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Confusion is Mad

Dublin station Mad Radio will broadcast from 101.8MHz using 5-10 watts until the current confusion over 93.2MHz is resolved.

Caroline Return

Radio Caroline Dublin hope to return to the airwaves from the middle of next week. Forced to stop broadcasting after complaints made to the ODTR by Lite FM, Caroline returned to 102.6MHz last week only to suffer link problems which they are presently working on.

ABC Back

ABC 94FM has returned to the airwaves on their usual 94.3MHz plus the 87.6MHz frequency usually occupied by Beat/Gold. RDS is restored to ‘ABC 94FM’ and not ‘94.3 MHZ’ as it was for a few days before they went off air in early July.

ESG Off

In Dublin, ESG FM were off air most of this afternoon on 94.1MHz for technical adjustments.

For Sale

88.1 has been put up for sale including the aerial system and mountain site. Details can be found on the Radiowaves Noticeboard.

Madness

Mad Radio are back on 93.2MHz broadcasting to Dublin’s city centre. The station had moved to 101.8MHz but interference to NEAR FM, the licensed community station for Dublin’s north-east, meant transmissions had to cease. 

Chris Cary Has Had a Stroke

Chris Cary has had a severe stroke and is presently in hospital in the Isle of Wight. The incident happened over three weeks ago but the chriscary.com site was updated today for the first time since it happened. Chris’ application for parole was also heard last Wednesday but failed.
Letters of sympathy or get well cards can be sent to Chris via:- Saint Mary’s Hospital, Parkhurst Rd, Isle of Wight, England

Off and On

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.

Caroline Alive

Radio Caroline Dublin have reintroduced live programming after a long absence with BBC Five Live being relayed during downtime on a temporary basis. They can be found by tuning to 102.6MHz.

Comment: Welcome back to a sorely missed friend.

ABC Off

ABC 94FM were off air yet again today up until evening time. Broadcasts on both 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz have been missing for the last three weekdays, reappearing in the evenings, and it is unclear whether this is for routine maintenance or that there are problems at the station. A blank carrier has also been heard on 1593kHz, the frequency for the by now long overdue MW station planned by ABC, but again, whether this is related is unclear.

Testing 1593

Test-tones have been transmitted this evening on 1593kHz medium wave with the signal strongest in North Cavan close to the Co Cavan – Co Fermanagh border. Blank carriers have also been monitored on this frequency on a number of occasions in the past week.

Reporter: Sean Brady.

Comment: 2+2 = The medium wave station from ABC/Beat…then again, maybe it equals 5?

Mayo for Breakfast Served Again

BBC Radio 1’s Simon Mayo show can once again be heard crystal clear on Dublin’s FM band courtesy of Freedom 92FM. In addition to Radio 1’s breakfast show, Freedom have extended relays of the UK national pop channel until 12 midday.

Free FM

Dublin’s FM band was very bare this afternoon with a whole host of stations off the air from about 1.30pm, mainly due to power cuts at their transmitter sites caused by adverse weather conditions.

Amongst those off air were K.I.C. FM, Radio Dublin, Power FM, Radio Caroline Dublin, Kiss FM, Mater Hospital Radio and DMR FM.

Some stations were still on but not on all frequencies – ESG were off on 94.1, Hot Radio were off on 99.1, LMFM were off on 95.5 and East Coast Radio were off on 94.9. CKR were also off air on 97.6MHz.

Stations started reappearing from about 5pm.

Comment: The ODTR must have been doing a few rain-dances last night!

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

C Not Automatic

C101.3’s non-stop eighties mix was off air all day today.

Comment: Stick an eighties compilation cd into your player and you won’t miss it!

Full-time Caroline?

Radio Caroline are considering the possibility of running full-time broadcasts on 1296kHz as a result of the major success of last weekend’s one day broadcast. However, financial considerations may scupper any such plans.
Meanwhile, Caroline’s full-time net broadcasts which consist of some specially recorded programmes; repeated programming from their weekend Astra broadcasts; and continuous album music, are now up and running.

Source: Anorak Hour News

Comment: Despite the fact that we wouldn’t receive the broadcasts in Ireland, the notion of Caroline on am full-time is overwhelming

87.6 Dublin

87.6MHz in Dublin was silent for much of this afternoon while work was carried out on their UHF link. The frequency came alive again to test transmissions from approx 4pm (playing some very interesting jingle-package documentaries) and from about 4.45pm the tests cut to continuous music with no id’s. ABC 94FM is scheduled to reappear on this frequency later this evening for a limited period but there are plans for a new service sometime in the future.

