Radio Caroline Dublin has ceased transmissions on 102.5MHz. The ODTR rang the station yesterday evening with a request for them to stop broadcasting because of complaints of interference to licensed newcomer Lite FM on 102.2MHz, who threatened to go through the courts to get Caroline off the air.
Chris Cary, a man who revolutionised the Irish radio scene, at last has a tribute site on the world wide web. chriscary.com is the brainchild of Sybil Fennell, the voice of Nova news!
Radio Caroline Dublin are hoping to be back on air soon aided by some technical adjustments and the purchase of new equipment which will hopefully cure the problems which led to the request for them to stop broadcasting.
Radio Caroline Dublin will be placing a blank mono carrier on 102.5MHz today and are planning on purchasing an optimod which will clean up their audio problems before full programming is resumed.
ChrisCary.com’s contents have disappeared to be replaced by the message “This site is currently under construction…July 2000”. Last week a message appeared stating that Chris was no longer at The Verne (prison where he was serving his sentence) with no clue given as to his whereabouts. Whilst serving his time he was learning website design. Interesting conclusions could be drawn from the latest change to the website!
Radio Caroline Dublin will be returning to the airwaves this Tuesday, August 1st, in the early evening.
The station has installed new equipment and is ready to resume broadcasting, this time on a frequency of 102.6MHz
Source: Anorak Hour News
Radio Caroline Dublin are back on air from this evening on 102.6MHz without live programming or station idents.
Radio Caroline Dublin are off air again but with a blank carrier on 102.6MHz.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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…
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 email@example.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.
Chris Cary has announced that RTÉ have turned down his proposal to relaunch Radio Nova on their 252 long wave frequency.
Speaking today, he says: “At last a response and it’s a resounding ‘no’! It clearly is 40 years too late.”
Explaining why he thinks he was turned down, he says: “20 Years ago I severely embarrassed RTÉ and 20 years later they will not let it happen again.”
Cary revealed that he was ready to pump £5m into the project and had already got the station’s schedule in mind.
Chris Cary has revealed that he plans to apply for one of the new Dublin licences which will be announced next year. He will be presenting the case for a format of ‘Hits, favourites, and comedy’ and says that the proposed station would also run a Radio Training Academy to develop new talent.
Cary operated the extremely successful 80s pirate Radio Nova, but failed when bidding for the national licence that was offered in 1989. He also negotiated with RTÉ for the use of the long wave 252 transmitter, but was ultimately rejected.
He says: “This time it should be a level playing field – as we now understand why we were never seriously in contention for the National Licence! The fierce competition in Dublin will be something to be reckoned with. But a challenge is always a positive thing. Maybe the Radio Nova audience has grown up and matured, but maybe we can give them back what they had in the ’80s. Only this time, legally. It’s now in the lap of the Gods.”
Former talk-show king Chris Barry is back in Ireland following a period in Spain and has teamed up with former Radio Nova colleagues Gary Hamill (Seán McCarthy) and Bob Gallico in a new Irish voiceover venture IrishVox.com.
Of his participation in this new global venture, the controversial radio presenter says: “I’m excited about IrishVox. It’s ‘back to the future’ for me, and fabulous to be working in a creative way with some of the best in the business.”
The web-based company will market themselves in a unique way – from the moon! Radiowaves News posed the question “Why a studio on the Moon?” to the site’s designers.
Their reply: “It’s got to be the kick-ass sound proofing up there!”
Legendary radio presenter Bob Gallico, who currently co-presents the First Up Breakfast Show on 106.8FM Dublin’s Country, says: “This is an engaging venture. I’ve been contributing, amidst a busy schedule, to this concept since Seán first approached me on it. There’s a certain creative spirit I enjoy, either as an actor on set, a presenter on-air, or when I’m delivering a VO in-studio. I believe we have captured that spirit on this endeavour. You could say that IrishVox.com is ‘The Final Frontier!”
Originally a one-man band website featuring the sole voiceover talents of broadcaster Seán McCarthy – who has appeared on Radio Nova, Q102, 98FM, Spin 1038 and Dublin’s Country – the new and ‘revamped’ IrishVox.com will feature an initial line-up of Seán, Chris and Bob, and will also include Cathy Cregan and Emma McIvor.
IrishVox.com will launch at Christmas and is to be followed in hot pursuit by an early Spring launch of a sister satellite site called IVOT – or Irish Voiceover Talent.com -which will apparently orbit the Moon in ‘unison’ with IrishVox.com. It will feature the confirmed additional voiceover talents of 2FM’s new signing Nikki Hayes, Spin 1038’s Steve K & James Davids, and 106.8FM Dublin’s Country presenter Lynsey Dolan.
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.