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”.
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.