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Xtreme ceased

Xtreme FM have had to cease transmissions on 101.8MHz in Dublin because of interference to NEAR FM on 101.6.

Pulse Abandon Case

Pulse FM have reluctantly abandoned its case seeking a judicial review into the awarding of the youth licence for Dublin. Pulse FM, who lost out to Spin FM, would have been required to lodge £100,000 as security for costs, which Pulse claimed in a statement is “nothing short of a gagging order”.

“It should be a matter of public concern, in particular in the current climate, that a body, all of whose members are appointed by the politicians of the day, can decide who has a right to broadcast in this country without any obligations to state reasons for its decision,” Pulse FM said.

DLCCR testing

DLCCR (Dún Laoghaire Campus Community Radio) are currently testing on 106.8MHz. They are due to start a temporarily-licensed broadcast on Monday.

Lite for Life

Raidió na Life’s looped announcement regarding their permanent move to 106.4MHz has now vacated 102.2MHz where there is presently a test-tone from Lite FM, Dublin’s newly licensed station for the over 35 age group which is due to launch on May 25th at 1.02pm.

Turn on the Lite

Lite FM is on air from 1.02pm tomorrow. “Turn on the Lite” is the ‘clever’ advertising campaign bombarding Dubliners from buses, bus stops and poster hoardings. If there is a live stream it should be accessible from their website.

The Lite has Been Switched On

The radio gods said “Let there be Lite” and at 1.02pm today Lite FM – Dublin’s newest licensed station – took to the airwaves on 102.2MHz. First voice heard was Scott Williams, who interviewed Tánaiste Mary Harney on dreadful sounding mics. The first song played was John Lennon’s “Imagine” and the first programme on the station promising “all-time favourites” was presented by Liam Quigley.

Okay to Spin

Storm FM’s challenge against the IRTC’s award of the youth licence for Dublin to Spin FM has failed. The court has upheld the decision to award to Spin FM and not accepted the claim that there was bias from the IRTC against Storm FM’s John Reynolds due to allegations that his night club “The Pod” was involved in drug dealing.

There has, as of yet, been no frequency allocated to Spin FM according to a spokesperson for the IRTC.

Spin Face Further Storm Delays

Spin FM – the newly licensed youth service for Dublin – face further launch delays after unsuccessful licence applicant John Reynolds of the Storm FM consortium appealed the recent court decision that there was no bias on the part of the IRTC in awarding the license to Spin FM. The case now must go back to the Supreme Court for a full appeal hearing which will not take place until next Autumn at the earliest.

Factory of Sound

Sound Factory 106.8 are on air in Dublin broadcasting a multi-cultural mix of programming from Griffith College under a temporary licence. The station is operated by the Red Bull Music Academy and the broadcasts will end next Sunday.

FM104 KOd

Dublin’s FM104 were off air last night for a period following a break-in at their transmitter site which necessitated broadcasting from a standby transmitter in Hume House for a period. They are now back on from 3 Rock following a temporary repair job, although there was thousands of pounds worth of equipment ruined.

NEAR Site Vandalised

The transmission site of Dublin community station NEAR FM was vandalised today at approx 4pm and equipment was stolen – namely their transmitter and their RDS encoder.

About an hour later broadcasts returned to 101.6MHz but this time bearing the RDS COOL–FM.

The individual conned his way onto site using the name of NEAR FM’s engineer.

‘Cool FM’ is still on air late tonight.

It will take some time before NEAR FM return to air as their mast was also destroyed in the attack.

Stolen Equipment Returned

NEAR FM and FM104 have had their stolen equipment recovered by police after official pirate radio detection experts managed to locate station broadcasts in Rathfarnham, Dublin.
Other equipment relating to recent thefts at East Coast Radio and CKR FM was also discovered.

So NEAR

NEAR FM are back on air on 101.6MHz on Dublin’s northside with a new tower and RDS restored to ‘NEAR–FM‘.

98 Weblift

Dublin’s 98FM have given their website a facelift. The new-look version is available at the same address: 98fm.ie

Dixon Attacked

FM104’s R&B specialist Tony Dixon was attacked at the weekend in a pub in Castleknock. He was 15 minutes into his set when he was struck over the head with a bottle by a man who had repeatedly requested songs which the he refused to play. The attack has left the dj badly scarred.

