Wicked FM was originally launched as FM107 in the summer of 2002. It was set-up by a trio of local lads – Pauraig Boyce, Glen Boyce & Mick O’Neill.
Mick: “Because Storm FM was also broadcasting in the town we decided that we would give it a go as an alternative station. The suggested music format was Classic Rock, R’n’B, contemporary chart music, and a little bit of dance. Sunday mornings were occupied with an Irish rebel songs slot. We had stiff competition to compete with – Storm FM had most of the listenership in Wicklow.
The music format that was decided on originally never really got off the ground. Djs decided to just play dance music which was starting to grow very old at this point. A major change had to be made if the station wanted to survive. So a major overhaul of djs and show formats came in late 2002. The station also changed its name to Wicked 107.2 just to sound that little bit more appealing to listeners. Specialist shows like a late-night talk show, an ’80s show, as well as Rap and R’n’B, all gave the station a new edge.
Things ran smoothly for a while, but then in late 2003 the studio had an overnight break-in. Things didn’t look good for the future. After the break-in, djs lost interest and maintenance costs from the break-in didn’t help.
By this time Storm were doing a great job while Wicked were doing very badly. Equipment wise we didn’t have much: 2 cd decks, a mini disc for jingles, and a computer for overnight play.
Early 2004 saw the demise of Wicked 107 when another break-in occured and this time they didn’t miss anything. Everything was taken and the studio was wrecked completely.
The decision was made to cease transmission by Pauraig. Costs were too high to try and even salvage what remained of Wicked 107.2. The remaining djs were taken on by Storm FM.
We will never forget our short-lived trip to the top of the airwaves on Wicked 107.2.