Fond memories of popular Corby Radio presenter Andy Coupland

Andy Coupland and Paul Balmer
Andy Coupland and Paul Balmer

Tributes have been paid to a popular Corby Radio DJ who died of cancer.

Andy Coupland only discovered he had cancer after he had a fall at the beginning of the year and died in August, aged 53.

He joined Corby Radio in 2000 and hosted the breakfast show for four years, and also the Live and Local Music Show.

As well as being a radio DJ, Mr Coupland was active in Corby’s live music scene as a DJ, band promoter and as a promoter of live music nights.

Mr Coupland’s boss at the radio station, Des Barber, said at his funeral: “Employing Andy as a Corby Radio DJ for the breakfast show was one of the best decisions of my life.”

His funeral was a Humanist one and there was much humour, especially focusing on Mr Coupland’s tendency to have accidents; he was injured once when a set of loudspeakers fell on him.

Mourners wore bright colours at his request.

Paul Balmer, who lives in Oakley Vale and is an author and director of Music on Earth, was interviewed by Mr Coupland on his radio show several times.

He said: “Andy was a wonderfully sincere man and great natural broadcaster.

“He was fascinated by rock music and liked interviewing me about my books and the many guitars I could bring into the studio.

“The last interview we did was about a guitar I had made and later used for the ‘Deep Roots Tall trees’ concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

“Andy will be greatly missed as he was an important part of Corby culture, I will personally miss his good humour and genuine interest in music.”

Mr Coupland was a fan of the American rock group Kiss and his coffin was draped in the Warzone emblem and a floral tribute in the shape of a guitar.

The Corby Radio team formed a legion of honour wearing their Corby Radio shirts.

He is survived by his wife Rose, his three children and his grandchildren.