Everyone’s doing great!

RTÉ Radio, Today FM and just about every other station in the country are claiming that more and more people are tuning their way. It can only mean today’s release of the JNLR figures covering the period July 99 – June 2000. Countrywide, yesterday RTÉ Radio 1 are getting 30%, 2FM 28% and Today FM 14%. In Dublin RTÉ Radio 1 are pulling in 40% of listeners with 16% each for 2FM, FM104 and 98FM. Overall the RTÉ stations are getting a 49% share and the independents 51%.

Comment: Such a shame that the pirates aren’t included. It would be nice to have a true reflection of who’s listening to what and it might also put an end to the whole ESG v Hot debate currently boring everyone to tears on bulletin boards.

Radio GAA GAA

G.A.A. FM broadcast their inaugural transmission on 106.8MHz in Dublin today from 12 noon.

Operating under a temporary licence, programming lasted for five and a half hours and included RTÉ’s commentary on The All-Ireland Hurling Final and other post-match programming.

The station was also available worldwide from both Setanta’s and the G.A.A.’s websites.

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 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?

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

Big Rover

FM104 have released details of their version of the successful UK television show ‘Big Brother’. It is entitled “Big Rover” and the prize will be a Rover 25 which will be parked off Grafton St in Dublin’s city centre from October 31st. The four contestants will be expected to live inside with a ten minute break every two hours. The person who manages to stay in the car the longest gets to drive it away. The car will be constantly monitored by microphones with regular updates on air and the public are also invited to drop by to take a look. Qualifiers will be chosen from next Monday. FM104 can be found on 104.4MHz in Dublin city and surrounding counties.

Star Signs

Formerly known as the IRTC, The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) today signed a broadcasting contract with Star Broadcasting Limited, who will operate the new special interest music station for Dublin City.
Star Broadcasting Limited were one of the recent successful applicants for two new special interest radio licences for the Dublin area and they were represented at the signing by Chairman David Harvey and Director Paul Coulson.
The station will be known as Dublin’s Country 106.8FM and will provide a special interest music service specialising in Country and Irish Music genres. Music will represent 70% of total output over the broadcast day. In addition to the overall music mix special music features will be broadcast in the evenings. Other important elements of the station’s programming will be news & current affairs and information, which will include regular local news bulletins, community notice board updates and frequent Dublin country gig guides.
Speaking at the signing, BCI chairman Conor J. Maguire said, “We are delighted to see Dublin’s Country 106.8FM join the independent radio sector. This contract signing marks the continued implementation of the Commission’s licensing policy developed in 1999, in which increasing the number of stations on-air and ensuring diversity of types are integral to the development of our policy”, Conor J. Maguire concluded.
Test broadcasts on 106.8 FM in Dublin City are planned for the near future and live broadcasting is scheduled to commence in October.

Xmas Spin

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.

Sun Gone Down

Sun FM, the non-stop 80’s Dublin station, is off air today because of technical problems. Station source 80s Bloke told Radiowaves News this afternoon that it may take a few days before the station returns. “It’s a pity the technical problems didn’t happen in the last 2 weeks while we were off air – that’s Murphy’s Law!!” he concluded. Sun FM usually broadcast on 101.3MHz.

Scotland’s Country

Scottish Radio Holdings, who own a string of local stations in Scotland as well as Today FM in Ireland, have offered to buy struggling local station Dublin’s Country 106.8FM. The deal is expected to be completed within weeks following approval – albeit ‘in principle’ – from the BCI. They are also expected to ‘change the format’, although what this exactly means is anybody’s guess until they submit the proposed changes to the Commission.
Dublin’s Country have been on air for less than a year with disastrous listenership figures. They have proved unsuccessful at attracting advertising and have had to let staff go in their time on air. This means that the station will be sold for a very low price, once the debts have been covered.

Dublin’s Country – as Star FM – were awarded a licence under a lengthy and costly BCI process. A number of other stations also applied for the same ‘specialist music’ licence, including Dublin Alternative Rock station Phantom FM, who were disappointed for the second time in recent years.
Pete Reed, Phantom FM’s general manager, reacted angrily to the news: “I am shocked that the deal has been given approval,” he said, speaking to Radiowaves News tonight. He pointed out that: “it states quite clearly in the BCI’s application form that the Commission would look ‘very unfavourably’ on any attempt to sell in the first two years of a station’s existence.”

