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.
Comment: ODTR Round-country tour Summer 2000
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.
Comment: Welcome back.
Cork’s dance music station Radio Friendly are to close after the Jazz Weekend (October Bank Holiday). “The station are part of a bid for a radio licence and we feel that being on air might jeopardise our chances”, a spokesperson told Radiowaves. Radio Friendly can be heard until then on 106.4FM.
Comment: Best of luck with the bid.
Power FM in Cork are off the air following a visit from a member of RTÉ’s technical department last night, station manager Rick Sky has told Radiowaves. The RTÉ representative requested the station to cease broadcasting because of complaints of interference in the local area from the station’s transmissions which were causing “overload” on radios nearby and added that a report will be sent to the ODTR with a recommendation of closure. Although the transmissions themselves were clean, the RTÉ staff member pointed out that the power of 150w was the main cause of the problem. Rick added that Power FM will be off the air for “the foreseeable future”.
Kiss FM Cork ceased broadcasting today in order to apply for a licence. The station thanked all their loyal listeners and advertisers and hope to return “bigger and better” in the future.
Kiss FM in Cork are broadcasting again. Their website has changed from the page that said they had stopped broadcasting on Sunday. They are now scheduled to close on the 9th of November, but may last until Sunday the 12th, a spokesperson told Radiowaves.
Kiss FM can be heard on 105.5FM and 107.1FM.
Comment: Best of luck with the licence application.
A new underground dance station is planned for 106.8FM in Cork. The station, called X-FM, hopes to be on air for the beginning of December, a spokesperson this evening told Radiowaves.
In an unexpected move, the management of Kiss FM in Cork closed the station last night at 8.45pm, earlier than planned. The Cork airwaves are now very bare with all the unlicensed stations having closed down in the past couple of weeks. “You can now hear 96FM and County Sound on all their frequencies!”, a Cork listener this evening told Radiowaves.
Power FM in Cork will be back on air this evening on 94.9MHz between the hours of 8pm and midnight, to say goodbye to their listeners and to explain their absence from the airwaves since an incident with an RTE representative on October 25th last. The station do plan to return in the future on a new frequency, away from the “RTE and licensed” section of the band but that may be a while away, station manager Rick Sky told Radiowaves. In relation to recent monitoring of Power FM, Rick says, “I have kept the transmitter switched off for some time now…you mentioned that the signal was heard recently…that was not me. It was another station on 94.90 called Radio Harmony [which] is a low power station (15W) operating from the southside of the city. It is continuous music (no links whatsoever) and the lone operator is using a non-crystal TX which sometimes drifts down to 94.75 so some people may think that I am on. Harmony comes on air most weekends only”.
Power FM in Cork will be back on air again next Tuesday evening from 9pm on 94.9MHz, station manager Rick Sky told Radiowaves this evening. Although the station were on air as promised last night, they could not give their listeners a new frequency and so plan to return after a week of looking at the available options.
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.
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!
Freak FM has closed down. Cork’s long-running alternative rock music station, which broadcast on 105.2MHz FM, went off air in the early hours of this morning following a recent raid by ComReg. A series of foul-mouthed tirades against the authorities marked Freak FM’s final countdown during which station personnel broadcast a defiant message telling ComReg (at the end of a Rage Against the Machine track with a similar line): “F**k you, I won’t do what you tell me”. This was just minutes before they closed – just as they were told to.
The station feel aggrieved that a licence to broadcast to Cork has been awarded by the BCI to Life FM, a station broadcasting religious programming, yet their audience remains disenfranchised by the present licensing set-up. According to a station presenter, the BCI do not believe that there is a need for a station like Freak FM in Cork and he is calling on their listeners to “annoy them” until they get the message.