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Easy Return

Easy Radio have returned to FM in Dublin. Back on air on 94.3MHz, the station have said that it will just be weekends only for the present.

Wild Country Have Been Tamed

Wild Country, the station broadcasting from Louth on 103.6MHz, today had their transmission site raided by officials from ComReg and An Garda Síochána.

The site, located at Edentupper, received the visit at around 11.30am. Transmissions ceased minutes later. Equipment valued at €16,000 was taken.

The station have since issued a statement:-
“While we fully acknowledge that our station was operating without a licence, it has filled a valuable void which has been left for local radio, particularly in the South Armagh and Down areas since the departure of Q radio from their Newry Studio.

“We had been broadcasting the public health advisories on Covid-19 twice an hour for both North and South and if the reaction to our station over the lockdown is anything to go by, we feel we have made this difficult period easier for our listeners by providing Irish and American country music around the clock.

“Alas, this came to an end today. Why it took 6 members of ComReg, together with Gardai to do this we will never understand, when a simple phone call to us from the authorities would have sufficed.

“We would like to thank our many listeners and assure them that our station will continue online via the radiogarden app.”

VIP Birthday Greetings for Radio Kerry

Radio Kerry today celebrated 30 years on the airwaves. The station launched on July 14th 1990 and was today congratulated for the achievement by President Michael D Higgins

Higgins said that over the past three decades Radio Kerry has given a voice to the people of Kerry and provided an important platform for discussion. He added that the current pandemic shows the need for independent and high-quality journalism.

Meanwhile, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin also congratulated Radio Kerry on its landmark birthday.

The Fianna Fáil leader pledged to support independent broadcasting saying that local radio can be an antidote to fake and distorted news on social media by providing information in an objective way.

Mr Martin also said that local radio has been a powerful resource to deal with the global pandemic.

An Taoiseach believes that local radio stations, such as Radio Kerry, make politicians more accountable to the public:

1 Music One

A new internet only station has come under fire for their choice of name. Launched on Sunday, Musc One has a very strong line up and is already proving very popular with listeners.

However, the station has been accused of stealing the name from 1Music in order to piggyback on the success of that name, which has been established since 2016.

In a hard-hitting post on social media, 1Music founder Frankie Beats said:-

“This is not a reflection on the presenters on MusicOne. As you know an ex-2FM presenter has started a radio station called MusicOne.ie in Ireland, which is a blatant copy of my 1Music.ie name, which is registered as a business name since 2016.
Anyone that knows me knows that I’ve worked hard for 5yrs to build my brand, it was all I had to show the world and 1MUSIC went on to win global awards in 2018 and recognition in the music industry.
Today i see that 1MUSIC.ie is now gone from Google page 1 listings for the first time since 2016 and replaced by MusicOne.ie.
Weeks before the other station launched I contacted the owner and his response was: “Contact my solicitor” and the launch went ahead and today I have received some nasty messages from one of its presenters who has started to defame me publicly over the name.
Irish Radio has always been a hard place and this shows how unoriginal and nasty some people can be. MusicOne has already had issues with its previous incarnation and now it’s destroying my hard work.”

Panic Stations for Dublin’s Pirates

Pirate FM, who have been on the air on FM in Dublin since January 1st, are presently off the air following a phone call on Sunday advising them that a raid was imminent. This led the station to strip out their studios.

Word spread to the rest of Dublin’s unlicensed stations by Monday leading them to cease FM broadcasts.

Some, like Club FM who are usually on 107.1MHz and Easy FM, who are usually on 105.2MHz have publicly stated that this is to facilitate ‘technical adjustments’.
One operator told Radiowaves News, however, that they were off FM for precautionary reasons.

Many continue to broadcast online.

Club Closed Temporarily

Club FM say they are shutting off their FM service temporarily in order to carry out upgrades and maintenance at their existing transmission sites.
The Dublin dance music station usually broadcasts on 107.1MHz in Dubin but will continue to be available online.

It’s Not Easy to Stay Awake

At midnight last night / this morning Easy Radio presenter Paul Wilson joined the rest of the nation and put his head down for some shuteye. What made Paul’s situation different was that he hadn’t slept in at least 48 hours.

At midnight on Friday night, Paul pledged to continue broadcasting live across Dublin on 105.2MHz, and to the world on easyradio.ie, for 48 hours in order to raise funds for Temple Street Childrens’ Hospital in Dublin’s city centre.

Paul at the start of the broadcast

The target wasn’t an ‘Easy’ one, he hoped to raise at least €1,000. Donations were understandably a little slow during the first night but as the day began and the rest of the nation rose from sleep, the station’s listeners started rallying to the cause.

According to a spokesperson for the long-running Dublin pirate station: “It was just as Paul’s voice started to get sore and he had finished his 50th cup of coffee, that the target was reached – at 4.30pm on Sunday afternoon.”

Paul stayed on air for the remainder of the evening and by the deadline on Sunday the donation amount had reached €1,120 euro.

“Overwhelming,” was the word Paul used. It was probably all he could manage to say at the time!

This morning the station were inundated with messages of support and people still looking to donate – the link button will remain active at the link below until Friday to facilitate this.

Easy Radio have been broadcasting easy listening music and love songs to Dublin since 2001.

Easy Radio Facebook page

Leinster & Snowflake to close

Two Irish-based online stations, Radio Leinster and Radio Snowflake, are to close with immediate effect.

Stations owner David Baker said today:- “I’ve decided to close both Radio Leinster and Radio Snowflake completely. The reasons behind this sudden decision is to protect Chelmer Radio going forward. My workload with Chelmer Radio has increased and I need to focus on that going forward with no other distractions.”

Both Radio Leinster and Radio Snowflake were nostalgic recreations of 1980s pirate stations.

iRadio Launches the Corona Hour

Regional broadcasters i102-104 and i105-107 have just agreed a major sponsorship deal with Corona Beer to launch the sponsor titled ‘Corona Hour’.

The new programme will run for an hour from 2pm every Saturday on both stations.

The Corona Hour will be commercial free (apart from the sponsor’s name) and aims to play “feel-good music designed to put the smile on your face and energise you to get the party started”.

Hosted by Ezeke Gray, a native of Jamaica, iRadio will be supporting the sponsorship with sampling of Limes and other Corona merchandise every week and they will also be doing Corona Hour events at venues across the two franchise areas.

Neither party would discuss the value of the deal which gives Corona full brand ownership of the hour and also includes sampling, promos advertising the programme midweek, online support on both iRadio websites and social media involvement.

iRadio CEO Rena Maycock says that Corona is a perfect partner in this initiative: “We had an idea to have one hour of completely ad-free fun and happiness on the stations each Saturday that would help listeners get into the party mood and we looked for a brand partner that would help us to achieve that. Corona is a natural brand fit and they could see our vision for the potential impact this programme could have on the mood of the two regions by creating a 15 county party that you can attend without leaving your living room. In addition we have also found that there is a huge audience out there that don’t want to listen to sports programming at weekends and we want to provide those listeners with a super quality alternative.”

iRadio is also on the eve of launching the O2 sponsorship of its’ text-lines across both stations.

i102-104, which covers the west and north-west, launched in February 2008. This was closely followed by its sister station i105-107, which covers the midlands and north-east, in November of the same year.