Indeed, conscious of the costly process, the BCI’s statement says: “[We] will generally look unfavourably upon proposed changes in ownership structures within a two-year period after the granting of a licence. The Commission takes the view that such changes are likely to undermine the integrity of the licensing process itself and be unfair to unsuccessful applicants.”

Pete is not the only one who is outraged at this development. He said he has been speaking to a number of the other unsuccessful groups with a view to taking legal action against the sale.
“It is outrageous that SRH can come into this country and pick up a local station for a song,” he continued. “We will definitely be pursuing this further.”

Go (Mid)West

Following the re-advertisement of existing local radio services throughout the country, the BCI announced today that they have granted the Mayo licence (in principle) to the present incumbent Mid-West Radio, despite the station facing a challenge from Coast FM – a newcomer. This is subject to the successful conclusion of the contract.
Speaking on the station’s website, Mid West Radio’s station manager Paul Claffey said: “The winning of the licence was a testament to the many years of quality service that this radio station has given to the listener in County Mayo. Despite the emergence of a second application for the licence, the company was always confident that our successful track record over the past 13 years would be a key factor in winning the licence. Our application reflected on our past success and more importantly looked to the future, clearly demonstrating our commitment to the people of Mayo for the next ten years and beyond. No radio station can stand still and here at Mid West Radio we will continue to meet the challenges of an ever changing listenership as we have done. It is our job to work even harder to maintain and improve on our already record breaking listenership figures, to continually enhance and improve our programming schedule and to provide the business community the best platform from which they can reach their audience.”

Unbelievably HIT Idea

A controversial billboard ad campaign run by FM104 has been pulled following complaints. The ads, which also appeared in bus and rail stations, made clever use of what appeared to be advertising space which was too small for the full-sized poster. This resulted in the slogan “HIT HOT MUSIC” appearing with part of an assumed letter ‘S’ before it. Another ad ran with what appeared to be part of the letter ‘C’ before the slogan “KING BRILLIANT MUSIC”, leaving no doubt to the intent.
The Advertising Standards Authority upheld the complaints and ordered the Dublin station to take down the offensive posters.

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.

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.

British Invasion Set to Continue

British takeovers of Irish radio stations look set to continue, according to a report in today’s Sunday Times. Scottish Radio Holdings, UTV, and Capital Radio (London) have all entered bids to buy popular Dublin station FM104, which has been on air since 1989. UTV tried to buy the station last year, but BCI rules prevented the sale from going ahead and they instead purchased Lite FM. The paper reveals that a number of venture capital groups are also interested in buying the station.

Extensions Given

The BCI have given both CKR FM & Radio Kilkenny two month extensions to their contracts. Both stations lost their licences during the recent BCI relicensing process with CKR due to close next Monday, and Radio Kilkenny scheduled to cease on September 30th. This means that CKR, who broadcast to Carlow and Kildare, will now cease broadcasting on November 15th, and Radio Kilkenny will now cease on November 30th.

In considering the request for extensions, the BCI were mindful of the fact that there would be no broad-based dedicated local radio services for the Carlow, Kildare or Kilkenny areas following the expiry of the contracts of CKR FM and Radio Kilkenny. This is notwithstanding the fact that there are other licensed stations available in these areas. The Board also took into consideration the fact that, while the BCI is currently negotiating contracts with both the stations’ replacements – KFM (Co Kildare) and KCLR (Carlow/Kilkenny) – these have not been concluded to date.

The BCI’s Chief Executive Michael O’Keeffe said: “The Commission’s primary concern in offering contract extensions to both stations is to ensure that listeners in Kildare, Carlow and Kilkenny will continue to receive a dedicated local radio service.”

He went on to stress that the contract extensions offered to CKR FM and Radio Kilkenny were contingent upon receipt of confirmation from both stations of their acceptance of a range of conditions. “In our correspondence with both stations, we have outlined the conditions required for the continued operation of the licences”, O’Keeffe said. “In the event that these conditions are not adhered to the Commission will not proceed with the extension of contracts and the licences of CKR and Radio Kilkenny will therefore expire on September 15th and September 30th respectively.”

