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 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
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.
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.
Radio Caroline’s last pirate broadcast was ten years ago this Sunday. To mark the occasion, this week’s ‘Anorak Hour’ from Phantom FM will have a special guest in the studio, Steve Conway, who worked on the Ross through the mid 80’s, until he was one of 6 people rescued by helicopter when she ran aground on the notorious Goodwin Sands in November 1991. Steve will be talking about the Dutch Raid and the grounding as well as general stories about life on the Ross. Also scheduled for broadcast on the programme is an exclusive short documentary about last year’s Caroline RSL from Southport pier. The item features airchecks of the broadcast as well as interviews with the main presenters and has not been played on air before…not even on Caroline. The Anorak Hour can be heard at 1pm on Sunday not only on 91.6FM and 102.9FM across Dublin, but across the world on the newly launched live webcast from Phantom and on demand here on Radiowaves.FM.
A live breakfast service from Phantom FM debuted today at 7am. Presented by ex-Caroline jock Steve Conway, the station are testing listener response to the new programme for a week. The breakfast show can be heard between 7am and 9am on 91.6FM and 102.9FM in Dublin.
DMR FM continue to broadcast a blank carrier on their frequency of 93.2FM. Phantom FM’s 102.9FM was also blank for a period this morning and again in the afternoon. Their 91.6FM transmissions continued as normal.
The chief executives of two of the country’s top radio stations have spoken out against EMI/Virgin Records for their part in releasing an album in association with Dublin pirate station Phantom FM.
The Dublin rock station recently released ‘Phantom Vol 1’ but in the current issue of Hot Press, Willie O’Reilly of Today FM expresses his disappointment that the record company would become associated with an illegal broadcaster. He says: “I wonder how the artists feel about copyright infringement. We pay about 15% of our gross income to record companies for the use of their stuff. Phantom pay nothing.” Although O’Reilly admits that [Phantom] should be licensed, he states that that isn’t the issue here. “The issue is that they aren’t licensed. They have pretty dirty hands because they came off the air to apply for a licence and when they didn’t get it, they went back on.”
FM104’s Dermot Hanrahan is even more scathing in his criticism. Directly addressing the record company, he says: “You’ve no moral authority to be dealing with piracy of music if you support criminal broadcasters.”
He suggests that artists involved with the album would not receive future airplay on FM104. “I don’t see that bands can still expect me to play their music if they associate themselves with criminal broadcasters.”
There are suggestions that the ODTR could come down heavy on EMI for their involvement, but in their defence, a spokesperson for the record company says that Phantom FM is not mentioned anywhere on the sleeve. Although the sleeve does refer to the station’s website phantomfm.com, “that is an internet station which is not illegal”, the spokesperson says.
Dublin indie rock station Phantom FM have been granted a 30 day temporary licence to broadcast on the FM band by the BCI. The station, who have in the past applied twice for a permanent licence but been turned down, plan to spread the 30 days over 14 weekends running from 18th October until early next year – and will also include broadcasts on Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day. They will continue to use the name Phantom FM.
The return of the influential station will be welcomed by thousands of musically disenfranchised young Dubliners in a city where a licensed specialist modern rock service has so far been lacking.
Phantom FM will continue to offer a “modern rock” programme schedule consisting of Irish and international indie/alternative rock artists with a heavy emphasis on emerging talent from the Dublin scene that are under represented on the playlists of existing commercial stations. Live interviews and in studio sessions will be a regular feature of programming that will be presented by enthusiastic and informed presenters. A measure of the calibre of the new broadcasting talent nurtured by Phantom FM is the fact that key music programmes on Today FM, 2FM and FM104 are all presented by ex-Phantom DJs. The station also plans to host number of live concerts in Dublin venues that will be broadcast live along with a series of music workshops for new bands and artists.
“We will be championing the local music scene and are proud to do so,” says Simon Maher, Phantom’s station manager. “There is a wealth of local bands and artists who are recording music, filling venues and have healthy CD sales yet are rarely heard on local or national radio. Radio airplay is crucial to nurturing this talent who are a valuable micro-economy in themselves. We’re grateful to the BCI for giving us this opportunity.”
