ABC FM was a Dublin pirate station who were on air sporadically between 1995 and 2006
They had a few sister stations:- Kiss FM; GLR FM; Beat FM & Gold FM
Founded by Paul Barrett, Dublin’s ABC 94FM started broadcasting on September 25th 1995. At this point they broadcast automated output from the city centre on both 88FM and 94.2FM. Before long, 88FM was dropped and live programming was introduced. There was also a Sunday relay via the shortwave band.
The station ceased in December 1999, but returned a few months later with automated programming utilising voiced dj inserts replacing the live output. The playlist consisted of 60s – 90s music. They were now on 94.3MHz.
Despite major improvements to their broadcast equipment in their final couple of years, ABC were dogged by chronic luck and were off the air on their 94.3MHz frequency more than they were on.
They finished broadcasting in January 2001, with a relay of Premier FM (also on 92.6FM) going out on their transmitter. 94.3 was finally switched off altogether in August 2001, with low-powered tests from ABC appearing on 87.6MHz for a short period
In 2003 they announced plans for SW only transmissions but were back on FM on 87.6 by May 2006, on air as ABC 87.6 on weeknights and weekends.
A public row with a dance music pirate led to the station once again calling it a day in October 2006.
ABC still exists today as an online only network of stations and can also be found on FreeDAB.
Images from ABC 94FM studio by kind courtesy of ABC 94.