Phantom FM’s planned maintenance work has now commenced meaning there may be disruptions to their signal. The Dublin Indie music station are hoping to be back to a normal schedule by the weekend.
Pulse FM have reluctantly abandoned its case seeking a judicial review into the awarding of the youth licence for Dublin. Pulse FM, who lost out to Spin FM, would have been required to lodge £100,000 as security for costs, which Pulse claimed in a statement is “nothing short of a gagging order”.
“It should be a matter of public concern, in particular in the current climate, that a body, all of whose members are appointed by the politicians of the day, can decide who has a right to broadcast in this country without any obligations to state reasons for its decision,” Pulse FM said.
Dublin station Power FM has been off air today making technical adjustments to their system. They hope to be back on air tonight but there may continue to be temporary loss of transmissions. Work is expected to be finished by Friday.
Dublin’s Power FM, who have been broadcasting on reduced power since Wednesday evening, are today in the process of moving a transmitter and hope to be back on full power some time over the weekend.
Dublin station Premier FM’s live output has had a dramatic increase in hours this week. They were live this afternoon for a couple of hours and this followed a week of live morning broadcasts between 9 and 10am.
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!
Dublin’s ABC 94FM have changed their RDS to “94.3 MHZ”.
Meanwhile, Phantom FM’s RDS is off at the moment. Phantom broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz.
Jazz FM is presently off air. Yesterday there was hiss and static on their signal and it has transpired that their link aerial has been knocked out of shape. Unfortunately they cannot at present gain access to their transmitter site and they hope to be back on air a.s.a.p. which will probably be some time on Monday.
Jazz FM broadcast to Dublin on 89.8MHz and recently celebrated 5 years on air. This is their first break in programming for over 3 years.
Also off for periods today were Power FM and Kiss FM due to power problems at the transmitter sites.
Phantom FM, as mentioned on today’s Anorak Hour, are suffering interference to their signal at present. As a result they have been broadcasting in mono today and will be going off air for technical adjustments at midnight for about 30 minutes. Phantom can be heard on 91.6MHz in Dublin.
Phantom FM are back broadcasting in glorious stereo with a return of their RDS from this evening.
Phantom FM were once again off air this evening for a brief period and interruptions to the service will continue until Friday when they hope to have a new link frequency. Problems are being caused by digital test transmissions from RTÉ. Phantom FM broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz
Phantom FM will be broadcasting The Frames live in concert from Whelans in Wexford St this coming Friday and the programme will include interviews with the band.
This is a follow-up to the very successful inaugural live Blink concert which the station aired recently.
Phantom can be found on 91.6MHz in Dublin and you will also be able to listen to the concert live from their website at phantomfm.com
More details on this and other events by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Baker – a name which will be familiar to listeners to just about any pirate radio station of the eighties – is planning a reunion in October for all the ’70s and ’80s pirates. He can be contacted by email with ideas and suggestions (and is particularly seeking a venue) at email@example.com.
David Baker is currently a presenter on Chelmer 107.7FM in Essex and can also be heard on Premier FM in Dublin in recorded insert form on their morning show.
Dublin Indie station Phantom FM were off air for about a half an hour today at approx 4pm as they were in the process of changing their UHF link receiver at their transmission site, replacing a temporary one put in on Thursday when they moved their frequency away from the RTÉ digital test frequency.
Passion FM closed at 7pm this evening after a year of live broadcasting to Dublin and Wicklow. A crowd of listeners, along with presenters from other stations, gathered at the station’s studio in Bray for the final hour to bid farewell.
Listen to a real audio stream of Passion’s final hour from their 103.7MHz transmitter by clicking here.
Comment: Silence is not always golden.
Phantom FM have suffered equipment problems which resulted in the station needing to keep their audio levels very low last night through this morning. It is possible that yesterday evening’s heavy downpour affected machinery on their mountain site.
Normal service resumed this afternoon following engineer work. Phantom FM broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz.
Phantom FM’s automated service was down this morning with suspected pc problems. The service has now been restored. Phantom FM broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz.
Phantom FM’s automated service was off again overnight due to computer problems. Live programming resumed at 11am this morning. Phantom FM broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz.
Swirl FM and Power FM have reached an agreement over the disputed 97.8MHz frequency.
Swirl FM, broadcasting from south Dublin, moved to 97.8FM in February this year. However, last month, the more powerful Power FM relaunched on the same frequency, following months of FM inactivity due to ODTR actions.
Swirl FM are now off the air but will be back on another frequency shortly.
Pirate FM, who have been on the air on FM in Dublin since January 1st, are presently off the air following a phone call on Sunday advising them that a raid was imminent. This led the station to strip out their studios.
Word spread to the rest of Dublin’s unlicensed stations by Monday leading them to cease FM broadcasts.
Some, like Club FM who are usually on 107.1MHz and Easy FM, who are usually on 105.2MHz have publicly stated that this is to facilitate ‘technical adjustments’.
One operator told Radiowaves News, however, that they were off FM for precautionary reasons.
Many continue to broadcast online.