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