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No Galaxy

Galaxy Dance may not now be coming on air in Dublin due to financial difficulties.

Country music station K.I.C. FM are investigating the possibility of broadcasting on the freed-up 102.9MHz frequency.

Golden Sundays

Gold FM, a non-stop 60’s station, will commence broadcasting to Dublin this coming Bank Holiday Monday, Radiowaves can reveal.

In a move mirroring the recent ABC/Beat FM split frequencies, Gold FM will broadcast on 87.6MHz on Sundays with Beat FM – who are currently on reduced power – on air Monday to Saturday.

Hot 99

Hot Radio has now appeared on 99.1MHz in Dublin, one of the frequencies originally planned for Essential Galaxy’s spin-off Galaxy Dance. Live programming is also due to start anon.

Gold to Return

Gold FM hope to be back on air very shortly. The Dublin automated station broadcasts non-stop sixties music on Sundays on 87.6MHz.

Golden Improvements

In Dublin Beat FM, and weekend station Gold FM, say that work has been carried out to improve their signal on 87.6MHz with further improvements promised over the next month. Gold FM will be on the air every Sunday from this weekend with additional broadcasts on future bank holiday Mondays.

Power Cuts ABC…Gold FM

In Dublin, ABC 94FM and Gold FM were off air for long periods this morning due to a power failure but both returned after 10am.

New aerials have been installed on the Beat/Gold 87.6MHz transmitter which should see a noticeable improvement in signal in the city centre and towards the northside.

There is a new high-powered rig which will be ready to go on air after a few problems have been ironed out. Timescale mentioned is early July.

Meanwhile, ABC 94FM are planning new programming on weeknights and at weekends from mid-July if all goes to plan. Programmes will take the form of special interest shows e.g. country, classical music, rock etc.

87.6 Improved

In Dublin, 87.6FM’s vastly improved signal is today home to Gold FM to allow some technical upgrading. Beat FM will return tomorrow and from next week Gold FM will broadcast on Sunday as normal.

ABC Suspended

ABC 94FM have suspended normal programming until next Tuesday or Wednesday to allow some work at their studio location to take place, including the re-installation of equipment to allow for more live programmes in the future. Link problems will also be cleared up this week.

Other plans for ABC 94FM (plus sister stations Beat FM and Gold FM) will be announced in the coming weeks.

Beat RDS

Beat FM now have RDS on their signal. It reads BEAT FM and doesn’t change when Gold FM is broadcasting!

The station broadcasts an around the clock automated mix to Dublin on 87.6MHz and temporarily on 94.3MHz.

Golden Reading

Dublin automated station Gold FM, which broadcasts on frequencies 87.6MHz and 94.3MHz on weekends, now have their own dedicated RDS which reads ‘G O L D ‘.

The Sound of Eighty-Seven Six

ABC 94FM are no longer on 87.6MHz in Dublin which is now home to a looping announcement stating “24 hours a day – this is Eighty-Seven Six” and also “Eighty-Seven Six FM – the sound of Eighty-Seven Six”.

Comment: Change in the air at ABC/Beat/Gold

ABC Mix

Gold FM test jingles were aired on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz in the early hours of this morning. The jingles were new and mentioned a 24 hour a day service rather than the “Gold FM at the weekend” promos of the past. There were also test jingles aired for a service by the name of Hope FM for Dublin.

ABC are staying tight-lipped about future plans for their frequencies although a spokesperson told Radiowaves that Beat FM will not be returning.

When the jingle package played out the frequencies shifted to a Sky Digital relay of Heart 106.2 from London. This finished at lunchtime and Beat FM jingles and programming reappeared on both frequencies for a while before a return to unidentified music.

Comment: Tests or just total confusion?

Full Time Gold

Gold FM is set to broadcast full-time on 87.6MHz. The station has a new logo and it’s own web-page in development where there is an announcement that it will be starting soon.

Comment: Now that 87.6MHz is receivable over much of the city, Gold FM’s oldies mix should prove popular.

Gold at the Weekend

Gold FM has reappeared in Dublin today on both 87.6MHz and 94.3MHz. Jingles for “Gold FM at the weekend” are airing and not the 24 hours a day versions that were recently heard testing.

Gem R.I.P.

Gem 88FM have bowed to ODTR pressure and decided to pull the plug on their operation today. The decision was made by the station themselves and was not influenced by their site landlord. The Dublin-based automated oldies station had occupied 88.1MHz since just before Christmas last year.

Gem Radio Set to Sparkle Again

Gem Radio are planning to return to Dublin’s airwaves. Attention from the ODTR led them to a decision to close recently. The alternative non-stop oldies station had been available to Dubliners on 88.1MHz since last Christmas.

However, the station’s planned return may cause problems as a result of Mix FM’s planned frequency shift from 87.6MHz to 88.0MHz. A spokesperson for Gem Radio has told Radiowaves News that they have contacted Mix FM but the latter have stated that their intention is still to broadcast on 88.0FM from next Monday.

Gem Radio Back On Air

Gem FM are back on air on 96.0MHz in Dublin. The non-stop oldies station with the alternative slant stopped broadcasting a few months back following problems.

Gem to stop on 96

Gem FM will be off the air on 96.0MHz from April 28th until June 1st to accommodate the temporarily licenced station from Ballyfermot which will run for the month of May. At present they have no plans to use another channel for the period, and according to sources close to the station, they will use the break to work on improvements to their audio, adding new music etc.

Return of a Gem

Gem Radio has returned to air on 96.0MHz in Dublin. The automated oldies station happened to be off the air at the time of the ‘Black Tuesday’ raids in order to accommodate a station who were temporarily-licensed for the 96FM frequency.

More Gem

Automated oldies station Gem FM is now operating all day, every day on 96.0MHz in Dublin. After the Black Tuesday raids in May, the station originally returned on weekends only before introducing a weekday nighttime service.

Dublin Radio News Snippets for February 7th

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 ‘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.