Energy 94FM was a dance music station which earned itself a lot of plaudits. With a professional attitude and a professional-sounding output, Energy is one of the most respected stations ever to grace Dublin’s airwaves. Previously known as Essential Galaxy and ESG FM, the station had its roots in another respected dance station Pulse FM. It was formed when Pulse closed in 1999 to apply for the youth licence eventually won by Spin FM.
However, it had 2 lives. In its first incarnation it ceased to exist in February 2002. Citing warnings from the ODTR (now ComReg), the station closed with some of its personnel also about to get a big break with the new legal radio station, Spin FM. What goes around…
The memory of the station was tarnished somewhat when the owners sold on the equipment and – more importantly – the name to another operator. What was left of the staff ran the new Energy, but the dizzy heights reached by the original were never attained, and it bowed out on 94.1MHz in early 2003 with a whimper that almost sounded like an apology.
Studio photos by kind courtesy of Mel Byrne
Larger photo (below) taken on day of closedown
Radiowaves Station Page 2001
Going from strength to strength, Energy 94 (previously ESG 94FM) is the professional sound of dance radio in Dublin. The station was born out of the ashes of Pulse FM, who ceased broadcasting in the summer of 1999 based on a conviction that they would receive a licence. Energy maintains the high quality tradition and boasts a full live schedule – a rarity these days even amongst licensed broadcasters. They are also one of the few stations who embrace their web presence rather than treat it as the cumbersome necessity that others seem to find it. The website is a genuine pleasure to browse and it echoes the station’s on air professional presence. Shows are now being provided there in an on-demand service.
First-time listeners to the station would take some convincing that this is an unlicensed service. In fact, the lack of a licence is one of the few things which differentiates it from ‘legal’ radio stations. In the opinion of this reviewer, some sort of news service (however basic) would complete the package, making it near perfect. Then there would be no need – or desire – for many to change the dial.