Comment: Confused?

DMR to Return

DMR FM, who have been having link problems after the lovely Irish summer weather of a week ago knocked them off, hope to be back broadcasting on 93.2MHz to Dublin sometime in midweek.

Passion Close

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.

Autumn Hits

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.

Caroline Returns to 102.5

Radio Caroline Dublin moved from 102.6MHz back to 102.5MHz at 7.15pm this evening to avoid interference from Raidió na Gaeltachta’s 102.7MHz Claremont Carn transmissions.

Comment: Back home!

ABC Power Boost

Dublin pirate station ABC 94FM’s 87.6MHz transmitter received a much-needed boost in power today resulting in a noticeably improved signal in many areas.

DMR Return

DMR FM has returned to 93.2MHz in Dublin with a weak signal following recent problems which have kept them off-air for nearly two weeks. Station launch plans have been put back until Christmas.

Mad Delay

Mad Radio – presently off-air awaiting the arrival of a new compressor and PLL transmitter – will further delay their return until the present situation pans out. A representative of Mad Radio told Radiowaves that there were enough problems at the moment without a power struggle on 93.2MHz giving the ODTR an excuse to raid either station. He also promised that the station would be back on 93.2MHz as soon as possible.

Link: Mad Radio on Radiowaves.FM

Sun Rises

Sun FM is how the non-stop eighties music station on 101.3MHz in Dublin is now identifying itself. Previous name was C101.3.

Comment: Looking to tan the opposition?!

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?

Jingles on the Way

DMR FM are working on a new jingle package which they hope to air by the start of next month. DMR FM broadcast to Dublin on 93.2MHz.

Comment: None needed! Also, thanks from Radiowaves.FM for the promotion.

Mix Down

The Irish Mix have been off air for the past couple of days with equipment problems and hope to return sometime this evening. They broadcast on 90.3MHz on your Dublin dial.

Caroline Asked to Cease

Radio Caroline Dublin have again been requested to stop broadcasting by the ODTR because of interference to neighbouring frequencies. An accidental loss of power to the station’s UHF link this morning caused problems, particularly to Lite FM on 102.2MHz. In June, Caroline were forced to cease after complaints to the regulator by Lite FM.
A spokesperson for the station this evening told Radiowaves that it was “back to the drawing board” once again but they plan to be back broadcasting as soon as possible.

Cary Returned to Prison

Chris Cary has been moved from his hospital bed on the Isle of Wight to Parkhurst prison on the island. In an update to the Chris Cary website this week, Sybil Fennell says that Chris is still not very well but he can walk again with the aid of a walking stick and has no use of his left hand. Chris is best known in Ireland for setting up Radio Nova in the early eighties.

Comment: Returning the man to prison seems very harsh…

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.

ABC Future Plans

ABC 94FM, who will be five years old on Monday week, have launched a revamped website and a new-look logo. On the website there are hints that future plans for the station will be announced soon.

Comment: Some interesting developments from the ABC stable.

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.

Sun Down

Sun FM, who play non-stop eighties music on 101.3MHz in Dublin, were off air most of the weekend.

Comment: PC problems at a guess!

ABC Back on Air

ABC 94FM returned to Dublin’s airwaves this evening on both 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz but without RDS at present. This replaces Gold FM which occupied the frequencies over the weekend.

Problems with links to the mountain transmitters have dogged both stations in recent times but a new link has shown no sign of trouble and Gold FM – featuring music of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s – will take up full-time residence on 87.6FM as soon as a second arrives.

A spokesperson this evening told Radiowaves, “…despite all the technical problems we are working hard behind the scenes to improve things and are grateful to all for their patience”.

Plans for an AM service have been put on hold.

Comment: ABC’s fifth birthday programming plans are in progress.

Equipment Issues for Phantom

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.

ESG No Plans to Close

ESG FM’s station manager James Davids has this evening issued a statement stating that ESG is “NOT closing under any circumstances” and that a relaunch with big changes is on the way.
He also asks for supporters to “take no note of any of the rumours”.
The Dublin-based dance music station had been planning a move from their temporary premises of the past few weeks into a new studio which explains why they have had neither live programming nor RDS for the past few days.

