Corby Radio arrived on 96.3 FM on Saturday December 5th 2009.. we will provide a community-focused radio station, strong on local issues and news combined with popular music for all tastes, genres and ages. The station will aim to involve as many people as possible in the output and operation of the station and its Radio Training Academy.
We began life in 1996 with a one-month FM broadcast under the name "Corby 108". The first experimental broadcast came live from a makeshift studio in the foyer of the town centre's Festival Hall. Corbyite local radio presenter Des Barber had brought a team of volunteers together for this broadcast venture - it proved so popular that another broadcast was immediately planned for the following year. In 1998 Corby Radio was given the use of the old doctors surgery in Neville House by town centre owners Tops Estates, who have been strong supporters of the station ever since. The team worked hard and turned the place into a studio complex that any full time station would be proud of with two full working on-air studios, newsroom, reception and staff room. Unlike many stations that do not allow visitors, we love visitors and openly encourage our listeners to call in to see their favourite presenter or member of staff.
Every broadcast from then went from strength to strength. Each year we have been supporting a worthwhile cause within the community, like the ‘Corby Kids Summer Camp Appeal’ run by Corby Borough Council which the team raised over ten thousand pounds for over five broadcasts. In 2002 we were the official broadcaster of the Corby Pole Fair.
In 2007 we moved to The Connaughty Centre in Cottingham Road and once again had to rebuild our studios from scratch (see picture gallery). But this time we added a training academy as part of our studio complex to run interactively with Corby Radio. This will give everyone young and old the chance to obtain basic radio skills.
We handed in our Community licence application in January 2008 and awaited the phone call which came on September the 18th, and to our delight we were awarded a 5 year community licence to broadcast 24/7/365 on FM to the borough of Corby.in August 2012 we moved into our purpose built studios above Iceland in Coroporation street and we now have 3 broadcast studios and a dedicated news room, our third studio is the biggest and this allows us to have live bands in for the live and local show on a Saturday afternoon. We also now have a much bigger Academy which will allow more students to join the academy.Learn more about Corby
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