The Corona hour launches on both i102-104 and i105-107 on Saturday 2 April 2011

Nova Celebrates First Survey Figures

Dublin’s newest radio station, Nova 100, are attracting 120,000 people weekly according to today’s JNLR figures release.

Nova CEO Kevin Branigan said: “We are absolutely blown away by how fantastic these first figures are. They are even better than expected. With Radio Nova on in practically every shop and taxi in town, over a third of all iPhones having the Radio Nova app, and more Facebook fans than some stations that have been established for more than twenty years, the loyal listenership we have built up in these 18 short weeks is incredible and humbling. We’re delighted with our set of figures and we’ll continue to work hard to grow our listenership even more during 2011.”

Nova launched on September 1st and broadcasts to Dublin city, county and commuter belt on 100.3MHz FM & 100.5MHz FM. The station employs a team of 25 and operates from Dublin’s docklands.

RTÉ Radio 1 Ahead of its National Rivals

RTÉ Radio 1 is still Ireland’s most-listened-to radio station, with reach jumping from 24% to 25%. While competitors have seen losses to key breakfast and daytime slots, RTÉ Radio 1 has recorded strong book-on-book gains for ‘Morning Ireland’, and ‘The John Murray Show’ has made its JNLR debut with an additional 2,000 listeners. Most other RTÉ Radio 1 daytime shows recorded gains.

At weekends, gains continued for The Marian Finucane Show (Sunday), This Week, Saturday Sport, Countrywide, The Business and John Bowman.

RTÉ Radio 1 occupied every slot in the top ten most-listened-to programmes in Ireland. RTÉ Radio overall has claimed 19 of the top 20 most-listened-to programmes in the country, up from 18 this time last year.

Jim Jennings, Head of Radio 1, says: “The latest figures for RTÉ Radio 1 tell us we are the first choice for the majority of radio listeners in Ireland. Listeners choose Radio 1 time and again thanks to the high standard of award-winning, impartial and entertaining coverage that only Radio 1 can deliver. We have had much talk about the migration to and from current-affairs coverage across the stations. Our competitors have lost out in this book not because listeners are tuning out of the national discussion, but because the conversation is now firmly on RTÉ Radio 1.”

RTÉ 2FM has maintained its seven-day reach lead on its commercial competitors, while it has also remained neck-and-neck with Today FM with weekday reach at 13%. Hector Ó hEochagáin’s new breakfast show debuted with an encouraging 133,000 listeners. Ryan Tubridy’s new 2FM show, with 216,000 listeners, is almost neck and neck with Ray D’Arcy, despite being an hour shorter. 2FM has seen strong gains on Sundays.

John McMahon, Head of RTÉ 2FM, says: “The new 2FM schedule was just launched in September. The reduction in timeslots of key shows from three to two hours was always going to impact figures. Our aim was to hold stable, and this we have done. I’m delighted that ‘Breakfast with Hector’ has got off to a strong start, and it’s all to play for now with Tubridy and Colm Hayes. The figures for the afternoon shows are a real cause for optimism, as are the gains on Sundays. The new 2FM TV ad is still on air, and it has been hugely well received. The next two JNLR books will offer conclusive indications for 2FM, and we’re determined to attract more listeners to what is a brilliant new schedule.”

RTÉ Lyric FM’s Marty Whelan has made a strong debut in his new breakfast slot, with 19,000 listeners. Lyric has seen continued growth at weekends, with book-on-book growth also recorded on weekdays. Lyric’s Liz Nolan, Niall Carroll, George Hamilton, Lorcan Murray (Saturday), Gay Byrne and Rachel Blech all recorded gains book-on-book, while there was also good news for lyric year-on-year, with gains for ‘Movies and Musicals’ and ‘Niall Carroll’s Classic Drive’.

Clare Duignan, Managing Director of RTÉ Radio, commented: “There had been some slippage recently on RTÉ Radio 1 but those slippages have been dramatically reversed with these figures. We have seen a decisive move by listeners back to RTÉ Radio 1. This tells me that RTÉ Radio delivered: through the extreme weather events of late last year, and the even more extreme developments in the political and economic arena, RTÉ Radio 1 was the clear leader for up-to-the-minute news and analysis. This is a clear endorsement of RTÉ Radio’s Public Service Broadcasting and we are hugely grateful to the listeners for their loyalty. This was another good book for lyric with growth returning to week days and growth also for key programmes. Marty Whelan has made a strong debut at breakfast. As for 2FM: we made our own predictions for this book and I’m happy that we’ve landed exactly where we knew we would. The new schedule was launched last September; it informs only three months of the 12-month research period, and so we will have to wait for the next two books to get a clearer picture of where we are. We wanted breakfast to hold steady: it has. We wanted Tubridy to stay neck-and-neck with his nearest rival, who has over 10 year’s heritage in his slot. Tubridy has met that challenge. Crucially, 2FM remains the second-most-listened to radio station. It’s a good start to 2011.”

Main points for RTÉ Radio 1:
it is the only national station with a weekly reach of over 1 million listeners. Radio 1’s listenership is up 9,000 to 1.313, million
its weekday reach is up a point to 25% (+21,000 to 869,000) and weekday share up a point to 22.7%
gains at weekends with 690,000 listeners on Saturdays and 635,000 on Sundays
Morning Ireland is Ireland’s number 1 programme with Adults 15+: 449,000 listeners, up 23,000 listeners
Marian Finucane holds number 2 and number 4 position with 400,000 on Saturday and 369,000 on Sundays
Liveline is number 3 in Top 10 Adults 15+ with 392,000 listeners
The Business is number 5 in Top 10, up 4,000 listeners to 351,000
The John Murray Show debuts at No.7 in Top 10 with 332,000 listeners, up 2,000
Pat Kenny up 4,000 to 324,000
News at One up 2,000 to 335,000
Drivetime, Ireland’s most popular drivetime show, up 5,000 to 234,000
Ronan Collins, up 10,000 to 223,000
Mooney up 4,000 to 211,000
This Week up 5,000 to 201,000
Saturday Sport up 5,000 to 192,000
Miriam Meets up 36,000 year on year to 262,000

Main points for RTÉ 2FM:
it is the second most listened to station in the country with 26% (931,000 listeners) 7 day reach and 44,000 more listeners than its nearest competitor
its reach is up 11,000 to 276,000 on Sundays
The Tubridy Show debuts with 216,000 listeners – number 2 amongst 20 to 44 year olds – and in at number 15 in the Top 20 all week national radio programmes (Adults 15+)
Hector’s Breakfast Show debuts with 133,000 listeners
Ireland’s Biggest Jukebox up 9,000 to 127,000
Michael Cahill up 7,000 to 52,000
Baz and Lucy on Sundays, up 6,000 to 56,000