Maher cites the thousands of survey forms received from online listeners who want to hear new Irish music on the air and broad support from the music industry.
Phantom FM will broadcast on 97.3 MHz FM across Dublin city every weekend commencing on October 18th right through until the final broadcast in the series on January 18th, 2004. Programming will run each weekend from midnight Friday until midnight Sunday. Outside of these hours the station will continue to transmit via the web at www.phantomfm.com. The station will be funded by revenues generated by programme sponsorship.
Wireless Media Ltd., the promoters of Phantom FM have recently made a submission of interest to the BCI to operate a similar radio service on a permanent basis in Dublin. The station twice applied in the past for a Special Interest Radio licence, narrowly losing out to Country 106.8FM in 2001. In its current submission to the BCI, Phantom FM has emphasised the need for a medium sized station that would provide a specialist modern rock music with a low cost base and that would be independently owned. The promoters are undeterred by the many larger radio interests who have become suddenly interested in operating a Phantom FM style service.
Phantom 97.3FM are on course for their midnight launch as a licensed station tomorrow evening. This will be the first in a series of weekend broadcasts from the station that recently secured a Temporary Radio Licence from the BCI allowing it to broadcast for 14 consecutive weekends, as well as Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day. The rock music station with an alternative edge will be welcomed back on air by thousands of Dublin listeners who have felt disenfranchised since their disappearance from FM back in May of this year.
“The station will afford Dubliners a new listening choice at the weekends, and has an active policy of devoting airtime to young up and coming bands”, said Programme Director, Peter Vamos. He continues: “There is a very healthy music scene in Dublin, people are going to gigs and buying CDs by local artists yet they are getting no airplay on commercial radio. We know there is a huge demand to hear local music on the radio. Listeners can also expect to hear interviews and in studio sessions with local and international artists visiting the city.” Station Manager Simon Maher adds that there has been a substantial amount of interest from advertising agencies and media buyers in the new service. He says: “The speed at which this project has evolved has surprised many in the advertising community but the level of interest that we have had in our radio sponsorship has been very satisfactory.” The station expects to have a mix of local businesses primarily from the live entertainment sector – along with national brands – by the time the temporarily licensed project ends in mid-January. Then Wireless Media Ltd (the company behind Phantom FM) intends to apply for a full-time broadcasting licence when they are advertised in Spring 2004.
Phantom 105.2, Dublin’s new licensed alternative rock music station, have announced its launch schedule. The station will begin broadcasting at noon on Hallowe’en with a mix of new voices and old favourites. New to the station is Edel Coffey, a former journalist, who will be on air daily at 10am. Other presenters include, Peter Vamos, Neill Austin Simon Maher, John Caddell and Jack Hyland.
Ger Roe, the station’s Managing Director, said today: “We are delighted to reveal a very strong line-up with a great mix of old favourites and new voices in our presenters. Our new schedule also reflects a refreshing new mix of old and new. We aim to give alternative rock fans something that is not currently available on the Irish airwaves and we’re confident that’s what we’ve revealed today. We will continue to promote the Irish music scene and we place a particular emphasis on promoting unsigned Irish bands and we’re looking forward to providing Dublin with a new and very different sound.” Key features of the new schedule include themed evenings with each night dedicated to a different genre of music. These include heavy metal, new Irish and international music, goth, industrial and dark wave. The weekends will host a general arts and entertainment show and a broadcast media show. Phantom 105.2 will be an aimed at 18-34 year olds and anyone else with an interest in Alternative Rock and new Irish music in the Dublin City and County area. The station will, as part of its remit, promote new and unsigned Irish and International artists as well as providing opportunities for new broadcasting talent. Phantom 105.2 will build on the solid foundation and reputation that it has developed to date and will provide diversity through the provision of quality Alternative Rock music and speech-based programming. The full weekday schedule (with weekends still be announced) is as follows: 7am Pure Morning with Sinister Pete 10am Access All Areas with Edel Coffey Midday Out to Lunch with Neill Austin 2pm Phantom Daily with Simon Maher 5pm Heavy Traffic with Jack Hyland 8pm Specialist programming 10pm Bedrock with John Caddell. News will run on the half-hour and the station will provide an overnight automated music service.