DLCCR (Dún Laoghaire Campus Community Radio) are currently testing on 106.8MHz. They are due to start a temporarily-licensed broadcast on Monday.
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.
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.
Pirate radio station Splash FM has been shut down by the Gardaí. The station, based in Finglas in north Dublin, was broadcasting on 93.8MHz FM and had earned a reputation for broadcasting material which caused offence to anybody who may have stumbled upon their transmissions. Members of Dublin’s unlicensed community had expressed concern that the material being broadcast by Splash FM would be just the ammunition needed for the government regulatory body ComReg to launch another offensive against unlicensed stations which have established a pattern of coming on air at night and weekends only in hopes of thwarting any action against them.
According to the Gardaí, Splash FM was operated by members of the criminal fraternity, in particular an armed robber and drug dealer who is known as Mr Fatpuss. The station offered on-air tips on how to steal cars and also featured live broadcasts of joyriding gangs in action. Splash FM have also been accused of broadcasting racially offensive material.
Many of London’s estimated 80 pirate stations have been shut in a series of raids which started last Saturday and ended midweek. Ofcom, with police help, removed 53 radio transmitters, putting 44 stations involved in illegal broadcasting out of business. Stations affected include Afrique FM in Tottenham, Lush FM in Acton, Whoa FM in Elephant & Castle, Baseline FM in Lewisham, Powerjam in Battersea, Ragga FM in Edmonton and Have It FM in Bow. The operation was carried out because many of the stations are believed to be linked to criminal gangs. The raids also uncovered drugs and weapons, including firearms.
Bahrain is set to have its first private radio station. Sawt al-Ghad (Voice of Tomorrow) has already gone on the air on a trial basis on 98.4MHz FM. The station is expected to launch officially in a few weeks and will focus on music, sports, culture and the stock market but avoid news and politics.
Easy-listening Choice FM, which broadcasts across the country, have announced that An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern TD, will make a special guest appearance on the station on Friday 13th October. During a one-hour programme, An Taoiseach will play a mixture of his favourite songs and will discuss his love of sport and reminisce on the sporting glories of his favourite teams – Dublin and Manchester United. He will also talk about growing up in Dublin during the 1950s and how music and sport have influenced his life.
Speaking to Radiowaves News this evening, Choice FM station manager Kevin Branigan, said: “Obviously we are delighted that An Taoiseach is able to make the time to appear on Ireland’s Choice FM. The programme will be exciting for our listeners as it will show a more human side to him, as opposed to the public persona that we would all be more aware of.”
The programme will be broadcast from Government Buildings between 6pm and 7pm and is part of a series of weekly shows, presented by Joe Harrington, that feature the music and interests of well-known individuals from Irish life.
Choice FM broadasts on AM and FM to Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The station has been granted a temporary broadcasting licence to operate until November 12th and is expected to apply for a full-time licence during 2007.
A brand new station launches in Dublin this evening. The 90s Network will appear for the first time ever on 99.5MHz FM at midnight. The station is operating under a temporary licence from the BCI and will be on air on weekends through to January 2009.
The 90s Network embraces “a decade in rewind” with news, features and music totally focusing on the 90s.
Some of the presenters on air over the coming weekends are Enda Caldwell, Brian Butterly, Ralph McGarry, Robbie Dunbar, Mike O’Brien, Louise Phelan, Jason Dee and Wayne Scales.
Rumours that Dublin’s Country Mix 106.8 are to close are premature. So says the station’s Chief Executive Seán Ashmore.
Speaking to The Irish Times Seán admits that the station are facing difficult times and that four staff members have been let go but he denies that the station have discussed handing back their licence to the BCI.
RealRadio 100.3, Dublin’s newest temporarily licensed radio station, today revealed the real Mike Moloney live on air. The former RTÉ 2FM presenter revealed that he had planned his own suicide for over a month but changed his mind at the last minute.
Mike Moloney (right) presents the “Moloney after Midday” show on the ‘Hot Talk’ experimental station which is on air every day for the next month. On Mike’s show today there was an intense conversation about teenage suicide and the presenter revealed that he once contemplated suicide in his teens.
Although at first reluctant to tell his story on air Mike says: “Something just clicked with me and I felt I would tell my story.”
Mike went on to detail his life as a teenager and the fact that he planned in detail his own suicide for over a month and only at the last minute changed his mind. He told listeners about his state of mind in that period in his life and why he felt that way.
Listener texts poured into the station wishing Mike well.
Station Boss Niall Boylan said: “I wanted the station to be different and the presenters to be real people and Mike certainly knows the meaning of the words ‘real radio’. We received so many calls about the show, all wishing Mike the best and congratulating him on his bravery and honesty, and I feel that Real Radio will be something people can associate with. We are not a big corporation and have no hidden agendas, we just want give the listeners a taste of American ‘Hot Talk’, better known as Real Radio.”
Real Radio broadcasts to the Dublin area and surrounds on 100.3MHz FM from a studio base in Swords in north Co Dublin. It launched on Monday morning at 8am. Presenters are giving their time on a voluntary basis and all profits will go to the DSPCA.
Seasonal radio station Christmas FM have announced that the EBS Building Society and the Irish Daily Mail will co-sponsor the station’s 2010 broadcast, helping to cover the necessary running costs and promotion of the station.
Christmas Fm will be on air 24 hours a day from November 28th to December 27th and this year will add Galway, Limerick and the south-east to their Dublin and Cork multi-city schedule.
The station is Ireland’s only dedicated Christmas radio station and hopes to raise over €100,000 for Barnardos, its dedicated charity partner for 2010.
Speaking regarding the sponsorship announcement, Walter Hegarty, Technical Director for Christmas FM said: “Christmas FM is delighted to welcome back the EBS and Irish Daily Mail as our chief sponsors for 2010 as we look to continue to spread some Christmas cheer. The reaction to the station has been fantastic, and last year we were listened to by over a third of our target audience of 15 – 44 year olds. The station has proven a very effective medium for not only generating donations, but also heightening awareness and the profile of our charity partner.”
Christmas FM will once again feature a continuous mix of classic Christmas music and chat. Well-known current and ex-radio personalities will volunteer their time to fill the presenting roles.
Last year’s broadcast raised €70,000 for the station’s charity partner. Research carried out independently of Christmas FM found that recognition of the Christmas FM brand increased from 33% to 47% amongst 15 – 44 yr olds from the 2008 to the 2009 broadcast, while listenership increased from 25% to 38% for the same age group. The number of texts received by the station in 2009 was also up 50% on the number received in 2008.
The station’s proposed frequencies are 89.9MHz in Dublin, 106.7MHz in Cork, 89.5MHz in Galway, 105.5MHz in Limerick and 103.8MHz in the south-east (covering parts of Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Tipperary).