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BFBS

Dublin 1984-1986

Blanchardstown FM Band Service

BLANCHARDSTOWN FM BAND SERVICE


Blanchardstown FM Band Service (BFBS) first appeared around Christmas 1984 in the wake of Castle K FM, and later merged with Radio Zodiac and .

John Carroll’s station Castle K FM had closed and Ciarán Brannelly’s Radio Zodiac were having issues with their MW transmitter and their location.

The station was located at Carroll’s house in Castleknock. The antenna was relayed to Brannelly’s house as it was on a greater elevation than the studio location.

BFBS was running 150 watts and was available on a number of FM frequencies and on SW.

The strange name was chosen because station owner John Carroll had a tape of the Cyprus branch of BFBS, the British Forces service, and liked the jingles!

FM broadcasts were at weekends, and were irregular, but still managed to attract the attention of Éamonn Cooke, who objected to their use of frequency. He had been mentioning them in his Sunday addresses on Radio Dublin but the lads at BFBS weren’t listeners.

When he turned up on their doorstep they agreed to move but the station did not last much longer. It migrated and became Caroline 98.

The station also broadcast all week on shortwave.

Timeline for these stations with a shared history:-
March 1984: Castle K FM launch
June 1984: Radio Zodiac launch
December 1984: Castle K FM change name to BFBS
March 1985: Radio Zodiac join with BFBS
June 1986: Radio Zodiac relaunch and share time with Caroline 98, a relaunch of BFBS

We are extremely indebted to Ciarán Brannelly for his help with these station histories.

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