The conditions are that any on-air arguments or discussions about new franchises must be presented in a fair and balanced way. It is understood that the BCI have expressed dissatisfaction with the way Radio Kilkenny have carried debates in the past.

Out of The Zone

The Zone’s weekend rock service has temporarily ceased broadcasting on 102.5MHz in Dublin. This follows the station’s submission of an expression of interest in a new Dublin licence to the BCI. The automated service is still streaming on the net at rtsp://www.thezone1025.com/the zone.sdp using Quicktime.

Adrian Kennedy Threatened with Death

Dublin’s FM104 Phoneshow host Adrian Kennedy has been issued with death threats following an interview with a well-known American racist during the week, according to today’s Sunday World. Kennedy told the white supremacist exactly what he thought of him at the end of a lively debate. The show was bombarded with threatening phone calls and emails by neo-nazis in the immediate aftermath, and these have been reported to Gardaí.

Phantom FM Get a Licence

Dublin indie rock station Phantom FM have been granted a 30 day temporary licence to broadcast on the FM band by the BCI. The station, who have in the past applied twice for a permanent licence but been turned down, plan to spread the 30 days over 14 weekends running from 18th October until early next year – and will also include broadcasts on Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day. They will continue to use the name Phantom FM.

The return of the influential station will be welcomed by thousands of musically disenfranchised young Dubliners in a city where a licensed specialist modern rock service has so far been lacking.
Phantom FM will continue to offer a “modern rock” programme schedule consisting of Irish and international indie/alternative rock artists with a heavy emphasis on emerging talent from the Dublin scene that are under represented on the playlists of existing commercial stations. Live interviews and in studio sessions will be a regular feature of programming that will be presented by enthusiastic and informed presenters. A measure of the calibre of the new broadcasting talent nurtured by Phantom FM is the fact that key music programmes on Today FM, 2FM and FM104 are all presented by ex-Phantom DJs. The station also plans to host number of live concerts in Dublin venues that will be broadcast live along with a series of music workshops for new bands and artists.

“We will be championing the local music scene and are proud to do so,” says Simon Maher, Phantom’s station manager. “There is a wealth of local bands and artists who are recording music, filling venues and have healthy CD sales yet are rarely heard on local or national radio. Radio airplay is crucial to nurturing this talent who are a valuable micro-economy in themselves. We’re grateful to the BCI for giving us this opportunity.”
Maher cites the thousands of survey forms received from online listeners who want to hear new Irish music on the air and broad support from the music industry.

Phantom FM will broadcast on 97.3 MHz FM across Dublin city every weekend commencing on October 18th right through until the final broadcast in the series on January 18th, 2004. Programming will run each weekend from midnight Friday until midnight Sunday. Outside of these hours the station will continue to transmit via the web at www.phantomfm.com. The station will be funded by revenues generated by programme sponsorship.

Wireless Media Ltd., the promoters of Phantom FM have recently made a submission of interest to the BCI to operate a similar radio service on a permanent basis in Dublin. The station twice applied in the past for a Special Interest Radio licence, narrowly losing out to Country 106.8FM in 2001. In its current submission to the BCI, Phantom FM has emphasised the need for a medium sized station that would provide a specialist modern rock music with a low cost base and that would be independently owned. The promoters are undeterred by the many larger radio interests who have become suddenly interested in operating a Phantom FM style service.

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.

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

A new radio competition: Spot the Difference

Radio listeners in Dublin, already bombarded with competitions on their commercial stations, have a new game they can play: Spot the Difference. The only problem is there is no cash incentive, but it could be fun.

According to today’s Sunday Times FM104, one of the capital’s top stations, have accused Spin 1038, one of the capital’s youngest stations, of ripping off their playlist to the tune of up to an overlap of 48% on some days. It is a strange complaint from a station which sounds almost identical to just about every other contemporary station in every major city across the world, and it is a complaint which Spin actually find complimentary! In a statement to the BCI, Spin chief Liam Thompson reckoned that the similar playlists show that his station has a ‘good understanding’ of their relative position in the marketplace considering that both stations are licensed to serve the 15-34 market.

