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System FM to be Eclipsed

System FM will be leaving the airwaves this Saturday due to difficulties within the station, according to station manager Ben Murray.

Taking its place will be Eclipse FM, broadcasting from Clontarf using a 150w transmitter.

They claim to have “Dublin’s hottest dance mix” and can be contacted for more information at request@eclipsefm.gq.nu.

They also have a website.

Xtreme nonsense

Xtreme FM have said that they are not in any way involved with Energy Radio which, according to Ben Murray of System FM, was due to launch last Sunday.

He has claimed that this station would offer nationwide coverage on Medium Wave and that it was to be a co-station project between Xtreme FM and Eclipse FM! With claims like these maybe Ben should think of politics as a career move?

Radiowaves has received no response from emails to Energy Radio or Ben Murray requesting further information.

Hot Transmitter Recovered

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 cbx2000@hotmail.com

ESG Back on 99.1

Dublin station ESG FM are presently back broadcasting on the 99.1MHz frequency they vacated two weeks ago which has had Hot Radio and “Cool FM” using for broadcasts in that time.

Essential Pulse

Pulse 103FM, referred to by many as “The Pirate of the Nineties”, closed down one year ago today hoping for a successful licence application which they didn’t achieve. Essential Galaxy 94FM will be rerunning the final hour of Pulse FM at 6pm this evening!

John Moves to the Galaxy

John Dempsey is leaving Hot Radio to join ESG FM. John – the man behind Dream FM and the highly recommended new ESG website – will occupy the Saturday evening slot from 6-8pm.
ESG FM broadcast to Dublin on 93.8, 94.1 & 99.1MHz.

Hot back on 99.1

Hot Radio is back broadcasting on the ill-fated 99.1 transmitter belonging to Glenn Kelly. This follows on-air announcements from ESG FM last night that they would no longer be using the frequency.

ESG Off

In Dublin, ESG FM were off air most of this afternoon on 94.1MHz for technical adjustments.

ESG No Plans to Close

ESG FM’s station manager James Davids has this evening issued a statement stating that ESG is “NOT closing under any circumstances” and that a relaunch with big changes is on the way.
He also asks for supporters to “take no note of any of the rumours”.
The Dublin-based dance music station had been planning a move from their temporary premises of the past few weeks into a new studio which explains why they have had neither live programming nor RDS for the past few days.

ESG Off Today

ESG FM’s service was down for most of today but returned in the evening. The station broadcast to Dublin on 94.1FM and 93.8FM.

ESG Web Change

Dublin dance pirate ESG FM have changed their website. Tonight there is just a front page stating that “The transformation is coming…” plus the station’s frequency details (93.8 & 94.1).

ESG is Dead, Long Live Energy

Energy FM is the name of ‘The New 94’. The station – previously ESG FM – relaunched this morning with RDS reading ENERGY. The website is up and running but there is no telephone number yet and the live stream is coming soon.

Comment: It seemed like an age arriving and the new name surprised nobody but it should all be worthwhile. The best of luck to all at ‘The New 94’.

Medium wave lives again

An automated station which has been broadcasting on medium wave from Dublin’s southside for a number of months has gone live and identified for the first time last weekend as Energy Power 1593AM.

This weekend they are only broadcasting on 1593kHz AM, although they have also been available on 1278kHz AM since RTÉ 2FM’s departure from that channel.

Playing a mixture of music old and new, the station’s powerful signal should breathe life into the ailing MW band.

A ‘Grey Wednesday’ for Dublin’s Pirates

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.

Tests on 828kHz

Energy Power AM, who also broadcast on 1593kHz, have launched a test channel at 828kHz medium wave. At present the output consists solely of automated music.

It’s Not Easy to Stay Awake

At midnight last night / this morning Easy Radio presenter Paul Wilson joined the rest of the nation and put his head down for some shuteye. What made Paul’s situation different was that he hadn’t slept in at least 48 hours.

At midnight on Friday night, Paul pledged to continue broadcasting live across Dublin on 105.2MHz, and to the world on easyradio.ie, for 48 hours in order to raise funds for Temple Street Childrens’ Hospital in Dublin’s city centre.

Paul at the start of the broadcast

The target wasn’t an ‘Easy’ one, he hoped to raise at least €1,000. Donations were understandably a little slow during the first night but as the day began and the rest of the nation rose from sleep, the station’s listeners started rallying to the cause.

According to a spokesperson for the long-running Dublin pirate station: “It was just as Paul’s voice started to get sore and he had finished his 50th cup of coffee, that the target was reached – at 4.30pm on Sunday afternoon.”

Paul stayed on air for the remainder of the evening and by the deadline on Sunday the donation amount had reached €1,120 euro.

“Overwhelming,” was the word Paul used. It was probably all he could manage to say at the time!

This morning the station were inundated with messages of support and people still looking to donate – the link button will remain active at the link below until Friday to facilitate this.

Easy Radio have been broadcasting easy listening music and love songs to Dublin since 2001.

Easy Radio Facebook page

Easy Return

Easy Radio have returned to FM in Dublin. Back on air on 94.3MHz, the station have said that it will just be weekends only for the present.