Currently testing a low power signal covering South West Dublin are Space FM 107.
System FM will be leaving the airwaves this Saturday due to difficulties within the station, according to station manager Ben Murray.
Taking its place will be Eclipse FM, broadcasting from Clontarf using a 150w transmitter.
They claim to have “Dublin’s hottest dance mix” and can be contacted for more information at email@example.com.
They also have a website.
Xtreme FM have said that they are not in any way involved with Energy Radio which, according to Ben Murray of System FM, was due to launch last Sunday.
He has claimed that this station would offer nationwide coverage on Medium Wave and that it was to be a co-station project between Xtreme FM and Eclipse FM! With claims like these maybe Ben should think of politics as a career move?
Radiowaves has received no response from emails to Energy Radio or Ben Murray requesting further information.
Space FM have announced that they plan to begin broadcasting dance music around the clock to Dublin on May 1st on a frequency to be announced.
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?!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sun FM is back on over Dublin. The non-stop eighties station reappeared today on their 101.3MHz frequency.
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.
Dublin station Sun FM is off the air today as a result of transmitter problems.
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.
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.
Sun 80s, the Dublin station available on 101.3MHz, is now being relayed by various other online radio outlets, which increases the potential audience well beyond the 50,000+ monthly visitors presently accessing the station’s own website.
As well as sun80s.com, the all-music station is now also available via Online Media’s Australia service at australiaonlineradio.com, as well as to the Scottish Isles at scottishislesradio.com and their new worldwide service at britainradiouk.co.uk for New Zealand/Falklands/Europe/USA ex-pats.
“Any world outlets that increase the size of the listenership and reach into niche markets can only be a good thing,” a spokesman for sun80s told Radiowaves News.
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.
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.
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.
Space FM returned to the air tonight with live programming. The Dublin dance station, who were warned to cease broadcasting by ComReg last month, have been back on air on a sporadic basis over the past few days, usually in the very early hours of the morning. However, they were on air this evening on 99.4MHz FM, although it is unclear whether broadcasts will be more regular.
Pirate radio station Splash FM has been shut down by the Gardaí. The station, based in Finglas in north Dublin, was broadcasting on 93.8MHz FM and had earned a reputation for broadcasting material which caused offence to anybody who may have stumbled upon their transmissions. Members of Dublin’s unlicensed community had expressed concern that the material being broadcast by Splash FM would be just the ammunition needed for the government regulatory body ComReg to launch another offensive against unlicensed stations which have established a pattern of coming on air at night and weekends only in hopes of thwarting any action against them.
According to the Gardaí, Splash FM was operated by members of the criminal fraternity, in particular an armed robber and drug dealer who is known as Mr Fatpuss. The station offered on-air tips on how to steal cars and also featured live broadcasts of joyriding gangs in action. Splash FM have also been accused of broadcasting racially offensive material.
Northern Ireland’s newest radio station, Seven FM, will launch in Ballymena, Co Antrim at 6.30am on Tuesday, November 1st, and is set to deliver a seven-day local and province news service. The station have announced a dynamic newsteam in Colm McAlinden (formerly of Q network), Rita McNutly (ex-BBC Radio Ulster) and Sharon Jennings (ex-Downtown Radio).
Seven FM’s Managing Director Robert Walshe says: “Our emphasis is to provide a comprehensive news, sport and obituary service seven days a week”.
There will also be a major sports focus across the entire schedule with key programmes running at weekends, including ‘The Final Whistle’ on Friday nights at 7pm – Northern Irish sports heroes David Humphries and Pat Jennings will be regular guests. Seven FM will also support and broadcast full match commentaries from the world of rugby, soccer, hockey and GAA in Co. Antrim.
A number of key radio personalities from across the province are set to be part of the launch team. Neil McClelland (left), formerly of Glengormley and now living in Ballyclare, will be the station’s Head of Production and key anchor Drivetime presenter. His radio resume boasts key shows with Cool FM, Citybeat and Mid FM.
Former Q102 Drivetime presenter Maurice Taggart will be the man charged with waking the region up on weekday mornings from 6.30am with ‘Seven Sunrise’. The show, according to the Carrickfergus man, “will pick you up and make you feel good”. The music mix will be “motivational” and Seven FM News will transmit on the hour and half hour with Belfast Commuter Traffic every 20 minutes.