The complaint, which was made last year, was dismissed by the BCI after an analysis of the output from both stations. The BCI did, however, admit that Spin 1038 were not playing enough dance music.

FM104 claim that the similarity in playlists is ‘doing considerable damage’ to their business and also found the BCI’s response ‘insulting and dismissive’.

Although content on the two stations is bound to be similar, Spin’s approach and deliverance is radically different. In that respect they are, indeed, offering an alternative to Dublin listeners, who had little choice when FM104 & 98FM were the only stations serving the capital on a commercial basis. It could be argued that the introduction of Spin, along with other commercial stations, has shaken the top two from their relative positions of comfort.

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.”

Change of Name for 106.8

Dublin’s Country are, since this morning, now identifying on-air as Dublin’s Country Mix 106.8, having finally been given the go-ahead for a name-change by the BCI. The station’s website also relaunched yesterday with a slick new look at perfectstation.com.

New Studios for WDAR

West Dublin Access Radio, which broadcasts on 96.0MHz FM, has relaunched from new state-of-the-art studios based in the Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre. The refurbishment took ten weeks to complete.
The station started a five year licence run in September 2004 following a successful temporary licence run.

New Choice of Presenters

Dublin’s easy-listening weekend station Choice FM, which broadcasts on 92.1MHz FM, have added more presenters to their line-up. John Power, who previously worked at Q102, Magic 103 and Energy 103 in the ’80s and FM104 in the ’90s, will join the team on October 1st. He most recently presented the Saturday afternoon slot at East Coast FM.
Meanwhile, Liza Jolie has also joined the station as a presenter and can be heard on Saturdays and Sundays from midnight to 3am. Liza currently works as a newsreader at East Coast FM.
Choice FM operates under temporary licence from the BCI.

IMR Look to the Future

We’re going off air tonight but we won’t be going away because we don’t know the meaning of the words ‘going away’.” These were the words of Irish Music Radio’s CEO Joe Doyle this evening as he prepared to close the Dublin station following fifteen weekends on air broadcasting under their second temporary licence from the BCI. Although Irish Music Radio will continue to stream live online after tonight’s closedown, Joe was referring to plans to apply for a full-time licence in the future. Irish Music Radio will be going for a regional Country and Irish licence due to be offered by the BCI towards the end of next year, a service that Dublin’s Country Mix 106.8FM have also expressed an interest in applying for. Perhaps surprisingly, the competition has been welcomed by Joe who feels that IMR’s “record in the provision of such a service speaks for itself”. The new licence will be based outside Dublin but will be for an AM channel.
The station’s ‘Meltdown’ included a live broadcast from the Steering Wheel pub in Clondalkin, although this was not without its teething problems which led to Joe giving the studio microphones a different sort of meltdown thanks to a foul-mouthed rant which accidentally went out live on air.

Ministry FM Closes

Long-running pirate station Ministry FM has ceased broadcasting following representations made to them by ComReg. The dance music station, who had been broadcasting on 93.2MHz FM, were informed that they would be raided unless they closed down: they complied with this request.
All of Ministry’s equipment is now being offered for sale amidst rumours that station personnel are planning on bringing it back.
Ministry started life as Mad Radio with a low-powered signal covering Dublin’s city centre. They changed name to Ministry at the end of 2002 and went from strength to strength. They have closed in the past thanks to official activity, but later returned.
Another dance music station, Flash FM, has now appeared on 93.2MHz FM.

Awesome! Aidan to Present ’80s Show

Aidan Cooney, the well-known tv and radio presenter, has been signed up to present 'The Awesome '80s Show' on Dublin station Q102. Broadcasting weekdays for two hours from 7pm, the show aims to play the very best music from the 1980s and will also be fully interactive, with the chance for listeners to request their favourite songs.

Aidan Cooney, the well-known tv and radio presenter, has been signed up to present ‘The Awesome ’80s Show’ on Dublin station Q102. Broadcasting weekdays for two hours from 7pm, the show aims to play the very best music from the 1980s and will also be fully interactive, with the chance for listeners to request their favourite songs.
The Awesome ’80s Show will target the 35+ demographic and will also feature a variety of competitions.
Aidan (pictured) has previously presented the Saturday sport show on Dublin’s Q102 but says that he is delighted to be returning to his first love, music: “Radio presenting has always been a passion of mine and I am delighted with this opportunity to present The Awesome ’80s Show on Dublin’s Q102. I hope that playing such classics as Adam and The Ants, Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran and The Cure will brighten up the long winter evenings and help listeners unwind after their day.”

