After 25 years involvement in local radio, The Cat 107.9FM Managing Director, Chris Cadman, has made the difficult decision to retire.
Chris was involved with various attempts to bring local radio to the Crewe and Nantwich area, initially, with YFM back in the 1990’s, then as a Director with Witch FM and finally as a Director with the successful bid as The Cat 107.9FM.
After numerous attempts to obtain a full time FM licence, Ofcom finally awarded The Cat 107.9FM the licence in 2013 and the station went live on air, full time, on the 26th February 2014.
Chris left the area in 2001 when he went to Boston in the USA to work for a leading IT provider, as the Corporate Business Operations Director, where he stayed for 16 years, but he remained closely involved with the team at The Cat. When he took early retirement in 2017 and returned to the UK, he rekindled his association with The Cat107.9FM and took up the role as the Managing Director.
During his time with The Cat 107.9FM, Chris has presented many shows including The Purrfect Afternoon, Chillin’ Not Grillin’ and The Best Disco in Town and interviewed the One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge team on its arrival at Crewe Memorial Square in 2019. He could frequently be seen with The Cat supporting community events such as Party in the Square, Reaseheath Lambing, Nantwich Town FC, and Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity events, and he was instrumental in the organisation of the ‘Sunday Night at the Lyceum’ variety show which raised over £3,000 for the Lost Little Ones baby bereavement suite appeal.
In 2020, Chris received treatment from Christies in Manchester for a reoccurrence of Thyroid Cancer, which was initially treated in 2001.
Chris said “This October I took the decision to step down from the MD position. I will be returning to the US in November where my eldest son lives and my youngest son, who has just graduated from university, will make his home.”
“I am proud to say The Cat107.9FM, having been on-air for over 7 years, has gone from strength to strength, giving the area the voice, it was missing, as well as being a well-respected broadcasting partner for the community it serves.”
Paul Simpson, Director at The Cat said,
“Chris is leaving us on a strong footing for the future with the work and dedication he has put in as our MD.
“He will be missed by all at the station, and we wish him well with his retirement and hopefully he will be able to continue with his show The Best Disco In Town once he is settled in his new home.”
Chris will remain engaged with the team at The Cat, potentially presenting a show or two from his new home in Southport, North Carolina.