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Xtreme nonsense

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.

Xtreme relaunch

Xtreme FM hope to be relaunching either today or tomorrow on 101.8MHz in Dublin. The acquisition of a new mixer should see a major improvement in their sound quality.

Xtreme ceased

Xtreme FM have had to cease transmissions on 101.8MHz in Dublin because of interference to NEAR FM on 101.6.

Dance Loop on 106.9 in Dublin

106.9FM in Dublin is presently home to a continuous loop of background dance music with a voiceover stating that “You are listening to a test transmission on 106.9FM. Stay tuned for more details on Dublin’s newest dance music radio station.”

Postings to message boards state that this station will be calling itself X-Cell 107FM and will launch at 1.07pm on Sunday…mirroring Lite 102FM’s frequency – time coordinated launch of a few weeks ago.

You can listen to the announcement here

Clip thanks to Anto

Boredom setting in?

106.9FM in Dublin is once again carrying continuous dance music with no idents and no test transmission announcements. Is there anybody out there not bored by this yet?

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.

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.