Main points for RTÉ Lyric FM:
it has over a quarter of a million listeners (259,000) with 7 day reach at 7%
its reach is up on weekdays (up 4,000 to 115,000) and Saturdays (up 5,000 to 99,000)
Marty in the Morning performing strongly in new breakfast slot with 19,000 listeners
Liz Nolan’s Lunchtime Classics up 2,000 to 30,000
Niall Carroll’s Classic Drive up 2,000 to 50,000
The Hamilton Scores up 2,000 to 27,000
Lorcan Murray’s Classic Drive up 2,000 to 49,000
Sunday with Gay Byrne up 2,000 to 46,000
The John Kelly Ensemble up 1,000 to 30,000

JNLR Figures for January – December 2010 Released

The latest results from the Ipsos MRBI JNLR survey covering the period January 2010 – December 2010 were released today. The survey results indicate that 85% (same) of the adult population was listening daily to a mix of national, regional, multi-city and local radio throughout the country. For the purposes of comparison, figures for this survey period are compared with the October 2009- September 2010 figures. The main changes and highlights are as follows:

National Reach and Market Share
Listenership of 57% (-1) was recorded to any multi-city/regional/local radio service.
The weekday reach figures for RTÉ Radio 1 increased to 25% (+1) while figures remained unchanged for Today FM (13%), Newstalk (8%) and RTÉ Lyric FM (3%). RTÉ 2FM recorded a figure of 13% (-1).
With regard to market share, a figure of 53.6% (-0.2) was recorded for any multi-city/regional/local station in the 7am-7pm period.
RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Lyric FM recorded slight increases in market share at 22.7% (+0.6) and 1.7% (+0.1) respectively. Today FM retained a market share figure of 9.3%. Decreases were recorded for RTÉ 2FM at 8.2% (-0.5) and Newstalk at 4.0% (-0.1).

Weekday Reach Figures
Any Regional/Local 57% (-1)
RTÉ Radio 1 25% (+1)
RTÉ 2FM 13% (-1)
Today FM 13% (same)
Newstalk 106-108 8% (same)
RTÉ Lyric FM 3% (Same)

Weekday Market Share Figures 7am-7pm
Any Regional/Local 53.6% (-0.2)
RTÉ Radio 1 22.7% (+0.6)
Today FM 9.3% (same)
RTÉ 2FM 8.2% (-0.5)
Newstalk 106-108 4.0% (-0.1)
RTÉ Lyric FM 1.7% (+0.1)

National (excluding Dublin and Cork)
Weekday Reach Figures
Any Regional/Local 60% (same)
RTÉ Radio 1 23% (+1)
RTÉ 2FM 15% (-1)
Today FM 14% (-1)
Newstalk 106-108 6% (same)
RTÉ Lyric FM 2% (same)

Weekday Market Share Figures 7am-7pm
Any Regional/Local 56% (-0.1)
RTÉ Radio 1 19.2% (+0.7)
Today FM 10.8% (+0.1)
RTÉ 2FM 9.2% (-0.8)
Newstalk 106-108 3.1% (-0.2)
RTÉ Lyric FM 1.0% (+0.1)

National (excluding Dublin and Cork) – local stations
Changes in both reach and market share were recorded for almost all local stations in the current survey period.

The figures for the survey period with regards to Reach were as follows:
Highland Radio 67% (-2);
Shannonside 53%;
Radio Kerry 51% (same);
Limerick’s Live 95FM 50% (-1);
Midwest Radio 49% (-1);
WLR FM 48% (same);
Shannonside Northern Sound 47% (+1)
Clare FM 46% (+3);
Tipp FM 45% (+1);
Ocean FM 42% (+1);
Galway Bay FM 41% (same);
Northern Sound 41%
KCLR 96FM 39% (-1);
South East Radio 36% (same);
Midlands 103FM 36% (-3);
LMFM 28% (same);
East Coast FM 28% (+2);
KFM 27% (+3);

The figures for the survey period with regards to Market Share were as follows:
Highland Radio 62.3% (-1.1);
Radio Kerry 57% (+0.7);
Tipp FM 55.7% (+1.4);
Shannonside 49%;
Midwest Radio 48.9% (-0.7);
Shannonside Northern Sound 47.0% (+0.8)
Clare FM 45.6% (+3.0)
WLR FM 45.1% (-0.5)
Northern Sound 44.4%
KCLR 96FM 36.5% (-0.1)
Limerick’s Live 95FM 34.6% (-1.4)
KFM 29.5% (+2.7)
South East Radio 29.1% (+0.1)
LMFM 29.1% (+0.6)
Midlands 103FM 28.2% (-2.1)
Galway Bay FM 28.2% (same)
Ocean FM 26.6% (-0.5)
East Coast FM 25.1% (+3.7)

Regional stations
4FM, the multi-city service, maintained a weekday reach figure of 3% (same) and recorded a market share figure of 1.8% (-0.1).
In terms of regional services; in the north-east/midlands region, i105-107FM increased its weekday reach figure to 9% (+2) and recorded a market share figure of 7% (+1.9).
In the south-west region, Spin South West maintained its weekday reach figure of 21% and increased its market share figure to 11% (+0.1).
In the north-west region, i102-104FM maintained its weekday reach figure of 20% and recored a market share figure of 14% (-0.7).
Beat 102-103FM, serving the south-east region, recorded a weekday reach figure of 19% (-1.0) and recorded an increase in market share to 13.1% (+0.8).

Weekday Reach Figures
Spin South West 21% (same)
i102-104 20% (same)
Beat 102-103 19% (-1)
i105-107 9% (+2)
4FM 3% (same)

Weekday Market Share Figures 7am-7pm
i102-104 14.0% (-0.7)
Beat 102-103 13.1% (+0.8)
Spin South West 11.0% (+0.1)
i105-107 7.0% (+1.9)
4FM 1.8% (-0.1)

Dublin – local stations
In Dublin, FM104 increased its weekday reach figure to 20% (+1.0).
The remaining Dublin stations all retained weekday reach figures with: 98FM at 14%, Spin 1038 at 14% and Dublin’s Q102 at 13%, Country Mix/ Sunshine 106.8 FM at 3% and Phantom 105.2 at 2%.
In terms of market share figures, increases were recorded for a number of stations; 98FM at 11.6% (+0.3), Spin 1038 at 6.6% (+0.1) and Country Mix/Sunshine 106.8FM at 3.2% (+0.1). The remaining stations recorded figures of: FM104 11.2% (-0.3), Q102 at 11.1% (-0.1%) and Phantom 105.2 0.8% (-0.1).

