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Increase for Choice

Choice FM, Cabra’s local station on 90.4MHz in Dublin, was off air for an hour tonight before returning at 8.30pm with an increase of power, station manager Brian Butterly has told Radiowaves News.

Second Choice

Choice FM, from Cabra in north Dublin, are now broadcasting on a second channel. The station’s usual frequency is 96.4MHz, but they can now also be heard on 98.4MHz. The station have introduced second outputs in the past on a test basis. Most recently they ran a test on 104.1MHz.

Dublin City Beats to the Sound of City FM

A new dance & r ‘n’ b music station is now on air on 94.1MHz to Dublin. Formed from the ashes of Hot FM and The Vibe who were both raided on ‘Black Tuesday’, Dublin’s City FM has been on air with a powerful signal since yesterday afternoon. There is an alternating RDS giving the station name ‘CITY  FM ‘ as well as the message ‘STAND BY’

Choice in court

Cabra’s Choice FM appeared in court today for the second time in relation to charges arising out of last May’s ‘Black Tuesday’ raids. ComReg are seeking a fine of up to E7,000, plus expenses, against the north Dublin station’s owner. The case has been adjourned until May.
Choice FM, who usually broadcast on 96.4MHz, closed last Thursday evening at 11pm. It is unknown whether they will return.

Festive Station Christmas FM Raised €30,000 For ISPCC

Christmas FM, the temporary radio station which broadcast for a month leading to St Stephen’s Day, raised over €30,000 for their charity partner the ISPCC. The station broadcast live in Dublin on 89.9MHz FM and across the world via the internet on a voluntary basis playing non-stop Christmas tunes. Texts to the station cost €1 and proceeds went to the charity.

A statement from the station’s management reads: “Christmas FM would like to thank everybody who supported the station during our recent temporary licence. We would like to say a sincere thank you and well done to the many djs and presenters from radio stations all over Leinster and beyond whose dedication made the station the success that it was. Credit is also due to the management of those stations who readily agreed to allow their staff to participate in the project. In common with most temporary stations there were very little resources available for pre-launch publicity. We were also conscious of the economic downturn and the fact that a charity-oriented service was a new concept. Despite all this the station literally hit the ground running and remained in full throttle mode for the duration. From the very early stages it became apparent that the impact of the station was going to be a lot bigger than we had dared hope. Over the course of the 30 days we received over 10,500 text messages. The website, christmasfm.ie had almost 4 million hits during the same period. Our online listenership averaged 1,500 per day. Given that the station came from nowhere on November 28th we are extremely pleased with what was achieved and are delighted that the listening public seem to have taken the station and its ethos to heart.”

The station have indicated that they hope to return for next Christmas.