Xtreme FM have had to cease transmissions on 101.8MHz in Dublin because of interference to NEAR FM on 101.6.
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 (Dún Laoghaire Campus Community Radio) are currently testing on 106.8MHz. They are due to start a temporarily-licensed broadcast on Monday.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEAR FM are back on air on 101.6MHz on Dublin’s northside with a new tower and RDS restored to ‘NEAR–FM‘.
Dublin’s 98FM have given their website a facelift. The new-look version is available at the same address: 98fm.ie
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audio problems affected Dublin’s 98FM transmissions this evening resulting in silence on their 98.1MHz frequency for periods.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.