Kettering’s Connect FM celebrates 25 years on airwaves

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Connect FM is celebrating twenty five years since hitting the airwaves with its mix of pop and news and community based output.

In September 1990, Connect FM, then called KCBC, broadcast across Northamptonshire for the first time, when Itsy Witsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini by Bombalurina, featuring TVs Timmy Mallett was at Number 1 in charts.

KCBC started life on AM before moving across to FM, with its new name, in 1999.

Over the past quarter of a century and top of the pops as the most played artist on the station has been Elton John.

Songs by him have been played 27,300 times since the station launched, hot on his heels are Michael Jackson with 24,100 plays and Take That.

Although some things have changed over a quarter of a century one person has remained a constant -Connect FM is home to UK commercial radio’s longest serving newsreader, Carlo Fiorentino, who has been with the station for the full 25 years.

Murray J, who presents the Workday Wind Down each weekday evening, is also one of the longest serving DJ’s, started with the station 24 years ago.

The station’s Managing Director Mark Jeeves, whose first ever radio job was as the evening show DJ on the first day of the station broadcasting believes the secret Connect FM’s longevity and success is its music. He said “ Every single hour of each day is created with Northants in mind, with presenters who really know and are passionate about where they live.