Gravity FM to welcome back popular presenter Dennis Kay after 16-month absence

Gravity FM's Dennis Kay with Mike Hall and the Mightly Compton Cinema Organ
Gravity FM's Dennis Kay with Mike Hall and the Mightly Compton Cinema Organ

Radio presenter Dennis Kay is set to return to Gravity FM next week.

The long-serving presenter was suspended from the community radio station in July last year following an on-air incident which was said to have been linked to new scheduling arrangements at the station.

Now, Dennis will be back in the studio every Tuesday and Thursday with his new show, Here and Now, on from 1pm to 4pm.

His first show will include a feature about the Mighty Compton Cinema Organ and Mike Hall, the last resident organist at the Granada Theatre in Grantham.

Mike last played the Compton Cinema Organ in August 1972, after which the organ was removed from the Granada Theatre to a private residence in Sheffield, where it subsequently suffered flood damage and became unplayable.

Dennis’s show will feature exclusive music from the Compton Cinema Organ. The organ has taken six years to restore and is now located in Halesowen near Birmingham. Mike was given the opportunity to be reunited with the organ some 43 years later for the organ’s first public performance.

“It was a nostalgic occasion,” said Dennis. “I’m sure many people in this area will remember the sights and sounds of the colourful illuminated cinema organ that rose majestically on a lift during the intervals.

“I had been to see the impressive display at Grantham Library about the Granada Theatre compiled by Angela Shields, and then this! It was something I had to bring back for Gravity FM’s listeners.”