No Freedom Today

Freedom 92FM in Dublin were off the air for most of today due to transmitter problems which were resolved in the evening. The station will also be off air at some point this coming weekend for the installation of new aerials. Freedom FM can be found on 92.0MHz.

Freedom FM on Radiowaves

Cary Wants a Job

Former Nova boss Chris Cary is still rehabilitating slowly following his stroke, according to chriscary.com. The second update to the website this week comes in the form of a job application which mentions that Chris will be released in March next year and wants to return to broadcasting – his major passion in life.
In the update, his partner Sybil Fennell says that: “…radio has always been his first love and I can think of no better way to help him to readjust to life than to encourage him to immerse himself in something that comes naturally to him.”
Suggestions and work offers are welcomed at sybil@chriscary.com.
The earlier update this week was a thank you to all those who had sent messages of support.

Comment: What better way for Mr Cary to rehabilitate himself. Again…get well asap.

ABC Are Having a Party

Details of ABC 94FM’s fifth birthday programme have been finalised. It will begin at 8pm on Monday and “is an excuse for an anorak session”, presenter Mike Williams told Radiowaves!

There will be recordings of the Dublin station from the past featuring various djs and there will also be airings of many old jingles and idents.

Special guests have also been lined up to take part.

ABC 94FM presently broadcast to Dublin on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz.

Comment: Here’s hoping the station’s sixth year features less of the technical problems which affected the fifth. Happy birthday!

It’s Country

A continuous music station playing mainly Country & Irish – but with other genres also receiving airplay – has appeared on 103.7MHz in Dublin and surrounding areas using the RDS ‘COUNTRY.’ (including the full-stop at the end!)

The station is strongest in the west with reasonable quality in the city-centre.

This is in addition to the blank carrier which is also being received on 103.7MHz in certain areas.

Report: Simon Maher

Comment: It can safely be assumed that this is not Spin testing!!

Kiss on a Loop

Dublin’s Kiss FM were running a continuous loop of all their jingles this morning but went live again this afternoon. The station can be found on 105.8MHz.

ABC Power Cut

Dublin’s ABC 94FM were off air for a period this morning due to a power cut at their transmitter site. The station are now back broadcasting on both their 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz frequencies.

Phantom Not So PC

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.

Madness – But Not Mad – on 101.8

A blank carrier with no station id has been heard on the controversial 101.8MHz frequency in Dublin which was once occupied by Xtreme FM and, more recently, Mad Radio.

Neither station lasted long on the frequency because of interference to the licensed North-East Dublin service NEAR FM on 101.6FM – although Xtreme FM attempted to use it a second time.

No such thoughts occupy the minds of anyone at Mad Radio who this evening confirmed that the carrier had nothing to do with them.

Comment: 101.8…”COUNTRY.” on 103.7…there may be a lack of space on the band but broadcasting on these frequencies is begging for trouble.

Jazz Tx Problems

Jazz FM in Dublin were off air overnight because of a problem with their main transmitter. They returned to the airwaves on their 89.8FM frequency at 6.30 this evening.

ESG Off Today

ESG FM’s service was down for most of today but returned in the evening. The station broadcast to Dublin on 94.1FM and 93.8FM.

Phantom Off Overnight

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.

Sun E

Sun 101FM, who broadcast ‘All 80’s, All the Time’ on 101.3MHz in Dublin, now have an email address where they can be contacted. The address is sun101fm@hotmail.com

ESG Web Change

Dublin dance pirate ESG FM have changed their website. Tonight there is just a front page stating that “The transformation is coming…” plus the station’s frequency details (93.8 & 94.1).

Radio Caroline Anniversary

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.

Dublin Station News

Sun 101FM were just a blank carrier for periods today but returned in the evening. Also blank today was DMR FM and another station blank for a short period was Freedom 92FM.

Testing 8,7,6

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.

WXTC Test

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 161.58.229.253:8000. DX reports are welcomed at radio@wxtc.net. New shows have also recently been added to the site.

Firing Blanks 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.

Jazz FM return delayed

Jazz FM’s return to the airwaves has been put back a week, station manager Ollie Dowling told Radiowaves News this evening.
The station was originally due to recommence broadcasts this Friday, but the official relaunch is now scheduled for 4pm on Friday, June 8th. Tests will start over the next few days on 89.8MHz and there is the possibility of some live programming this weekend.
On it’s return, Jazz FM’s schedule will consist of 40 hours live programming each week. This will run from 4pm to midnight on Fridays and 8am to midnight at weekends. Automated programming will make up the rest of the station’s output.

