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25 years of Mix96

On the 15th April 1994 a new radio station hit the airwaves. Buckinghamshire got it's very own source of music, entertainment and local news weather and traffic reports. Twenty five years ago Mix96 was born. 

We'll be doing loads of things to celebrate our birthday, here you can find out about the history of the station, what's happened in Buckinghamshire in the time we've been on air and see some very dodgy pictures of the presenters over the years!

Win cash for our birthday

For 25 days we’ll be giving away £25 a day to celebrate our 25th birthday.

All you've got to do is put one of our stickers in your car and let us know.

Find out where to get your stickers here

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History of Mix96

Mix Monster outside Woolys celebrating our 5th Birthday
Mix Monster outside Woolys celebrating our 5th Birthday

At 7:45am on 15th April 1994, Abba's "Dancing Queen" burst out of radio's across Buckinghamshire and heralded the launch of Mix96.

The station was founded and backed by a Bucks business consortium including Sir Henry Aubrey–Fletcher (Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire) and Richard Morris–Adams (Chairman of CPM).

Chris Maskery has made a documentary about the start of Mix96, broadcast on our 25th birthday, listen to it here:

Based at the Friars Square Shopping Centre, the studios were state-of-the-art and the station was the first in the country to use a revolutionary computerised play out system, which allowed staff to multi-task. This meant lower staffing levels, and smaller overheads, which helped disprove a theory that areas like Buckinghamshire couldn't support a commercial radio station.

Soon after, the Mix Monster was "born" in Friars Square, and he's been attending events across Buckinghamshire ever since, using a variety of transport, and rubbed shoulders with everyone from the Duke of Edinburgh to Sven Goran-Erikkson (see the gallery above for more!).

Ian Noakes on Mix96
Ian Noakes on Mix96

Past Breakfast Show presenters include Max Hailey (who has since returned as the station MD), and Nathan Cooper, (who is still here), Darren and Katy and now Ben and Nia who are the voices that start your day now. Former I'm A Celebrity contestants Pat Sharp and Timmy Mallet have also hosted shows on 96.2FM.

The newsroom has seen the likes of Jo Coburn (now BBC Political Correspondent), Catherine Jones (Health Editor at ITV), Louise Minchin (BBC Breakfast), Penny Harper (Children's Author) and Chris Maskery all report on big stories.

Mix Monster at the A41 opening
Mix Monster at the A41 opening

The station has supported thousands of charities over the past 20 years, while organisations such as the Chiltern Air Ambulance, The Cancer Care and Haematology Unit at Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury Women's Aid and Tiggywinkles have all benefitted from being "Charity of the Year".

With the business expanding, new studios were added to the existing office block in 2002.

Darren, Katy & Chris
Darren, Katy & Chris - the breakfast show in the early 2010s

Behind the scenes we helped to bring the future of radio stations to Parliament with a debate about DAB digital radio, forcing the government to abandon plans for a switch over date.

The logo has been seen on racing cars, buses, planes and hot balloons, while we've sent listeners to France via private jet, given away cars, cash, diamond rings and, of course, unlimited cds!

Ben and Nia interview Take That
Ben and Nia interview Take That