Seven FM will dim the lights at 11pm weeknights for ‘Seven Love’, Johnny Glover – the former Citybeat presenter from Lisburn – will become “Dr Love” and prescribe three hours of Co Antrim’s favourite love songs. Johnny will also co-ordinate Seven FM’s promotional team. He will be out-and-about with the Seven FM “Boogey Bus” attending openings, visiting schools and bringing Seven FM to the people in the streets everyday.
Seven 4 Youths
Seven FM will also have a selection of youth-focused programmes. Former Q97 presenter Natasha Miller will anchor ‘Seven NRG’ Monday to Friday from 9-11pm. The show will be text and email driven and will showcase the hottest hits of today, with regular features like the ‘Club Classic’ and ‘Teen Scene Showbiz News’. Cullybackey native Tony Rogers “Sheep T” will mix ‘Seven Sessions’ every Saturday night for two hours from 2am. The output will be hard-dance, funky house, hip-hop with two 60 minute sessions. Guest DJs from across Northern Ireland and beyond will also be regular guests in studio.
Emma Fitzpatrick presents ‘Seven Sounds’ on Saturday evenings between 6 and 7pm. The main emphasis will be on showcasing the best of talent from across the Province, the island of Ireland and beyond. The playlist will boast live interviews from the likes of Westlife to Divine Comedy and from Van Morrison to Simply Red. Emma Fitzpatrick will also freelance for UTV and the Seven FM promotions department.
Religion on Seven
Ballymena native Rev Alan Mitchell, now based in Sligo and co-ordinator of local radio station Ocean FM’s religious programming, has also been heading up Seven FM’s religious commitments. A weekly service which covers all the religious denominations will broadcast weekly at 10.30am from across the region. Ballymena man Ronnie Geary will anchor ‘Sunday Miscellany’ from 7am – 10am. The music output will be largely country, gospel and appropriate music. On Sunday nights at 7pm Evan Connolly will present ‘Sunday Reflections’ an in-profile ‘Desert Island Ddiscs’ style show featuring people of note and achievement in all walks of life in the region.
The station will also carry a number of special interest programmes ranging from ‘Check-Up’ (a health programme) on Monday nights to ‘Arts House’ on Thursdays. Ballymena Guardian journalist Damien McGinley will present ‘Agri Week’ and ‘Seven Agenda’. Ocean FM Sligo presenter Paul Scanlon presents an album track show at weekends whilst Dublin’s Q102 Movie Man Shane Smyth presents ‘Seven Movie Magic’ on Saturday mornings at 9am. A dedicated Education Show presented by former Downtown radio anchor Sharon Jennings will be on the air on Thursday nights at 7.30pm.
Robert Walshe says that he is very proud of the main launch team, adding that the entire programming schedule was a reflection of Northern Ireland’s ability to produce top broadcast talent.
Roscommon’s community radio station Ros FM, who broadcast on 94.6MHz FM, are today embarking on a live, non-stop, 30-hour broadcast as part of a joint fundraiser in aid of the Friends of St Lukes Hospital and Ros FM itself. John Crean, Liam Sherringham and Finbar Spellman are presenting a mixture of music, chat, sport news and views with a selection of special guests joining them over the course of the marathon broadcast, which finishes tomorrow evening.
Many of London’s estimated 80 pirate stations have been shut in a series of raids which started last Saturday and ended midweek. Ofcom, with police help, removed 53 radio transmitters, putting 44 stations involved in illegal broadcasting out of business. Stations affected include Afrique FM in Tottenham, Lush FM in Acton, Whoa FM in Elephant & Castle, Baseline FM in Lewisham, Powerjam in Battersea, Ragga FM in Edmonton and Have It FM in Bow. The operation was carried out because many of the stations are believed to be linked to criminal gangs. The raids also uncovered drugs and weapons, including firearms.
Bahrain is set to have its first private radio station. Sawt al-Ghad (Voice of Tomorrow) has already gone on the air on a trial basis on 98.4MHz FM. The station is expected to launch officially in a few weeks and will focus on music, sports, culture and the stock market but avoid news and politics.
A man who allowed two unlicensed stations to broadcast from his premises has had the charges against him dismissed in Dublin’s District Court.
Anthony Hogarty, who is unemployed at the age of 60, allowed Sun FM and Jack FM to send a signal to his Sandyford-based premises where he used his own apparatus to re-broadcast their signals over the city. He had been warned to stop by ComReg but continued to broadcast despite claiming he received no money for doing so.
Judge Anne Watkin, after hearing he had no previous convictions and that he had a number of medical problems, dismissed the charges under the Probation Act.