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History of Mix96

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 county now had it's own, local, radio station, with news, weather, and travel broadcast from the heart of Aylesbury.

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

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Our News Editor Chris Maskery caught up with them as part of our 20th Birthday celebrations a few years ago to find out more about how the station started;

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.

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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 for more!).

Past Breakfast Show presenters include Max Hailey (who has since returned as the station MD), Nathan Cooper, (who is still here), Adam Morris, Darren and Katy and now Ben and Nia are the voices that start your day. 

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

Mix96 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 and in the last couple of years we've expanded again, moving our offices into the space next door. We've even got enough room for table football!

The Mix96 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!