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Caroline is 36

Radio Caroline, the most famous radio station in the world, celebrates her 36th birthday this weekend. Caroline can be accessed on the Astra 1c satellite at 19.2 degrees east by tuning to channel 35 (Challenge TV) and selecting audio subcarriers 7.38/7.56mhz.

Times are 6pm – midnight Fridays and 8am – 11pm Saturday & Sunday. A special birthday stream is available globally on Saturday 22nd at 8am and can be accessed by visiting here.

Prison for Two Pirates

Prison sentences have been handed down to two pirate broadcasters in the UK after the station they operated – Klass – was heard quite clearly by air traffic control at Rochester Airport in Kent.
The sentences consisted of 6 months for one of the men and 4 months for the other.
These sentences are heavy compared to 1999 when 47 people were prosecuted for their involvement in illegal broadcasts and fines averaged £239.

High-ranking Virgin

Virgin Radio – the UK adult contemporary station – have been ranked the third most listened to online station worldwide.
First and second places went to internet only stations provided by NetRadio.
Stations were ranked by the total amount of hours spent listening.

Baker Reunited

David Baker – a name which will be familiar to listeners to just about any pirate radio station of the eighties – is planning a reunion in October for all the ’70s and ’80s pirates. He can be contacted by email with ideas and suggestions (and is particularly seeking a venue) at david.baker1@lineone.net.

David Baker is currently a presenter on Chelmer 107.7FM in Essex and can also be heard on Premier FM in Dublin in recorded insert form on their morning show.

MW Caroline

Radio Caroline will be back on medium wave with high-powered transmissions next month for the first time since 1990. The broadcast will be in honour of the Dutch Caroline Supporters Day which takes place on August 19th – also the 11th anniversary of the UK/Dutch armed raid on the Ross Revenge – and the frequency will be 1296 kHz.

Big Members Required

Internet based radio station KSEXradio.com are embarking on a search to find the world’s most well endowed man! They have already had an entry from a Los Angeles man claiming 14 inches. The top three entries will be flown to California from anywhere in the world and win a years supply of hot dogs as well as the chance to show off their winning member on national tv! It can all be found on their website from where you can also enter if you think you have what it takes. It’s all at ksexradio.com.

Radio by Satellite on the Way to the Masses

Sky Digital’s free dish and receiver offer will be available to subscribers in the Republic of Ireland for the first time from September providing you sign for a year’s subscription.

This will open up a new world of radio channels to Irish listeners, although BBC Radio 5 Live is encrypted outside the UK and is not available to Irish subscribers.

It is, of course, worth pointing out that the vast majority of satellite-delivered radio stations are available free to air and can be picked up using any satellite receiver.

Big L Memories

Radio London continue their 28 day RSL service with a 33rd anniversary special tomorrow to mark the day they closed. Highlight of the day’s special programming will be a rebroadcast of the final 2 hours from 1pm UK time. Those who cannot receive the broadcasts off air can tune in via the Big L website at www.bigl.co.uk which is worth a visit anyway!

Caroline on the Web

Radio Caroline launched her full-time internet broadcasts today with a special broadcast on medium wave and shortwave as well as the regular Astra 19E broadcast. The site to go to to access Caroline on the web is radio-caroline.nl.

Record Attempt

Hospital Radio Chelmsford presenter Greg Daines is attempting the world record for longest continuous radio broadcast which currently stands at 72 hours. The programme started at 7am this morning and Greg needs to be still doing his thing at 7am on Saturday to equal the record. Updates and webcam pictures are available at HRC’s website.

Hospital Record

Hospital Radio Chelmsford presenter Greg Daines beat the record for longest continuous radio broadcast on Saturday. The previous record was 72 hours which Greg managed to beat by 1 hour and 33 minutes. When the show was finished Greg slept for 22 hours non-stop! Full details with plenty of pictures will be available on their website by the end of the week.

