Corby Radio arrived on 96.3 FM on Saturday December 5th 2009 to provide a full-time community-focused radio station which is strong on local issues and news combined with popular music for all tastes, genres and ages. Alongside this our “Academy” provides younger members of our community with basic broadcast skills.
The project to provide Corby with its own radio station began 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 venture in radio which 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 the then town centre owners Tops Estates for further broadcasts. Every month-long broadcast from then went from strength to strength. Each year we looked to support a worthwhile cause within the community, like the ‘Corby Kids Summer Camp Appeal’ which the team helped raise over £10,000 for. In 2002 we were the official broadcaster of the Corby Pole Fair.
In 2007 we moved to The Connaughty Centre in Cottingham Road, rebuilding our studios from scratch. But this time we added a training academy as part of our studio complex to run interactively with Corby Radio. The idea is to give everyone, young and old, the chance to obtain basic radio skills.
Online broadcasts started from here before OFCOM informed us on September 18 2008 that we had won the right to broadcast 24/7/365 on FM to the borough of Corby.
As well as our regular studio programming we have undertaken outside broadcasts live from a number of key community events in Corby including the Corby Carnival and Highland Gathering; plus important one-off events such as the opening of the Corby Cube and the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Corby, an event our station manager Des Barber was proud to take part in.
In August 2012 we moved into new studios at 59a Corporation Street – we now have 3 broadcast studios and a newsroom. Studio 3 is the largest and is used primarily to broadcast sets from live bands in the Live and Local show on a Saturday afternoon.
The Academy has been bolstered with new equipment provided by a grant from BBC Children in Need, and local schools have begun using Academy facilities to help their pupils learn.
In 2014, Studio 1 was re-named “The Andy Coupland Studio” in memory of our late colleague and friend.
The community ethos of Corby Radio means we are open to the public on most days and love to get visits from our listeners.