The station was launched in December 1970 under the name of BBC Radio Medway and originally only served the Medway Towns. It broadcast from studios at 30 High Street in Chatham, a former newspaper office which was subsequently named Media House.
The station gained its current name when operations expanded to Kent on 2 July 1983 as part of the BBC’s policy of operating countywide stations. Radio Medway was closed down by long serving staff member Rod Lucas, who was also the first voice to be heard on the new BBC Radio Kent.
In July 1986, the studios moved to the nearby Sun Pier, from where it broadcast in stereo for the first time.
In 1994, BBC Radio Kent stopped broadcasting on 1035khz MW due to the frequency being reallocated to a new London-wide commercial radio station.
In 2001, the station moved to The Great Hall in Royal Tunbridge Wells, to combine with new television studios for the BBC South East region covering Kent and Sussex. From here BBC Radio Kent operates a total of four studios – two for programmes, one for news bulletins, and one network contributions area.
BBC Radio Kent also operated a studio and office in The Wendy House (a building close to the original Sun Pier site in Chatham) although this has since closed, and small contributions studios in Dover and Canterbury.
Here is a collection of 2 jingle packages, both produced by Alfasound