Hot Radio are the latest station to lay claim to the 88.1FM frequency in Dublin according to a radio forum, saying they hope to be broadcasting on this channel by next week.
Hot Radio, according to messages placed on radio message boards, will be broadcasting on 88.1MHz in Dublin (in addition to 99.4MHz) from 2pm tomorrow.
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.
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?
Hot Radio will be launching their live schedule on Monday at 7pm. The danc music station are currently broadcasting to Dublin on 88.1MHz and 99.4MHz.
Hits 106 will be starting live day-time programming over the next few weeks. At present broadcasts are automated until 6pm. Hits 106 can be located on 106.1MHz in Dublin.
In Dublin, Hot Radio’s live launch was hit by a power-cut on their mountain site this evening. All set to launch at 7pm, power went just after 6.30 also putting Freedom FM off-air. Power returned at about 7.45 but ABC 94FM were on Freedom’s 92FM frequency (as well as their usual 94.3MHz), however Freedom returned at 7.55pm. Meanwhile Hot Radio were carrying RDS and a test-tone on both of their frequencies.
Live programming on Hot Radio finally got under way with a countdown at 8pm. Power is slightly reduced and it will be a while before normality returns. Hot Radio are now broadcasting live programming to Dublin on 99.4MHz and 88.1MHz.
In Dublin Hot Radio’s 88.1 transmitter has been off air since yesterday with problems and they hope to have normal service restored by this evening.
88.2MHz in Dublin was tonight home to an unidentified looping dance music station except for the airing of some old Mojo Radio promos. At 10.30pm the operators actually relayed Hot FM live a couple of times before returning to their own “programming”. Transmissions ceased at 11pm. There were similar but weaker broadcasts yesterday on 88.1MHz.
Meantime the following message appeared on the message board of the Radioanoraks site at about 10pm from someone calling themselves ‘88.1 Representative’:
“Hot’s relay is returning to 88.1 tomorrow evening. The original CTE transmitter melted, but a new transmitter has been purchased. So please remove all your toy transmitters off 88.1 and go back to your kindergarden. Anyone who refuses to switch off will be forced to.”
Hot 99FM have stated that the threatening message posted to an anorak board last night was not from them. The immature posting had received many immature replies overnight, all of which have now been removed.
Meanwhile Hot Radio’s website is also showing signs of life…it’s at www.hotradio.org.
Hot Radio is to vacate their second frequency of 88.1 MHz it was announced today. The frequency was used by the station on a temporary basis and has now been taken by a former partner in Hot. A transmitter is in place and a new station will broadcast from 88.1 to Dublin soon.
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 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.
Hot Radio were off air most of today on both their frequencies, as was ABC 94FM on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz. Both stations reappeared later in the day.
Hits 106 start a new Autumn schedule from today. Highlights include Dave Harrington returning to a Saturday night slot and also Dar B who is back with Clubzone which will air four nights a week. The full schedule can be found on the station website. Hits 106 broadcast on 106.1MHz in Dublin and 107.1MHz in Wicklow.
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.
Dublin’s FM band is warming up again with the addition of two aptly-named stations. Now broadcasting on 94.3MHz FM, dance music station Hot FM have also been on extremely low power on 102.9MHz in recent weeks. Despite using the same jingle package, this is not the same Hot FM as operated by Frank Kennedy. Meanwhile, the station broadcasting dance music on 105.7MHz FM have finally identified as The Heat.
Other pirate stations on air in the capital this weekend include: the rock and pop oldies station on test broadcast on 88.1MHz; Nova 946; Sun FM on 101.3MHz; The Zone on 102.5MHz; & Passion FM on 105.3MHz.