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Nicky Horne: Capital Radio CFM April 1988

Nicky Horne: Capital Radio CFM April 1988

Playing tracks by

Elvis Costello & The Attractions, John Farnham, U2, Steve Miller Band, Don Henley and more.

Just how good was this radio station? Capital Radio, London, was a serious FM rock station at the weekends in the late 1980s. Here's a couple of hours of Nicky Horne on CFM. I guess this and Radio Caroline were the inspiration for BBC 6 Music, and what Absolute Radio could be doing without its playlist. Of course, Caroline continues and sounds just as great to this day ...


Paul Schneider


Robin Carmody

Whenever I hear "Badge" I think of 'Good and Bad at Games', that bitter analogy for the Falklands War (and, by extension, of Tony Blair). Yes, this would appear to be Sunday 10th April 1988, although my research in the Daily Mail archive when it was freely available (the only digitised newspaper to contain Capital listings for this period - the Mirror & Express had previously had them, and the Express would have them again, but not at this point) had CFM ending on 17th April.

Robin Carmody

GLR was also a major influence on 6Music, I think. This might be the last Sunday of CFM - during its run they had Top 40 music on MW, with the likes of Pat & Mick and Dr Fox, but by this time Radio 1 had started on FM in London and they seemingly thought contemporary pop *had* to be on FM, so moved that over to FM and started Capital Gold on MW, initially as a weekend optout but then all week. It certainly marked a major change for the station and indeed for ILR in general, with specialist output being dropped as it didn't fit into the two stricter formats now established, and most of Capital's specialists went elsewhere - Roger Scott, Alan Freeman, Nicky Horne & Charlie Gillett, all of whose shows were part of CFM, all went to the BBC (Radio 1 in the first three cases, GLR in the last; of the first three, all had worked for Radio 1 before although obviously only Fluff had had a long stint there, while Gillett had previously been on BBC Radio London in the 1970s).