Five’s Alive Again

Both BBC Five Live and WRN have been restored to NTL’s cable network in Dublin. Five Live can be heard through NTL on 95.1MHz whilst WRN is tuneable on 102.7MHz.

Meanwhile, as a result, WXTC have confirmed that their relay of BBC Five Live will resume this evening following their own live programming and they plan to relay the British network as much as possible during the run-in to the UK general election.

K.I.C.ked Off

K.I.C. FM’s transmitter site was raided this evening by the ODTR and two members of the Gardai. As a result, the station is now off the air although the studio was not visited.

K.I.C. FM are a country and Irish music station broadcasting to Dublin on 104.0MHz.

Dublin FM News

WXTC are off the air today. WXTC have been broadcasting to the city on 91.6MHz for the past few months.

The Cross Rhythms relay, which has suffered appalling audio problems for the past few weeks, was on a blank carrier for most of today. The spluttering Cross Rhythms relay can be heard on 98.4MHz.

New Dance Station for Dublin

Tests for a new dance station planning to launch in Dublin during the summer will be heard over the next few weeks, according to a spokesperson. They will have an ERP of 500 watts and will broadcast around the city on two frequencies. A name has been chosen but will not be announced until closer to the launch.

Choice Move

Cabra’s Choice FM will be returning to their previous frequency of 96.4MHz this evening. The station have been on 94.3MHz for the past few weeks and there is a possibility that they may move to another frequency in the future.

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.

Compensation Claim

Northern Irish owned station Energy 106 are planning to claim compensation from the ODTR following the recent withdrawal of power supply from the station’s transmitter site, according to Miles J, the station’s engineer.
Speaking to Radiowaves News today, Miles claimed that the removal of electricity supply, which was ordered against the pirate station by the ODTR last month, had caused considerable damage to the station’s main transmission equipment at their transmitter site in Co Monaghan.
“Without doubt, the ODTR will take this as a major victory against the Energy 106 station,” he said. “When you are dealing with 7,000 volts, you just do not mess about. The ODTR has cost Energy at least £4-5,000 worth of direct component damage, plus the complete loss of thousands of pounds worth of advertising and sponsorship revenue. Obviously when the time comes these substantial costs will be levelled at the ODTR for compensation.”
Miles also said that the severe climate at Alien Mountain has also caused damage to equipment.

Kiss On Jazz

Kiss FM programming was going out on Jazz FM’s 89.8MHz frequency for a period this evening. Static replaced the dance music before Jazz FM reappeared. This was due to a suspected link problem.

Sun Gone Down

Sun FM, the non-stop 80’s Dublin station, is off air today because of technical problems. Station source 80s Bloke told Radiowaves News this afternoon that it may take a few days before the station returns. “It’s a pity the technical problems didn’t happen in the last 2 weeks while we were off air – that’s Murphy’s Law!!” he concluded. Sun FM usually broadcast on 101.3MHz.

Jam Jazz

Jazz FM returned to air this evening at 7.10pm on their 89.8MHz Dublin frequency. The station have been off since Monday morning at 11am as a result of jamming by person or persons unknown.
Speaking to Radiowaves News this evening, station manager Ollie Dowling said: “Somebody – and not the authorities – has been jamming our link frequency. If anybody has any information about whoever might be doing this we would appreciate it if they let us know.”
The station’s live programming has been cancelled for this weekend and will return next Friday.
Jazz FM can be contacted at jazzfm@hotmail.com or 085 7125778.

Dutch Pirate Radio News From Etherpiraten.com (34)

Dutch Pirate Radio News From Etherpiraten.com

INTRODUCTION
Hello folks, how is everybody doing? It’s Sunday again and that means it’s time for a new issue of Dutch Pirate Radio News From Etherpiraten.com. In this week’s issue you will find the usual: Stations on the air and some mixed news. No stations off the air, no reports came in. Maybe the RDR was on a little holiday? Or my emailbox was flooded? Well, we’ll see next week. Have fun with this weeks issue!

