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KMFM Shepway and White Cliffs Country is an Independent Local Radio serving the districts of Dovermarker and Shepway and the surrounding areas in Kentmarker, South East England. It is part of the KMFM group of radio stations in the county, which are part of the KM Group.

The station has been referred to by many names. Its official name is "KMFM Shepway and White Cliffs Country", however the website describes it as "KMFM Dover and Folkestone", and on air it was referred to as "Shepway's KMFM".


KMFM Shepway and White Cliffs Country launched on September 29, 1997 as Neptune Radio, broadcasting on 96.4 and 106.8 FM after a month-long trial concluded earlier that same morning.

The station's roots extend to the 1970s, where it began as pirate radio station Channel Radio, which only broadcast in the Dover area. Run by Dover native Eddie Austin, who previously worked at Radio Caroline, the station was fined numerous times, but Austin maintained it until the town received its own radio license.

The station emerged as a combination of two stations broadcasting through the 1990s – "Shepway Sound" in Folkestone, and "White Cliffs Sound" in Dover; but rebranded as Neptune Radio due to the station's proximity to the English Channelmarker. The station won the UK Radio Station of the Year award twice, in 1999 and 2000, and reached approximately 30,000 listeners each week. After being bought by Radio Investments Ltd, its successful format was applied to its sister stations Arrow FM in Hastingsmarker and Sovereign Radio in Eastbournemarker. A group, spearheaded by Neptune Radio disc jockey Mark Carter, also applied for the Ashfordmarker licence under the name Ashford FM, but they did not gain the licence.

The station was purchased by the KM Group in 2001 and started programme sharing at weekends with other KM-owned stations in Kent. It was subsequently re-branded to KMFM Shepway and White Cliffs Country in 2003. The KM Group relocated the station from premises on Church Street in Dovermarker to their Folkestonemarker offices for the Kentish Express in Sandgate Road.

The company was reawarded the licence for the station in July 2008. In April 2009, KMFM were granted permission by Ofcommarker to move the studios to their building in Ashford, although the sales team remains in Folkestone.


The station currently broadcasts locally to Dover and Shepway (from Ashford) during weekday and Saturday breakfast, and Sunday afternoons. All other output is networked across the KMFM network.

Until 2007 KMFM Shepway and White Cliffs Country produced its own programmes during daytimes, before it joined up with KMFM Ashford to network all programmes other than breakfast. The stations joined together with KMFM Canterbury and KMFM Thanet to create an East Kent network in April 2009, before all non-breakfast programmes were networked across all KMFM stations in September 2009.

News bulletins come from the KMFM News Centre during peak times, on the hour and every half-hour between 7am - 9am and 4pm - 6pm. Traffic and travel updates are broadcast just before the hour, and every 15 minutes between 7am - 9am and 4pm - 7pm.


Local presenters

Networked presenters

Former presenters

  • Mark Carter
  • Spencer Cork
  • Neil Faraday
  • Neil Redding
  • Tim Stewart
  • Adam Wolstenholme


  1. Aircheck UK: Kent
  2. KMFM secures two licences
  3. Room for another KMFM in Ashford
  4. Agreed Change of Format: KMFM West Kent and Maidstone (Page 2)
  5. KMFM to share more programming

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