Comment: Just as well there were hospital beds close by when he finished. Congratulations!

Top Virgin

Virgin Radio in the UK are now the most listened to station on the internet. Arbitron today released findings for the month of July which, according to “Aggregate Tuning Hours”, places Virgin Radio in top place – a jump of one place from previously published figures.

Red Dragon Complaints

Red Dragon FM in Cardiff is having complaints against them investigated after their drive-time presenters yesterday mentioned rumours on-air that further blockades of oil refineries were imminent.
This led to panic petrol buying in Wales leading to chaos on the roads and the rumour then spread to South-West England followed by the rest of the UK.

Red Dragon Cleared

The Radio Authority in the UK have stated that they do not believe that Red Dragon FM were guilty of scaremongering when mentioning rumours of more oil refinery blockades which caused chaos around the UK earlier in the week.

Rolling News for Dublin

A rolling 24-hour Dublin news radio station will start broadcasting on the internet from the beginning of October at Dublinradionews.com. The service will be provided by Flycatcher.ie who are a sister-company of FM104 and those behind the dance internet station Wod1.com. Staff will consist of the existing FM104 news team plus some new recruits.

Source: Brian Greene

Euro Court Falls Short

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the UK government can continue with its restrictive policy of refusing to allow independent stations on short wave despite allowing independent operators on the FM and medium wave bands, but this now raises the separate question of whether the short wave monopoly is legal under European Union competition law. Trevor Brook took his case to the courts in 1997 after numerous requests to the government to license his proposed service “Radiofax”.

Source: ukradio.com

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.

Vatican Loses Power

Vatican Radio has reduced the power of its medium wave transmitter on 1530 kHz, Mike Terry reports. This follows on from the recent problems over electromagnetic radiation levels from its transmitting site at Santa Maria di Galeria. Transmissions between 1710 and 1840 UTC are now being relayed additionally via the transmitter of Radio Monte Carlo on 1467 kHz.

New Nova?

Chris Cary is, at present, living on the Isle of Man receiving treatment for the effects of his stroke. Never one to rest idle, he is also applying for planning permission to erect an 860ft long wave radio mast for the licensed 279kHz frequency, which, according to his website, may later develop into the new Radio Nova.

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.

Absolute & Dowse launch in the States

As the global Reality TV phenomenon continues its juggernaut into the lives of billions across the globe, American radio has now also joined the party with ‘reality radio’ being introduced by the newly-created US based consultancy Absolute & Dowse (A&D).

America’s initial introduction to reality radio was via 95.5 KLOS – Los Angeles and 95.5 WPLJ – New York with the globally successful “2 Strangers & a Wedding” in which the audience select a bride and her groom from self-nominated candidates, then tune in as the couple literally meet for the first time just before walking down the aisle to say “I do”. This so-called ‘matrimonial social experiment’ was also a hit in Ireland, through Dublin’s 98FM, as well as the UK, New Zealand, Eastern Europe and Australia where reality radio is almost as prevalent as reality TV.

Clive Dickens, Programme & Operations Director of ARI, says: “Absolute & Dowse is proud to have successfully brought its global experience to North America and to work in the world’s biggest media market. We look forward to developing our relationships with more broadcasters in other US markets soon.”

A&D comprises of partners from two globally successful consulting companies who execute and create the properties they promote.

Ministry FM Closes

Long-running pirate station Ministry FM has ceased broadcasting following representations made to them by ComReg. The dance music station, who had been broadcasting on 93.2MHz FM, were informed that they would be raided unless they closed down: they complied with this request.
All of Ministry’s equipment is now being offered for sale amidst rumours that station personnel are planning on bringing it back.
Ministry started life as Mad Radio with a low-powered signal covering Dublin’s city centre. They changed name to Ministry at the end of 2002 and went from strength to strength. They have closed in the past thanks to official activity, but later returned.
Another dance music station, Flash FM, has now appeared on 93.2MHz FM.