Orla Teams Up With Hayes for FM Broadcasts

Radio Orla, the internet-based Anglo-Polish radio station, and Hayes FM, a brand-new multi-lingual FM broadcaster in west London which launched on Saturday, have teamed up to reach the Polish community in the FM station’s catchment area. It marks the first time that a Polish-language commercial broadcaster has gone FM in the United Kingdom and underlines the interest not only from the large Polish community in the UK for such content but also the appetite from a British audience to learn about Polish culture. Radio Orla will be providing Lukasz Foster’s bi-lingual shows to listeners of Hayes FM 91.8.

Hayes FM 91.8 will broadcast a range of local radio programmes for the whole area, including targeted music and community programmes for the Irish, Polish, South Asian, African and Caribbean populations in West London.

George Matlock, managing director of Radio Orla, says: “Radio Orla is very pleased to have been approached with this proposal as it is an endorsement of our content and established position in the market for Polish programming. We are especially keen to foster stronger and positive ties with other communities. In fact, we already provide knowledge to other East European communities about how to broadcast online. I know Lukasz will be a fine bi-lingual entertainer for the Hayes-based community.”

Sutish Sharma, managing editor of Hayes FM, says: “Hayes FM offers a format that cannot be found anywhere in the world, and the partnership with Radio Orla not only adds great value to our output, but continues our commitment to bring communities together and bring about positive change for our area through solidarity.”

i102-104FM Gives Axl the Axe After O2 Concert

i102104, the regional station for the west and north-west, has banned Guns ‘N’ Roses from its airwaves following Wednesday’s shambolic concert by the band at Dublin’s O2 venue. The band’s lead vocalist Axl Rose stormed off the stage after being attacked by missiles thrown from the crowd who were angry that the band arrived on stage late.

i102-104 say that they have been inundated with complaints from their listeners. A press release says: “The station received hundreds of text messages and phone calls from enraged listeners yesterday morning following the show.

Leigh Doyle, i102-104’s Programme Director, said that the station had decided to support the fans by banning Guns ‘N Roses from the station permanently. “We can’t ignore the hundreds of texts and phone calls from irate fans complaining about the gig,” he continued. “Many had asked us never to play Guns ‘N’ Roses again so we’ve listened to them and decided they won’t be played on the i102-104 airwaves.”

Dublin’s Country Set to Bathe in Sunshine

Dublin’s Country Mix 106.8 have announced that that it will be re-branding to Dublin’s Sunshine 106.8. The re-branding of the station has been approved by the BAI and will commence this weekend through the use of on-air promos announcing the change.

From early next week the new brand will be introduced in on-air programming (initially alongside the existing identification). The re-branding will be complete by year-end. No programming changes are planned by the station as the re-branding process gets underway.

Seán Ashmore, the station’s CEO, says: “We’ve decided on a re-brand because our research has confirmed that the phrase ‘Country’ means different things to different people. People’s perception about what the station has to offer was not in line with the scope of the music played on-air. Today our playlist covers a wide range of artists from The Eagles to Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum to Ronan Keating and classics from the likes of Glen Campbell to Dolly Parton.”

A completely new logo and brand mark to reflect the station’s new name has been developed by Pat Kinsley of Neworld Design in Dublin (see below).

Robbie Robinson, the founder of the original Sunshine Radio in Dublin in 1980, is happy to see the name back in use in Dublin and wishes the station the best of luck with the re-brand.

Country Mix 106.8 was launched in 2001 and currently has a daily reach of 4% of all adults in the Dublin market and a market share of 3.3%.

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.

100 to Come from BCR FM

BCR FM has been awarded a second 100 day licence which will come into effect from tomorrow, September 26th.
The station will broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays only which means the licence will run until September 5th next year.
They will be available on 101.9MHz FM, throughout Ballina and its surrounding areas and will also continue to stream all shows online at bcrfm.ie, as well as on the TuneIn app for smart devices and phones.