RTÉ Advert ‘Pirated by Radio Station’ was a newspaper headline from The Irish Press dates January 7th 1983
RTÉ’s last ditch campaign was a newspaper headline from The Irish Independent dated January 19th 1984
Pirates dancing around the dial was a headline from The Evening Herald dated February 24th 1996
Traffic news radio station could become permanent was a headline from The Irish Times dated May 5th 1999.
The next temporarily-licensed college station will be on air from Monday on 97.3MHz. From Trinity College in the heart of Dublin, Trinity FM will broadcast for one week only.
Two Breakfast Show co-hosts on a local station in England fell out live on air on Thursday, prompting one of them to storm out of the studio. The row started during a discussion on their programme on Plymouth Sound about customer service. Martin Mills claimed that there was an obligation on shops to give refunds for undamaged goods. However, Vicky Compton was certain that there was none.
A caller rang in to support the female presenter, prompting Mills to ask her if she was “another whinging woman” and then accused her of “spouting emotional crap”. Although a trading standards officer had already confirmed that Mills was right, Compton was enraged at his treatment of both her and the caller. She accused her co-host of being opinionated and “always having to be right”. She slammed down her headphones in disgust and left the studio, with Mills advising her to “put the kettle on while you’re out there.”
He carried on, continually making comments and refusing to apologise. At this point Gavin Marshall, the programme controller, took over, sending Mills home.
Although the pair haven’t been suspended, they refuse to make up and have been ordered to stay off the air until they cool down. Both have confirmed, however, that they will be back on air on Monday. She has admitted to being nervous about her return, but Mills continues to be outspoken.
He said: “I’m sorry I upset Vicky, but at the end of the day I was actually right. Someone accused me of not liking women — that’s rubbish, I love women. I’ve got five of them: one to do the cooking, one to do the cleaning, one to sleep with . . .”
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.
Pirates turn to law in new bid to rule the airwaves
A new temporary licensed station Radio Tallaght, which is a project by Tallaght Community Arts and Tallaght Radio Forum, will broadcast on 99.1MHz FM from this weekend. The new station will be on air between 11am and 6pm from Rua Red, the new South Dublin County Arts Centre, over six weekends in 2009 and will feature programmes created and presented by people from the many diverse communities of Tallaght, many sitting behind a microphone for the first time.
The wide variety of programming and the perspectives covered over the six weekends of broadcasting include ‘My Story’, personal stories narrated by Tallaght people from various cultures, race and age; ‘DJ Challenge’, where a senior citizen and a young person play their individual music choices and exchange musical stories; ‘Sounds of Tallaght’, an audio tour of Tallaght with local historian Tomás Maher, and much much more.
The station is currently being programmed by Artist and Creative Producer, Patricia Baker, who has previously set up and operated Radio On, a temporary arts-focused radio station in Cork City in 2007, and Ralph McGarry. This project is the seventh temporary station he has set up/programmed.
Patricia Baker noted: “Radio Tallaght’s aim is to be a voice for the many diverse communities of Tallaght, to celebrate, explore and connect Tallaght’s rich diversity of environment, culture and people, through the medium of community radio. Tallaght Community Arts is delighted to partner with Tallaght Radio Forum on this exciting project and we look forward to all six broadcasts this year.”
Radio Tallaght will work within a critically-engaged community arts practice context and provide a facility for cultural democracy. It will make a significant contribution to reviving the democratic imagination by identifying work that supports citizens as engaged and collectively organised producers rather than passive, individualised consumers.
Tallaght Radio Forum is a group of community enthusiasts who have an interest in radio as a means of community development. It was set up in 2008, initially to bring together interested individuals and groups to explore the concept of community radio.
Radio Tallaght will broadcast on 99.1MHz FM, from 11am to 6pm, on the following dates: January 17th and 18th, March 21st and 22nd, June 20th and 21st, September 19th and 20th, October 17th and 18th, and December 19th and 20th.