The programme happened entirely by accident. My “day job” at the time involved working in the control centre of a train operating company, and shifts that had me working any time of any day. Therefore, it was impossible for me to do any live radio programmes on a regular basis, as my hours varied from week to week. In January 2006, a new radio station was taking to the air for the first time in Hampshire, and they did not have enough presenters to fill the schedule. As I had provided their IT systems and website, and knew the station manager from a previous station we had worked on, I agreed to provide him with a weekly pre-recorded programme of chillout music and that is how the Chill Factor was born. To be fair, the programme is very loosely based around another programme also called the Chill Factor that a friend of mine had done on a regional radio station based on the south coast of England, and he had suggested all along that I should continue the tradition he had started, so thanks for that Gary!
Colin Hanslip, Presenter