When Centreforce joined the pirate airwaves on a Sunday in May 1989, the management, DJs or those listening couldn’t have imagined the far-reaching legacy it would have.
The pioneering 24-7 house music station was a short, sharp shock to the radio system, appearing five months after Kiss FM closed down in pursuit of a coveted legal licence.
When Kiss returned in the autumn of 1990, Centreforce had been and gone. But its impact and influence became immeasurable over the following decades.
Seventeen years and one clubbing generation later, the iconic pirate made a surprise comeback in the summer of 2007, broadcasting from a shipping container in Barking. A successful collaboration with legal Essex station Time FM also followed.