STATIONS ON THE AIR
Some people say they aren’t on the air, other people say they are. They are all talking about Radio Eurostad from Rotterdam. If the information is correct, the station should be on the air every weekday from 6pm til 11pm on 104.7 FM. Eurostad plays music from all genres and the hits of today.

Decibel Radio from Zaanstad is broadcasting every Wednesday evening on 96.4 FM.

Flamingo Radio is on air every Tuesday and Thursday on 105 FM with their programmes. From 6pm all requests are played. They broadcast their Dutch folk music with a power of 150 Watts from Den Bosch.

Also from Den Bosch is Radio Maximaal. The station is on the air every weekend on their new frequency, 89.7 FM.

MIXED NEWS
Alfred, the station manager of the well-known shortwave station Alfa Lima International, has become a father for the 3rd time. Because of the birth of his lovely daughter, it was not known if Alfa Lima Int. would be on air this weekend. But if you want to congratulate Alfred with his new kid, please send it to this email address: alinter@rendo.dekooi.nl or visit his website at www.alfalima.net

Laser FM 95.8 from Amsterdam is not on air this weekend because of some unknown technical problems. They wanted to start a new show, which would feature airchecks from big dance pirate radio stations from the past. They wanted to start with Radio Decibel. It is now unknown when this new show will start. More information: www.laserfm.nl

Power Radio Maarsen is one of the Dutch pirate radio stations who made it legal. The station, after several raids and a long fight, became a
legal local radio station.
Power RM is now on air every weekend from Friday 6pm til Sunday
midnight on 105.3 FM and 102 FM on cable. More information can be
found on www.powerrm.nl

Arosa is a pirate radio station which was expected to be back after the summer holidays. However, because of some personal problems and some high fines, the station will remain off the air for the time being. Arosa will be back someday but it’s unknown when this will be. More information at www.radioarosa.nl.nu/

FINALLY
And that was this week’s issue of Dutch Pirate Radio News From Etherpiraten.com. I will be back next week, with the latest from the Dutch Pirate Radio scene. Until then, you can reach me with your comments and questions via dijken@etherpiraten.com. Have a great week and don’t do things I would do. All the best, Lex van Dijken.

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.

Swirl Get the Power

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.

Static Off Air Altogether

In Dublin, Static FM’s 96.0FM transmitter is on a blank carrier today. Their 98.4FM transmitter, which was due back on Monday, is still off the air.

Fusion to Move

Fusion FM will vacate 92.2MHz this evening. The station appeared on this frequency in Dublin a few days ago, and have caused interference to established station Freedom FM on 92.0MHz.

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.

Maintaining X

XFM, who started life as Alice’s Restaurant in the early 90s, will be off air over the weekend due to scheduled maintenance. The alternative station were also off last night on their 107.9FM Dublin frequency.

Nearly a Blood Red Sky

A Brazilian dj has been held at gunpoint on air and forced to play tracks from a particular album. Marcos Vinicius dos Santos, who is a member of the band Beyond the Grey Sky, managed to get into Atlantida radio station in Porto Alegre. He forced the dj to tell the listening audience that there was a gun trained on him and over the next hour made him play tracks from the band’s album and ordered him to tell listeners where they could buy it. The singer eventually gave himself up.

Out of their Zone

Dublin station Pulse FM are back on air again, and are once again broadcasting on a frequency already used by another station. Now operating on 102.5MHz, this frequency has been occupied by weekend rock service ‘The Zone’ since March of last year.

Speaking to Radiowaves News this evening, The Zone’s station manager expressed his disappointment at these latest developments: “Without any regard to the station already broadcasting on this frequency, the operators of Pulse FM believe they can just occupy the frequency and cause severe interference with the Zone’s weekend service. While we are acutely conscious that no illegal operator owns any frequency, one would like to hope that even in a competitive environment, no one station would run rough-shot over another.”

Pulse FM first started in February of this year and have already been involved in a few frequency disputes, the most recent being a very public falling out with Breeze FM over the use of 105.7MHz.

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.

Anna Livia Get Jazzed Up

Jazz FM listeners would be forgiven for thinking that the station is back on the air if they tuned to Dublin City’s Anna Livia FM on Saturdays. Although Jazz FM have been off the air following the recent ‘Black Tuesday’ purges against Dublin’s unlicensed community, three former presenters with the specialist station are now part of the Saturday line-up on Anna Livia – the licensed special interest station which broadcasts to Dublin on 103.2MHz.

