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.
Gold FM hope to be back on air very shortly. The Dublin automated station broadcasts non-stop sixties music on Sundays on 87.6MHz.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 ‘.
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
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?
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 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.
Just after 3pm today, ABC 94FM was replaced on 87.6MHz by test transmissions, with a full launch scheduled for Monday at 7pm. ABC’s plans were for a full-time Gold FM service on 87.6FM although no station name has been mentioned on the tests. ABC 94FM can now only be received on 94.3MHz in Dublin.
Automated programmes from WXTCs library are test broadcasting today in MP3 format from the station’s website or, using winamp, by typing in this address 126.96.36.199:8000. DX reports are welcomed at firstname.lastname@example.org. New shows have also recently been added to the site.