Galway Station Flirting with a New Frequency

Flirt FM, Galway’s student radio station since 1995, are now broadcasting on 101.3MHz FM. The station previously broadcast on 105.6MHz.

Encompassing the campuses of NUI, Galway and GMIT Flirt FM broadcasts weekdays year round, with an abridged summer schedule outside of term-time. The station is operated by two full-time staff and up to 120 student volunteers.

A new station website will be launched next week at flirtfm.ie and a freshly designed logo (below) has been released.

Orla Teams Up With Hayes for FM Broadcasts

Radio Orla, the internet-based Anglo-Polish radio station, and Hayes FM, a brand-new multi-lingual FM broadcaster in west London which launched on Saturday, have teamed up to reach the Polish community in the FM station’s catchment area. It marks the first time that a Polish-language commercial broadcaster has gone FM in the United Kingdom and underlines the interest not only from the large Polish community in the UK for such content but also the appetite from a British audience to learn about Polish culture. Radio Orla will be providing Lukasz Foster’s bi-lingual shows to listeners of Hayes FM 91.8.

Hayes FM 91.8 will broadcast a range of local radio programmes for the whole area, including targeted music and community programmes for the Irish, Polish, South Asian, African and Caribbean populations in West London.

George Matlock, managing director of Radio Orla, says: “Radio Orla is very pleased to have been approached with this proposal as it is an endorsement of our content and established position in the market for Polish programming. We are especially keen to foster stronger and positive ties with other communities. In fact, we already provide knowledge to other East European communities about how to broadcast online. I know Lukasz will be a fine bi-lingual entertainer for the Hayes-based community.”

Sutish Sharma, managing editor of Hayes FM, says: “Hayes FM offers a format that cannot be found anywhere in the world, and the partnership with Radio Orla not only adds great value to our output, but continues our commitment to bring communities together and bring about positive change for our area through solidarity.”

Kiss FM of Life for Dead European Language

Berlin radio station Kiss FM have promised that they will broadcast its entire morning show in Latin on September 26. The unique idea is to mark the European day of languages. Trailers, news and weather will be translated into Latin for the show which has a listenership of over 4m. A station member of staff has also written a Latin rap song!

Leinster & Snowflake to close

Two Irish-based online stations, Radio Leinster and Radio Snowflake, are to close with immediate effect.

Stations owner David Baker said today:- “I’ve decided to close both Radio Leinster and Radio Snowflake completely. The reasons behind this sudden decision is to protect Chelmer Radio going forward. My workload with Chelmer Radio has increased and I need to focus on that going forward with no other distractions.”

Both Radio Leinster and Radio Snowflake were nostalgic recreations of 1980s pirate stations.

1 Music One

A new internet only station has come under fire for their choice of name. Launched on Sunday, Musc One has a very strong line up and is already proving very popular with listeners.

However, the station has been accused of stealing the name from 1Music in order to piggyback on the success of that name, which has been established since 2016.

In a hard-hitting post on social media, 1Music founder Frankie Beats said:-

“This is not a reflection on the presenters on MusicOne. As you know an ex-2FM presenter has started a radio station called MusicOne.ie in Ireland, which is a blatant copy of my 1Music.ie name, which is registered as a business name since 2016.
Anyone that knows me knows that I’ve worked hard for 5yrs to build my brand, it was all I had to show the world and 1MUSIC went on to win global awards in 2018 and recognition in the music industry.
Today i see that 1MUSIC.ie is now gone from Google page 1 listings for the first time since 2016 and replaced by MusicOne.ie.
Weeks before the other station launched I contacted the owner and his response was: “Contact my solicitor” and the launch went ahead and today I have received some nasty messages from one of its presenters who has started to defame me publicly over the name.
Irish Radio has always been a hard place and this shows how unoriginal and nasty some people can be. MusicOne has already had issues with its previous incarnation and now it’s destroying my hard work.”