From 3pm Chris Maher presents Soul Kitchen – his show on Jazz FM was called Sunny Side Up. And later in the day, two other former Jazz FM djs go back-to-back between 8 and 10pm. First there’s Black Echoes with John Public, which used to go out on Sunday afternoons on 89.8FM – Jazz FM’s frequency.

Then Seán Brophy, formerly of Sunrise on Sunday mornings on Jazz FM, is on air with his show Jazzorama.

Each of the three presenters are particularly interested in hearing from former listeners to their Jazz FM shows.

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.

Out of The Zone

The Zone’s weekend rock service has temporarily ceased broadcasting on 102.5MHz in Dublin. This follows the station’s submission of an expression of interest in a new Dublin licence to the BCI. The automated service is still streaming on the net at rtsp://www.thezone1025.com/the zone.sdp using Quicktime.

Phantom FM Get a Licence

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.

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.

Medium wave lives again

An automated station which has been broadcasting on medium wave from Dublin’s southside for a number of months has gone live and identified for the first time last weekend as Energy Power 1593AM.

This weekend they are only broadcasting on 1593kHz AM, although they have also been available on 1278kHz AM since RTÉ 2FM’s departure from that channel.

Playing a mixture of music old and new, the station’s powerful signal should breathe life into the ailing MW band.

Doing the Twist

A new music station is on air in Dublin. With an RDS displaying ‘TWIST FM’, the new signal is broadcasting on 93.8MHz FM and declaring itself as ‘the future sound of radio’. Passion FM’s relay ino Dublin on this frequency has ceased.

An Automated Station With a Twist

Twist FM is an automated station with a difference. Whereas with the majority of computerised stations you’ll hear the same songs over and over, Twist FM guarantee that you won’t hear the same song twice in a week.
It’s a proud boast and it comes from the station’s operator who is fed up with the same old bland radio pumping out across the capital: “I wanted something different,” he told Radiowaves News today.
“On Twist FM there are no competitions, no giveaways. You don’t have to stay tuned for hours on end to hear the next clue in a giveaway. With Twist FM you can tune in and out whenever you fancy hearing something different.”

In many other ways the station is very different. Twist FM first appeared on 93.8MHz FM in Dublin last weekend…and, where most stations start with a whimper, Twist FM appeared with a bang – a strong signal, RDS, jingles, all were already in place.
The playlist is as irregular as they come. Apart from the non-stop dance music at weekends, any genre from any era can be expected at any time, although there are plans to offer a more regimented playlist at particular times in future.
“I’m tired of hearing the same links at the same time every single day on regular radio stations,” the station manager continued. “Twist FM is a jukebox – no djs wrecking your head.”

The station will develop over the coming weeks. There are plans that have still to be put in place, ideas which haven’t yet been tried on radio in Dublin.

Twist FM, the radio station with a difference and not stifled by regulation, may develop a new exciting radio vibe.

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.

Baker’s Back

David Baker is returning to Dublin’s airwaves. He will be on air locally next weekend when Premier FM returns with a temporary licence on 94.9MHz FM. David will broadcast on the station’s launch day – 18th September – between midday and 2pm.
David’s permanent home is with the UK’s Classic Gold Network, but being back on air in Ireland always gets him excited. He explains: “Dublin is my home. It’s where I learnt everything, and I’m looking forward to doing a show, albeit a one-off next weekend.”
David is a big fan of Premier FM’s output: “This station will show Dubliners what they’re missing and hopefully in the long term a station like this can get a full-time licence and be successful. There is currently no full-time oldies station in the capital, that may all change soon.”
Premier FM have been awarded a 30-day temporary licence and will utilise it across 14 weekends from next Saturday until December 19th.

Charleville Radio Gets Go-ahead

A public meeting was held in Charleville, Co Cork on Wednesday night in order to gain a mandate from the people to go ahead with a plan to establish a community radio station in the town. The idea was met with approval and the group are to begin planning their proposal for submission to the BCI for an initial temporary licence.

Report: Liamo

Dublin FM Warming Up Again

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.

Tests on 828kHz

Energy Power AM, who also broadcast on 1593kHz, have launched a test channel at 828kHz medium wave. At present the output consists solely of automated music.

Medium Jack

Dublin oldies station Jack FM can now be heard on 1395kHz on the medium wave band in addition to their 88.1MHz FM outlet.