Dublin

Weekday Reach Figures
RTÉ Radio 1 29% (+1)
FM104 20% (+1)
Dublin’s 98FM 14% (same)
Spin 1038 14% (same)
Q102 13% (same)
Newstalk 106-108 10% (same)
RTÉ 2FM 10% (same)
Today FM 9% (same)
RTÉ Lyric FM 5% (same)
Sunshine 106.8 3% (same)
Phantom 105.2 2% (same)
4FM 2% (same)

Weekday Market Share Figures 7am-7pm
RTÉ Radio 1 30.5% (-0.4)
Dublin’s 98FM 11.6% (+0.3)
FM104 11.2% (-0.3)
Q102 11.1% (-0.1)
RTÉ 2FM 7.0% (-0.5)
Spin 1038 6.6% (+0.1)
Newstalk 106-108 5.9% (same)
Today FM 5.8% (same)
RTÉ Lyric FM 3.2% (+0.2)
Sunshine 106.8 3.2% (+0.1)
4FM 1.3% (-0.4)
Phantom 105.2 0.8% (-0.1)

Cork – local stations
Red FM achieved a reach figure of 19% (-2) and recorded a market share figure of 10.6% (-0.7).
The combined reach of Cork’s 96FM/C103 was 46% (-2.0) while a share figure of 41.6% (-1.9) was recorded.

Cork

Weekday Reach Figures
Cork’s 96FM 35% (-1)
RTÉ Radio 1 26% (+1)
Red FM 19% (-2)
Today FM 15% (same)
C103 14% (same)
RTÉ 2FM 9% (same)
Newstalk 106-108 9% (same)
RTÉ Lyric FM 4% (same)
4FM 4% (same)

Weekday Market Share Figures 7am-7pm
Cork’s 96FM 30.3% (-2.1)
RTÉ Radio 1 22.3% (+1.7)
C103 11.4% (+0.3)
Red FM 10.6% (-0.7)
Today FM 9.7% (-0.4)
RTÉ 2FM 9.7% (-0.4)
Newstalk 106-108 4.7% (+0.9)
4FM 3.4% (+0.5)
RTÉ Lyric FM 2.0% (+0.1)

Green Tea for Saturday Mornings On RTÉ Radio 1

From tomorrow morning RTÉ Radio 1 will broadcast a dedicated political satire show in a popular Saturday morning slot for the fist time in ten years. ‘Green Tea’, a new series from the makers of ‘Nob Nation’, will air at 10.30am for the duration of Election 2011.

Mimic and satirist Oliver Callan (pictured), one of the show’s scriptwriters, says: “We are delighted that RTÉ Radio 1 will broadcast Green Tea in the old ‘Scrap Saturday’ slot because there’s no doubt that satirical commentary on the changing face of Irish society is needed at the moment. We’re going to take a look at politics, the banking sector, the judiciary, the GAA, the media, the arty set and the various characters that make Ireland so interesting.”

Green Tea will follow various political heavyweights, including Eamon Gilbore, Moan Burton, the Baron of Northstead (aka Gerry Adams) and new characters such as Richard-Boyd-Gladstone-Tudor-Barrett. Micky Martin from Fianna Fáil will be joined on the election campaign trail by veteran politicians such as Mammy O’Rourke.

The show will also feature well-known Irish broadcasters and media personalities including Marian Finucane, Séan O’Rourke, Vincent Browne, footballer Paul Galvin and showbiz impresario Louis Walsh, who will be joined by his show band side-kick Albert Reynolds.

Green Tea debuted with two episodes on RTÉ Radio 1 in December 2010.

Absolute & Dowse launch in the States

As the global Reality TV phenomenon continues its juggernaut into the lives of billions across the globe, American radio has now also joined the party with ‘reality radio’ being introduced by the newly-created US based consultancy Absolute & Dowse (A&D).

America’s initial introduction to reality radio was via 95.5 KLOS – Los Angeles and 95.5 WPLJ – New York with the globally successful “2 Strangers & a Wedding” in which the audience select a bride and her groom from self-nominated candidates, then tune in as the couple literally meet for the first time just before walking down the aisle to say “I do”. This so-called ‘matrimonial social experiment’ was also a hit in Ireland, through Dublin’s 98FM, as well as the UK, New Zealand, Eastern Europe and Australia where reality radio is almost as prevalent as reality TV.

Clive Dickens, Programme & Operations Director of ARI, says: “Absolute & Dowse is proud to have successfully brought its global experience to North America and to work in the world’s biggest media market. We look forward to developing our relationships with more broadcasters in other US markets soon.”

A&D comprises of partners from two globally successful consulting companies who execute and create the properties they promote.

No Charges for Pirate Broadcasts

A man who allowed two unlicensed stations to broadcast from his premises has had the charges against him dismissed in Dublin’s District Court.

Anthony Hogarty, who is unemployed at the age of 60, allowed Sun FM and Jack FM to send a signal to his Sandyford-based premises where he used his own apparatus to re-broadcast their signals over the city. He had been warned to stop by ComReg but continued to broadcast despite claiming he received no money for doing so.

Judge Anne Watkin, after hearing he had no previous convictions and that he had a number of medical problems, dismissed the charges under the Probation Act. 

Medium Jack

Dublin oldies station Jack FM can now be heard on 1395kHz on the medium wave band in addition to their 88.1MHz FM outlet. 

Anna Livia Get Ten

The special interest licence for the Dublin City area has been awarded in principle to the incumbent Dublin City Anna Livia 103.2 FM. The award is subject to the receipt of clarification on a number of matters within the application and the successful conclusion of contract negotiations.

Speaking today, the BCI’s Chief Executive Michael O’Keeffe said: “With regard to Dublin City Anna Livia FM, the Commission is delighted to offer a ten-year licence to the station and is confident that it will continue with its wide-ranging programme service over the coming years.”

Tests on 828kHz

Energy Power AM, who also broadcast on 1593kHz, have launched a test channel at 828kHz medium wave. At present the output consists solely of automated music.

A ‘Grey Wednesday’ for Dublin’s Pirates

Dublin’s FM band was totally clear of unlicensed activity today for the first time since last year’s May ‘Black Tuesday’ raids. Every Dublin-based pirate station was off the air, the vast majority for precautionary reasons.

The unlicensed community have been fearing the worst for the past couple of weeks, and most stations decided not to take the chance of having their equipment confiscated.

ComReg visited some mountain sites today, but it is thought that this was simply to warn landowners of the possible threat of court action for allowing unlicensed broadcasts to originate from their property. However, they have been seen taking photographs of station’s sites in the recent past – usually a precursor to obtaining court warrants in order to enter the property – and this has sent panic through the radio community.

Dance music station Club FM were the last pirate broadcaster on air today. They stopped transmissions at just after 1pm this afternoon. At this stage, every other station had already turned off.

Rhythm FM, who broadcast on 105.7MHz FM, switched off their transmitter last night, as did those behind the carrier on 88.1MHz FM. Other stations had already switched off in the past few days, and those that were left turned off their equipment this morning.

Amongst the stations off the air are: UCB relay on 87.6MHz FM; Jazz FM (90.3MHz); Sugar FM (91.0MHz); the unidentified station on 91.6MHz FM; Ministry FM (93.2MHz); Hot FM (94.1MHz); Nova 947; Gem Radio (97.8MHz); The Vibe (99.4MHz); & Sun FM (101.3MHz).

Today, the only pirate station audible around Dublin city was Passion FM, beaming in on 91.6MHz FM from Kildare. However, by this evening, the usual batch of low-powered stations were back on the air from various locations around the city. Included were: Galaxy 105.3, who have been running live programming tonight; Energy, running automated dance music on 107.6MHz FM; and XFM, the long-term alternative music station who were broadcasting on their usual 107.9MHz.

ComReg have been very active in other parts of the country recently. However, Dublin’s pirates have been relatively free from Comreg interference since the massive attacks of May 20th last year – commonly referred to as ‘Black Tuesday’. Many feel that ComReg are preparing to strike again whilst the memory of last year’s actions are still fresh in the minds.

An Automated Station With a Twist

Twist FM is an automated station with a difference. Whereas with the majority of computerised stations you’ll hear the same songs over and over, Twist FM guarantee that you won’t hear the same song twice in a week.
It’s a proud boast and it comes from the station’s operator who is fed up with the same old bland radio pumping out across the capital: “I wanted something different,” he told Radiowaves News today.
“On Twist FM there are no competitions, no giveaways. You don’t have to stay tuned for hours on end to hear the next clue in a giveaway. With Twist FM you can tune in and out whenever you fancy hearing something different.”

In many other ways the station is very different. Twist FM first appeared on 93.8MHz FM in Dublin last weekend…and, where most stations start with a whimper, Twist FM appeared with a bang – a strong signal, RDS, jingles, all were already in place.
The playlist is as irregular as they come. Apart from the non-stop dance music at weekends, any genre from any era can be expected at any time, although there are plans to offer a more regimented playlist at particular times in future.
“I’m tired of hearing the same links at the same time every single day on regular radio stations,” the station manager continued. “Twist FM is a jukebox – no djs wrecking your head.”

The station will develop over the coming weeks. There are plans that have still to be put in place, ideas which haven’t yet been tried on radio in Dublin.

Twist FM, the radio station with a difference and not stifled by regulation, may develop a new exciting radio vibe.

Wolf Leaves Red for Marital Bed

Charlie Wolf has presented his last show for Red FM. The controversial jock said goodbye to his listeners on this morning’s ‘Red Rooster’ Breakfast Show on the Cork youth station. He announced his departure only in the past few days.
Wolf has been with the station since its launch in January 2002. He originally presented a late-night talk-show – ‘Cork Talks Back’ – before moving to the breakfast slot. He always claimed that he was only with the station to ‘help out a friend’ (Chief Executive Henry Condon) and would leave when it suited him.
Before joining Red FM, Charlie was with TalkSport in the UK, but is most famous for his time on Laser 558 in the mid-80s.
Charlie plans to marry his fiancee in August.

Doing the Twist

A new music station is on air in Dublin. With an RDS displaying ‘TWIST FM’, the new signal is broadcasting on 93.8MHz FM and declaring itself as ‘the future sound of radio’. Passion FM’s relay ino Dublin on this frequency has ceased.

Raids Silence Border Pirates

The north-eastern based border pirates were all off the air last night following a raid on Alien Mountain which targeted Magic 105, Energy 106 & Choice 107.7FM. It is thought that the other stations – such as Kiss FM (rebranded as a Country station) & Storm 106.2FM – all went off for precautionary reasons, as Kiss FM & Storm 106.2 were back on air this afternoon. Tonight Magic 105 have also returned despite having most of their equipment taken.

The border pirates are a special breed of stations that broadcast from the more relaxed Republic into Northern Ireland, which falls under the remit of the UK authorities who are less tolerant of unlicensed broadcasts.

KCLR finally make it to air

KCLR 96FM, the new radio service for Carlow & Kilkenny, went live on-air for the first time at 11am today. The first presenter to be heard on the broadcast was Alan Swan, who presented a special two-hour introduction to the new station.

KCLR 96FM Chief Executive John Purcell expressed his delight that the station had finally hit the airwaves: “We applied for this new licence two years ago and it has been a long road to reach this point. The setup of the station was very challenging with preparations delayed by the legal challenges to the decision to award the licence to us. However, we are delighted to at last be on-air and are looking forward to a very positive future.”

According to Purcell, KCLR 96FM will be a fresh, local, and contemporary voice that connects with listeners across the two counties.
He said: “We are placing a huge emphasis on local events with news and sport seven days a week to ensure our listeners receive the best possible coverage of all that is happening throughout Kilkenny and Carlow. Current affairs and community interest programming are also a priority as well as quality music and entertainment shows featuring requests, competitions, and fantastic prizes.”

Purcell acknowledged that one of the main challenges for KCLR 96FM is broadcasting to two counties and said that county-specific programming is being delivered where appropriate. “We are very mindful of the fact that we are catering for two counties with diverse needs and interests and KCLR 96FM will be providing dedicated news and sports services for Carlow and Kilkenny,” he promises.

A huge amount of work had gone in to putting the station on-air and Purcell was feeling very positive about how the new service would be received.

“There has been a huge amount of interest in the new station from people throughout Carlow Kilkenny. We are determined that KCLR 96FM will be a station local people can be proud of and I am confident listeners are going to like what they hear,” he concluded.

KCLR 96FM is available in Kilkenny on 96.6MHz FM, 96.0MHz FM and 96.2MHz FM and in Carlow on 96.9MHz FM and 94.6MHz FM.

Medium wave lives again

An automated station which has been broadcasting on medium wave from Dublin’s southside for a number of months has gone live and identified for the first time last weekend as Energy Power 1593AM.

This weekend they are only broadcasting on 1593kHz AM, although they have also been available on 1278kHz AM since RTÉ 2FM’s departure from that channel.

Playing a mixture of music old and new, the station’s powerful signal should breathe life into the ailing MW band.

Presenter Escorted From Dublin City

A Dublin City Anna Livia FM presenter was dragged out of the station’s studio live on air by Gardaí when he refused to accept a change in timeslot for his programme.
Eduardo Castillo had been informed that his show had been switched from Fridays to Thursdays on the special interest station, but he still turned up on Friday February 13th. After just a few minutes on air, four Gardaí had to remove him from the studio.
Castillo was protesting the decision of the management and claims that there was very little consultation with him over the change. He has now been sacked.

Report by Pat; John Fleming

Dublin Radio News Snippets for February 7th

Gem Radio have shifted frequency to 97.8MHz from 96.0MHz – it is unclear whether this is temporary or permanent.

Religious temporary station Spirit FM is now on air on 89.9FM and will be every weekend until April with RDS reading ‘ SPIRIT ‘.

Sugar FM are operating on much-reduced power at present.

More Gem

Automated oldies station Gem FM is now operating all day, every day on 96.0MHz in Dublin. After the Black Tuesday raids in May, the station originally returned on weekends only before introducing a weekday nighttime service.

Anna Livia Get Jazzed Up

Jazz FM listeners would be forgiven for thinking that the station is back on the air if they tuned to Dublin City’s Anna Livia FM on Saturdays. Although Jazz FM have been off the air following the recent ‘Black Tuesday’ purges against Dublin’s unlicensed community, three former presenters with the specialist station are now part of the Saturday line-up on Anna Livia – the licensed special interest station which broadcasts to Dublin on 103.2MHz.

From 3pm Chris Maher presents Soul Kitchen – his show on Jazz FM was called Sunny Side Up. And later in the day, two other former Jazz FM djs go back-to-back between 8 and 10pm. First there’s Black Echoes with John Public, which used to go out on Sunday afternoons on 89.8FM – Jazz FM’s frequency.

Then Seán Brophy, formerly of Sunrise on Sunday mornings on Jazz FM, is on air with his show Jazzorama.

Each of the three presenters are particularly interested in hearing from former listeners to their Jazz FM shows.

Return of a Gem

Gem Radio has returned to air on 96.0MHz in Dublin. The automated oldies station happened to be off the air at the time of the ‘Black Tuesday’ raids in order to accommodate a station who were temporarily-licensed for the 96FM frequency.

Dad let go from Today FM

Today FM bosses have axed Ian Noctor’s Sunday night Dad Rock show. Dad Rock features classic rock tunes from the ’60s and ’70s but station bosses are said to be unhappy with the size of the niche audience it attracts, and will launch an indie rock show in its place to regain listeners lost to pirate stations like Phantom FM and XFM.

Dad Rock has been on air since 1999. Ian Noctor has been presenting the show for just over a year, Marty Miller presented it previously. Ian Noctor is said to be so devastated with the news that he opted out of presenting the final two shows, the first of which was last Sunday. Cliff Walker has taken Ian’s place and will present a special finale this Sunday evening.

Gem to stop on 96

Gem FM will be off the air on 96.0MHz from April 28th until June 1st to accommodate the temporarily licenced station from Ballyfermot which will run for the month of May. At present they have no plans to use another channel for the period, and according to sources close to the station, they will use the break to work on improvements to their audio, adding new music etc.

Anna Livia Hope For Speedy Return

Dublin City Anna Livia FM hope to be back on air very shortly. Some equipment was lost in Saturday’s fire at the Liffey Trust Centre in the heart of Dublin, where the station’s studios are located. They have had offers of help from other radio stations which has put them in a position of a speedy return. Anna Livia broadcast specialist programming to the Dublin area on 103.2MHz.

Gem Radio Back On Air

Gem FM are back on air on 96.0MHz in Dublin. The non-stop oldies station with the alternative slant stopped broadcasting a few months back following problems.

Getting their Kykx

Kykx FM has started broadcasting to parts of Northern Ireland on 103.7MHz. The station comes from the people who bring you Thunder 107.7FM.

Static Off Air Altogether

In Dublin, Static FM’s 96.0FM transmitter is on a blank carrier today. Their 98.4FM transmitter, which was due back on Monday, is still off the air.

Swirl Get the Power

Swirl FM and Power FM have reached an agreement over the disputed 97.8MHz frequency.
Swirl FM, broadcasting from south Dublin, moved to 97.8FM in February this year. However, last month, the more powerful Power FM relaunched on the same frequency, following months of FM inactivity due to ODTR actions.
Swirl FM are now off the air but will be back on another frequency shortly.

Boring Boring Talksport

Two of three complaints by listeners against national UK station TalkSport have been upheld. The UK’s Radio Authority reprimanded the talk station for an item on their Breakfast Show in which Turkish people were described as being “barbaric”. Despite a claim that the word was used in the context of Galatasaray football supporters, the Radio Authority upheld the complaint.

TalkSport’s FA Cup commentaries were described by the station as being “exclusive”, even though they are anything but! The station’s claim that they meant exclusive in the sense of style and presentation rather than the competition itself was, not surprisingly, rejected, although the complaint was only partially upheld by the Radio Authority.

Not upheld was the complaint by a listener that the station was “plain boring”! The Radio Authority admitted that it was not within their powers to reprimand any station for being boring.

Source: Media Guardian

RLO Static

Radio Limerick One’s 104.2MHz and 105.2MHz transmitters were both relaying static last evening.

Report: Liam Byrne

New Station in Limerick

A new station playing Country & Irish music has appeared on 106.4MHz in Limerick. The signal, occupying a frequency that was previously used by Estuary before their move to 107.7FM, is relatively weak.

Report: Liam Byrne

Atlantic 252 is finally dead

Atlantic 252 is no more. Following on from the final live programming from the station just befpre Christmas, the automated music programming ceased at midnight last night and has been replaced with promotional programming for TeamTalk Radio – which is due to launch on 252kHz long wave on February 25th. 

Gem Radio Set to Sparkle Again

Gem Radio are planning to return to Dublin’s airwaves. Attention from the ODTR led them to a decision to close recently. The alternative non-stop oldies station had been available to Dubliners on 88.1MHz since last Christmas.

However, the station’s planned return may cause problems as a result of Mix FM’s planned frequency shift from 87.6MHz to 88.0MHz. A spokesperson for Gem Radio has told Radiowaves News that they have contacted Mix FM but the latter have stated that their intention is still to broadcast on 88.0FM from next Monday.

Gem R.I.P.

Gem 88FM have bowed to ODTR pressure and decided to pull the plug on their operation today. The decision was made by the station themselves and was not influenced by their site landlord. The Dublin-based automated oldies station had occupied 88.1MHz since just before Christmas last year.

No Hit Radio

Also off air in Limerick for the past while have been the 107.9FM and 103.35FM transmissions for “All Hit Radio”.

Choice Move

Cabra’s Choice FM will be returning to their previous frequency of 96.4MHz this evening. The station have been on 94.3MHz for the past few weeks and there is a possibility that they may move to another frequency in the future.

New Head of News at CKR

John Drummey, a former news reader with Independent Network News, has been appointed as head of news at CKR FM. John is also a former presenter with Radio Kerry. CKR FM is the licensed station serving the Carlow/Kildare franchise area.

New Dance Station for Dublin

Tests for a new dance station planning to launch in Dublin during the summer will be heard over the next few weeks, according to a spokesperson. They will have an ERP of 500 watts and will broadcast around the city on two frequencies. A name has been chosen but will not be announced until closer to the launch.

Hot Limerick Latest

Hot FM – on 105.8MHz in Limerick – will now launch on Monday, June 4th and not today as stated previously. The station’s RDS changed yesterday to ‘HOT105FM’ and they were broadcasting in mono. Today they had no RDS but were broadcasting in stereo.

Dublin FM News

WXTC are off the air today. WXTC have been broadcasting to the city on 91.6MHz for the past few months.

The Cross Rhythms relay, which has suffered appalling audio problems for the past few weeks, was on a blank carrier for most of today. The spluttering Cross Rhythms relay can be heard on 98.4MHz.

K.I.C.ked Off

K.I.C. FM’s transmitter site was raided this evening by the ODTR and two members of the Gardai. As a result, the station is now off the air although the studio was not visited.

K.I.C. FM are a country and Irish music station broadcasting to Dublin on 104.0MHz.

Five’s Alive Again

Both BBC Five Live and WRN have been restored to NTL’s cable network in Dublin. Five Live can be heard through NTL on 95.1MHz whilst WRN is tuneable on 102.7MHz.

Meanwhile, as a result, WXTC have confirmed that their relay of BBC Five Live will resume this evening following their own live programming and they plan to relay the British network as much as possible during the run-in to the UK general election.

Jazz FM return delayed

Jazz FM’s return to the airwaves has been put back a week, station manager Ollie Dowling told Radiowaves News this evening.
The station was originally due to recommence broadcasts this Friday, but the official relaunch is now scheduled for 4pm on Friday, June 8th. Tests will start over the next few days on 89.8MHz and there is the possibility of some live programming this weekend.
On it’s return, Jazz FM’s schedule will consist of 40 hours live programming each week. This will run from 4pm to midnight on Fridays and 8am to midnight at weekends. Automated programming will make up the rest of the station’s output.

Business as usual at 252

The press speculation at the weekend concerning a sale by RTL of their 80% controlling interest in Atlantic 252 has led to station manager John O’Hara issuing a statement yesterday in which he said that it was business as usual for the staff and himself.
“[We] are committed to restoring Atlantic 252 to its former glory and that process has already begun,” he says. “The resurgence of interest in long wave from the UK, the Dutch and the Scandinavians can only be good for us and we look forward to a long and successful future.”
RTÉ, the state broadcaster which owns a 20% stake, remains committed to the station.

Report: Mike Terry 

Atlantic 252 for sale

Atlantic 252, which is owned by RTL (80%) and RTÉ, is to be put up for sale again, according to a report in today’s Mail On Sunday. The value could be up to £20m.

Report: Mike Terry 

New appointment at 252

Following the recent poor showing in the RAJAR figures, Meath-based long wave station Atlantic 252 have appointed a new Programme Controller in the shape of 27 year old Sarah Henderson.
Atlantic 252 broadcast across the UK and Ireland on 252kHz. 

WXTC Test

Automated programmes from WXTCs library are test broadcasting today in MP3 format from the station’s website or, using winamp, by typing in this address 161.58.229.253:8000. DX reports are welcomed at radio@wxtc.net. New shows have also recently been added to the site.

Testing 8,7,6

Just after 3pm today, ABC 94FM was replaced on 87.6MHz by test transmissions, with a full launch scheduled for Monday at 7pm. ABC’s plans were for a full-time Gold FM service on 87.6FM although no station name has been mentioned on the tests. ABC 94FM can now only be received on 94.3MHz in Dublin.

Today at The Flood Tribunal

RTE’s dealings with Century Radio, and the cap on it’s advertising rates, cost the station approximately £20m, RTE’s chief financial officer Gerry O’Brien claimed today at The Flood Tribunal.

Magical Web

The newly revamped Magic 105 website is now live online. It includes the revolutionary Magic ‘I’ interactive service – expertly designed and provided by Northern Ireland Webmasters – which will be on test for the next six weeks.
Magic 105 broadcasts to Northern Ireland on 105.1FM and 105.8FM plus the newly launched 101.5FM.

Dublin Station News

Sun 101FM were just a blank carrier for periods today but returned in the evening. Also blank today was DMR FM and another station blank for a short period was Freedom 92FM.

Atlantic Gain Listeners

Atlantic 252 have shown an increase in the latest release of RAJAR figures. The station have attracted 50,000 new listeners – an increase of 4%. Atlantic 252 broadcast to the UK and Ireland on 252kHz long wave.

Lightning Live

Limerick’s Live 95FM were suffering transmission problems as a result of thunder and lightning this morning. The station was silenced in the middle of their midday news bulletin and remained off for about ten minutes.

Radio Caroline Anniversary

Radio Caroline’s last pirate broadcast was ten years ago this Sunday. To mark the occasion, this week’s ‘Anorak Hour’ from Phantom FM will have a special guest in the studio, Steve Conway, who worked on the Ross through the mid 80’s, until he was one of 6 people rescued by helicopter when she ran aground on the notorious Goodwin Sands in November 1991.
Steve will be talking about the Dutch Raid and the grounding as well as general stories about life on the Ross.
Also scheduled for broadcast on the programme is an exclusive short documentary about last year’s Caroline RSL from Southport pier. The item features airchecks of the broadcast as well as interviews with the main presenters and has not been played on air before…not even on Caroline.
The Anorak Hour can be heard at 1pm on Sunday not only on 91.6FM and 102.9FM across Dublin, but across the world on the newly launched live webcast from Phantom and on demand here on Radiowaves.FM.

New Station for Ulster

Energy 107.7 has launched a club music service for Mid-Ulster with tests starting today. The pop chart service on 106.6MHz will remain the same. The station originally planned for 107.7MHz – Magic Country – will now use 105.8FM.

ESG Web Change

Dublin dance pirate ESG FM have changed their website. Tonight there is just a front page stating that “The transformation is coming…” plus the station’s frequency details (93.8 & 94.1).

Atlantic 252 website on test

Atlantic 252’s new website is currently at the testing stage and the plan is for it to go live on October 16th. The site was originally due for relaunch on October 1st. Atlantic 252 can be heard across the British Isles on the long wave band or by visiting their webpage.

Sun E

Sun 101FM, who broadcast ‘All 80’s, All the Time’ on 101.3MHz in Dublin, now have an email address where they can be contacted. The address is sun101fm@hotmail.com

Phantom Off Overnight

Phantom FM’s automated service was off again overnight due to computer problems. Live programming resumed at 11am this morning. Phantom FM broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz.

Atlantic Off Their Tits

Atlantic 252 are about to launch a new £1m promotional campaign aimed at their 15-24 year old target audience. Entitled “Dance Your Tits Off”, the campaign will feature naked male model torsos with plasters over their nipples in an attempt to encourage more interest from dance music followers.
Atlantic 252 broadcast to Ireland and the UK on the long wave band.

Unid Country

An unidentified transmission playing continuous country and Irish music has been heard on 107.1 MHz with a good signal in County Meath.

Source: Sean Brady.

ESG Off Today

ESG FM’s service was down for most of today but returned in the evening. The station broadcast to Dublin on 94.1FM and 93.8FM.

UCB Relay Returns

The Irish-based relay of UCB returned yesterday with better coverage achieved due to modulation level increase. The relay can be found on 549kHz and is operated by Irish Christian Broadcasters (ICB) Dundalk.

Jazz Tx Problems

Jazz FM in Dublin were off air overnight because of a problem with their main transmitter. They returned to the airwaves on their 89.8FM frequency at 6.30 this evening.

Madness – But Not Mad – on 101.8

A blank carrier with no station id has been heard on the controversial 101.8MHz frequency in Dublin which was once occupied by Xtreme FM and, more recently, Mad Radio.

Neither station lasted long on the frequency because of interference to the licensed North-East Dublin service NEAR FM on 101.6FM – although Xtreme FM attempted to use it a second time.

No such thoughts occupy the minds of anyone at Mad Radio who this evening confirmed that the carrier had nothing to do with them.

Comment: 101.8…”COUNTRY.” on 103.7…there may be a lack of space on the band but broadcasting on these frequencies is begging for trouble.

Phantom Not So PC

Phantom FM’s automated service was down this morning with suspected pc problems. The service has now been restored. Phantom FM broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz.

ABC Power Cut

Dublin’s ABC 94FM were off air for a period this morning due to a power cut at their transmitter site. The station are now back broadcasting on both their 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz frequencies.

Euro Court Falls Short

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the UK government can continue with its restrictive policy of refusing to allow independent stations on short wave despite allowing independent operators on the FM and medium wave bands, but this now raises the separate question of whether the short wave monopoly is legal under European Union competition law. Trevor Brook took his case to the courts in 1997 after numerous requests to the government to license his proposed service “Radiofax”.

Source: ukradio.com

Rosborough to Take Over the City Beat

City Beat – based in Belfast – have announced that John Rosborough is to become their new station director. John is at present Head of Programming at Downtown/Cool FM and will join City Beat on October 9th. The station broadcast on 96.7MHz.

Rolling News for Dublin

A rolling 24-hour Dublin news radio station will start broadcasting on the internet from the beginning of October at Dublinradionews.com. The service will be provided by Flycatcher.ie who are a sister-company of FM104 and those behind the dance internet station Wod1.com. Staff will consist of the existing FM104 news team plus some new recruits.

Source: Brian Greene

No Show for GAA FM

GAA FM failed to appear in Dublin during today’s All Ireland Final despite the presence of it’s blank carrier on 106.8MHz. There was also no sign of GAA FM’s webstream.

Comment: Maybe it was mistaken for olympics coverage?

Kiss on a Loop

Dublin’s Kiss FM were running a continuous loop of all their jingles this morning but went live again this afternoon. The station can be found on 105.8MHz.

Supreme Call It a Day

Supreme FM, the dance station who were based in Lucan and broadcast locally on 107.7MHz, have decided to call it a day until sometime next year.

Source: Anorak Hour Update

It’s Country

A continuous music station playing mainly Country & Irish – but with other genres also receiving airplay – has appeared on 103.7MHz in Dublin and surrounding areas using the RDS ‘COUNTRY.’ (including the full-stop at the end!)

The station is strongest in the west with reasonable quality in the city-centre.

This is in addition to the blank carrier which is also being received on 103.7MHz in certain areas.

Report: Simon Maher

Comment: It can safely be assumed that this is not Spin testing!!

UCB Relay Off Air

UCB’s relay on 549kHz went off air last night at 11pm. This was caused by a melt-down in the 3 phase supply causing a power blackout on site. It may take several days before broadcasting can recommence.

ABC Are Having a Party

Details of ABC 94FM’s fifth birthday programme have been finalised. It will begin at 8pm on Monday and “is an excuse for an anorak session”, presenter Mike Williams told Radiowaves!

There will be recordings of the Dublin station from the past featuring various djs and there will also be airings of many old jingles and idents.

Special guests have also been lined up to take part.

ABC 94FM presently broadcast to Dublin on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz.

Comment: Here’s hoping the station’s sixth year features less of the technical problems which affected the fifth. Happy birthday!

Latest From the Flood Tribunal

James Stafford, the former director of Century Radio, has been accused of lying to the Flood Tribunal. Denying the allegation, Mr Stafford claimed that comments he made during a private interview were misinterpreted.
The tribunal heard that Mr Stafford said that he first heard about the now infamous payment to Ray Burke when he read about it in press reports earlier this year but later said in evidence that he had heard about it back in 1991. At that point, Oliver Barry claimed that he was owed money for the payment he made to Ray Burke. James Stafford said that was the first time he heard about it. However, tribunal lawyers have uncovered documents which reveal that Oliver Barry was refunded the payment after the London based Capital Radio took a stake in the station, and that James Stafford helped him to do this.

Cary Wants a Job

Former Nova boss Chris Cary is still rehabilitating slowly following his stroke, according to chriscary.com. The second update to the website this week comes in the form of a job application which mentions that Chris will be released in March next year and wants to return to broadcasting – his major passion in life.
In the update, his partner Sybil Fennell says that: “…radio has always been his first love and I can think of no better way to help him to readjust to life than to encourage him to immerse himself in something that comes naturally to him.”
Suggestions and work offers are welcomed at sybil@chriscary.com.
The earlier update this week was a thank you to all those who had sent messages of support.

Comment: What better way for Mr Cary to rehabilitate himself. Again…get well asap.

Red Dragon Cleared

The Radio Authority in the UK have stated that they do not believe that Red Dragon FM were guilty of scaremongering when mentioning rumours of more oil refinery blockades which caused chaos around the UK earlier in the week.

FM104’s Big Brother

Dublin’s FM104 are shortly to introduce their own version of the hit UK television show ‘Big Brother’. Details to be released soon. FM104 are tunable at 104.4MHz in Dublin city and county.

No Freedom Today

Freedom 92FM in Dublin were off the air for most of today due to transmitter problems which were resolved in the evening. The station will also be off air at some point this coming weekend for the installation of new aerials. Freedom FM can be found on 92.0MHz.

Freedom FM on Radiowaves

Red Dragon Complaints

Red Dragon FM in Cardiff is having complaints against them investigated after their drive-time presenters yesterday mentioned rumours on-air that further blockades of oil refineries were imminent.
This led to panic petrol buying in Wales leading to chaos on the roads and the rumour then spread to South-West England followed by the rest of the UK.

ESG No Plans to Close

ESG FM’s station manager James Davids has this evening issued a statement stating that ESG is “NOT closing under any circumstances” and that a relaunch with big changes is on the way.
He also asks for supporters to “take no note of any of the rumours”.
The Dublin-based dance music station had been planning a move from their temporary premises of the past few weeks into a new studio which explains why they have had neither live programming nor RDS for the past few days.

Top Virgin

Virgin Radio in the UK are now the most listened to station on the internet. Arbitron today released findings for the month of July which, according to “Aggregate Tuning Hours”, places Virgin Radio in top place – a jump of one place from previously published figures.