Magic 105 was a very successful Northern Irish pirate station on air from 1999-2006
The very best music of the ’70s and ’80s for Northern Ireland
Magic 105 was a hugely popular oldies service serving Northern Ireland from transmitters located at Alien Mountain in Co Monaghan on the Republic side of the border.
Magic was on air from January 1999 and grew slowly but the station became very popular in and around the Mid-Ulster Area, providing a much-needed local service for those areas which lost two licensed AM stations.
It broadcast on 105.1MHz (serving mid- and east-Ulster) and also served the west for a period on 105.8MHz.
The station ceased broadcasting on March 5th 2006 for a number of reasons – mainly to apply for a licence from OfCom.
Magic 105 was sister-station of Energy 106 with whom it shared its transmission site at Alien Mountain – named so due to numerous UFO sightings and the claim by Energy 106 frontman that he was abducted there!
Most of the Magic crew were Ex ZEE-103 staffers from the 1980s.
Restrictions due to the site distance from its target area – reason being the more relaxed attitude of the (Republic of) Irish authorities to pirate broadcasting – made life difficult. The 2 1kw transmitters used for Energy and Magic survived but not without severe damage due to water ingress on the feeder.
- 105.1MHz: July 2000 (Radiowaves News)
- 105.1MHz: September 2002 (fmlist.org)
- Postal Address: Magic 105, PO Box 105, Belfast BT66 7WA
- Sales: (028) 38345555; Studio: (028) 38 342 555; Previous (028) 38393310
- SMS: 07766 404142
- Fax: (08028) 38325253
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.magic105.co.uk/