Kiss FM, Cork’s dance music station, are off air as a precaution following a warning that the ODTR may be heading their way.
Radio Friendly (based in Cork) went off air tonight presumably to avoid an ODTR raid. Radiowaves News has also received unconfirmed reports that Cork’s other unlicensed stations are also off air as a precaution against ODTR visits.
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Kiss FM in Cork came back on air this afternoon with normal programming and RDS following yesterday’s decision to stop broadcasting to avoid an ODTR visit.
Kiss FM broadcast to Cork on 105.5MHz and 107.1 to S Tipperary.
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The IRTC has advertised for applications from parties interested in serving Cork city and county with an FM radio station. This time there is no specifications for the type of service required but the IRTC has indicated that they wish to increase the choices on offer to listeners. Closing date for applications is 10th November.
Kiss FM have re-appeared on 105.5MHz this evening. The station are now broadcasting from a new transmitter site.
Radio Caroline will make a return the airwaves tomorrow on their 98.2MHz frequency.
Sunshine Radio has now limited it’s broadcast hours to Sunday morning/afternoons only on 104.3MHz
LUV FM remain silent with no transmissions whatsoever.
Radio Friendly continue uninterrupted on 104.6MHz as do alternative rock station Freak FM on 107.6MHz.
The unidentified station on 105.0MHz continues with sporadic and infrequent broadcasts
UCB continue to occupy 107.0MHz and UCB Cross Rhythms are still on 87.7MHz
Power FM station owner Max Power confirmed today that there is no plans to bring the station back in the foreseeable future.
Spin FM are now indicating that they will be on air by Christmas, despite an announcement earlier in the year that it would be October. This emerged at a meeting with the BCI earlier this week. The exact launch date will be agreed later this month.
It was also revealed that Cork’s new station Red FM should be on air by November.
Luv FM is the station broadcasting on 105.5MHz in Cork. The station owner has confirmed that they have decided to use the old Kiss FM frequency but not before fooling people into believing that Kiss FM had made a return by playing back-to-back dance music!
A considerable drop in transmitter power has been noted from Cork Campus Radio. In the areas outside of Cork city where previously the station could be received without problem, the signal is presently very weak and is even susceptible to interference from WLR’s 97.5FM transmitter.
Cork Campus Radio serves the student population of Cork city on 97.4MHz and has remained on air during the college holidays with limited weekday programmes.
Charlie Wolf collapsed whilst live on air on Red FM last night. He collapsed during the final hour of his ‘Cork Talks Back’ programme as he was reading out amusing items. Listeners to the new Cork station heard Charlie struggle for breath and then collapse, with papers scattering. After a moment’s pause, his producer announced that they’d be right back and played music.
A survival competition is underway on Cork’s 96/103FM with four people now living in a Volkswagon Beetle in Douglas Village Shopping Centre.
At 9am this morning, four contestants waved goodbye to their loved ones for at least two nights. The carmates, who in a cruel twist have been forbidden from brushing their hair, washing their teeth and using deodorant for the duration of their stay in the car, will be eliminated one by one by the stations’ listeners. The first eviction will take place on Wednesday morning.
On Friday morning, with two finalists remaining inside the car, the final eviction will be made live on the Neil Prendeville show on 96FM. Neil will link up with Patricia Messenger in North Cork and John Greene in West Cork – the two local services from 103FM County Sound.
Cork’s 96 & 103FM are keeping a constant eye on the contestants by webcam and by live feeds from the car to the station, which can be accessed at random.
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.
A public meeting was held in Charleville, Co Cork on Wednesday night in order to gain a mandate from the people to go ahead with a plan to establish a community radio station in the town. The idea was met with approval and the group are to begin planning their proposal for submission to the BCI for an initial temporary licence.