Secklow Sounds first broadcast was in December 2011. It's the brainchild of Mike Johnson (Managing Director), who first cut his teeth in broadcasting back in 1989 on Adventist Radio Milton Keynes (ARMK), which went on to produce a series of short-term (RSL) annual broadcasts around Christmas and New Year up until 2008. In 2000, Mike won the Andrew Cross Award from the Churches Media Council for the best programme within the Restricted Services Stations category for his show, Favourite Hymns. In 1999, ARMK was one of only 27 stations licenced by the then Radio Authority to mark the new millennium.
Secklow Sounds is a Community Interest Company (7463071), Limited by Guarantee. It has a Board of Directors (see below) who meet quarterly to set and review strategic goals in line with the Business Plan. There is also a separate Management Commitee that deals with the daily operations of the station.
As part of Mike's work to engage the rich diversity of people within Milton Keynes and encourage social cohesion, he has gathered around him a team of 50 volunteers who who have demonstrated a commitment to establish and maintain a station that is at the heart of the community and which will provide a public service function for Milton Keynes. These volunteers enjoy making and producing programmes that are informative and entertaining; a varying mix of music, competitions, talent events, chat shows and stories which are local and relevant.
Secklow Sounds' ambition is that people from all backgrounds will be producing an unrivalled variety of lively and informative programmes celebrating their cultures, music, food, and traditions in addition to our coverage on health, business, faith, sports, and the arts. As a community station it will foster the participation of citizens, defend their interests and reflect their views; it will truly inform; it will help resolve the problems of daily life; it will allow all ideas to be debated in its programmes and ensure all opinions are respected; it will allow cultural diversity to be stimulated and celebrated; it will ensure everyone's word is valued, without discrimination. As part of the station’s public service remit, local authorities and other statutory bodies within Milton Keynes will have a platform to engage the public in a unique way.
Secklow Sounds is managed by a team of Directors: