Presenters past and present help to celebrate radio station’s 30th birthday

PRESENTERS past and present featured in a special programme yesterday on Inverness-based radio station, Moray Firth Radio, to help it celebrate its 30th birthday.

Names such as Jeff Zycinski (now head of BBC Radio Scotland) and Diane Knox (now at Radio Clyde) appeared on the show between 10am and 2pm, some in person, others following a phone or ‘down-the-line ISDN’ interview.

The station – which broadcasts throughout the Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire – holds the distinction of having won the title, ‘UK Local Radio Station of the Year’, a record-breaking five times at the prestigious radio awards competition, the Sonys.

The station is also home to the longest-serving daytime presenter in UK radio, Tich McCooey, who started at the station during its first week.

In a statement issued by MFR, Thomas Prag, the station’s first managing director, who was at the helm for nearly 20 years, is quoted as saying: “There were many who didn’t expect MFR to survive for six months, let alone 30 years. Now look at it. We had a great time then and it sounds as if they still do. It was remarkable then and is still at the top of its game.”

Danny Gallagher, the current managing director, is also quoted, as saying: “Our community spirit and our closeness to our audience makes the radio station what it is today and it’s very rewarding for all us. I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved with MFR. We shouldn’t, however, underestimate much of success is due to our loyal listeners who have taken us to their hearts over the last 30 years.”