesses to use on the web and social media.
Keith Higgins

Keith Higgins

Sports Director

Dedicated sports broadcaster, providing live commentaries on Wycombe Wanderers home games and a fast paced Sports Show for Wycombe Sound. The commentaries & Studio shows have received strong reviews on various Forums. Keith leads a young, enthusiastic sports team and through his training and support, members of the team have won awards and have commentated on live football matches for both commercial 

IN OUR FIRST YEAR

7 nominations 7 awards

At the Community Radio Awards the station received awards in every category where it was nominated

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Local Radio Day

We took part in Local Radio Day from 13 locations with 31 interviews

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Mid Mornings

Over 500 interviews on Mid Mornings
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THE SPORT SHOW

Over 100 sporting outside broadcasts

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