Hot Radio’s 99.1 transmitter was stolen today. Uniquely, the culprit (using the name Tony Quinn) plugged it back in and broadcast messages stating that he’d stolen the transmitter and is broadcasting his own programming – currently strongest in the west of Dublin.
99.1’s Monday evening fare consisted of continuous dance music with no idents up until 10.15pm when they identified themselves as “Cool FM – Dublin’s newest dance station”. Sign-off was just before 11pm. There is a stronger signal this evening making it possible to tune in across the city.
In Dublin, the stolen 99.1 transmitter has been recovered. The equipment, which is the property of Glenn Kelly who recently pulled out of ESG and offered the use of the transmitter to Hot Radio, was stolen from Kiltipper Hill on Sunday at 4pm.
Yesterday morning’s broadcasts were traced to Terenure but were switched off just as apprehension was imminent. However a friend of “Tony Quinn” (real name Paul Archer from Blanchardstown) was found with the equipment later that day.
Hot Radio are requesting any information on Paul Archer and can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hot Radio is now back broadcasting on 99.1MHz in Dublin after the excitement of the past few days. Is Cool FM the shortest living radio station (used in it’s broadest sense) in broadcast history?
C101.3 were off air also for most of the day but returned just after 2.30pm. Cause unknown; although there was still a full metered signal present so maybe the problem was that there was no-one there to reboot the pc? Automated stations, eh!
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.
C101.3’s non-stop eighties mix was off air all day today.
Comment: Stick an eighties compilation cd into your player and you won’t miss it!
Radio Caroline are considering the possibility of running full-time broadcasts on 1296kHz as a result of the major success of last weekend’s one day broadcast. However, financial considerations may scupper any such plans.
Meanwhile, Caroline’s full-time net broadcasts which consist of some specially recorded programmes; repeated programming from their weekend Astra broadcasts; and continuous album music, are now up and running.
Source: Anorak Hour News
Comment: Despite the fact that we wouldn’t receive the broadcasts in Ireland, the notion of Caroline on am full-time is overwhelming
Sun FM is how the non-stop eighties music station on 101.3MHz in Dublin is now identifying itself. Previous name was C101.3.
Comment: Looking to tan the opposition?!
A continuous music station playing mainly Country & Irish – but with other genres also receiving airplay – has appeared on 103.7MHz in Dublin and surrounding areas using the RDS ‘COUNTRY.’ (including the full-stop at the end!)
The station is strongest in the west with reasonable quality in the city-centre.
This is in addition to the blank carrier which is also being received on 103.7MHz in certain areas.
Report: Simon Maher
Comment: It can safely be assumed that this is not Spin testing!!
Cabra’s Choice FM will be returning to their previous frequency of 96.4MHz this evening. The station have been on 94.3MHz for the past few weeks and there is a possibility that they may move to another frequency in the future.
Dublin’s FM band was totally clear of unlicensed activity today for the first time since last year’s May ‘Black Tuesday’ raids. Every Dublin-based pirate station was off the air, the vast majority for precautionary reasons.
The unlicensed community have been fearing the worst for the past couple of weeks, and most stations decided not to take the chance of having their equipment confiscated.
ComReg visited some mountain sites today, but it is thought that this was simply to warn landowners of the possible threat of court action for allowing unlicensed broadcasts to originate from their property. However, they have been seen taking photographs of station’s sites in the recent past – usually a precursor to obtaining court warrants in order to enter the property – and this has sent panic through the radio community.
Dance music station Club FM were the last pirate broadcaster on air today. They stopped transmissions at just after 1pm this afternoon. At this stage, every other station had already turned off.
Rhythm FM, who broadcast on 105.7MHz FM, switched off their transmitter last night, as did those behind the carrier on 88.1MHz FM. Other stations had already switched off in the past few days, and those that were left turned off their equipment this morning.
Amongst the stations off the air are: UCB relay on 87.6MHz FM; Jazz FM (90.3MHz); Sugar FM (91.0MHz); the unidentified station on 91.6MHz FM; Ministry FM (93.2MHz); Hot FM (94.1MHz); Nova 947; Gem Radio (97.8MHz); The Vibe (99.4MHz); & Sun FM (101.3MHz).
Today, the only pirate station audible around Dublin city was Passion FM, beaming in on 91.6MHz FM from Kildare. However, by this evening, the usual batch of low-powered stations were back on the air from various locations around the city. Included were: Galaxy 105.3, who have been running live programming tonight; Energy, running automated dance music on 107.6MHz FM; and XFM, the long-term alternative music station who were broadcasting on their usual 107.9MHz.
ComReg have been very active in other parts of the country recently. However, Dublin’s pirates have been relatively free from Comreg interference since the massive attacks of May 20th last year – commonly referred to as ‘Black Tuesday’. Many feel that ComReg are preparing to strike again whilst the memory of last year’s actions are still fresh in the minds.
Club FM say they are shutting off their FM service temporarily in order to carry out upgrades and maintenance at their existing transmission sites.
The Dublin dance music station usually broadcasts on 107.1MHz in Dubin but will continue to be available online.