The Pazza Factor - The Story of The Birth of Classic FM

The launch of Classic FM is an incredible rollercoaster of a story. In many ways, the station was never meant to exist: the first national commercial radio licence was awarded to a consortium who planned a station of music from the musicals. When they couldn’t deliver on the financial obligations, the team behind Classic FM was given the opportunity to secure the money in time.

Twenty-five years on, this dramatic story is going to be told again in a special, tongue-in-cheek, music-based play, commissioned by Classic FM for its 25th birthday. The Pazza Factor: The story of the birth of Classic FM stars the renowned impressionist Jon Culshaw as Michael Bukht, Classic FM’s co-founder and its first Programme Director; Duncan Wisbey as Ralph Bernard, Classic FM’s co-founder; and Kate O’Sullivan as the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

The play has been written by Sean Grundy and Cara Jennings. The director is Bill Dare.

Impressionist Jon Culshaw and writer Cara Jennings with the original document which established Classic FM 25 years ago in the recording studio.

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