Power Hits 107FM are off air for technical reasons only, a station spokesman told Radiowaves News tonight. The Drogheda station received a visit from the ODTR last Wednesday, but say they will be back on air in two weeks with a newly installed processor and automated radio software.
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Part-time Dublin station Power FM appeared on 106.0MHz tonight with live programming and playing dance music.
Dublin’s two dance music stations which were affected by flooding last Friday have returned to the airwaves. Kiss FM are back on the air since mid-afternoon on their 105.8MHz frequency. Mad Radio have also returned to 93.2MHz.
Power FM are on air in Dublin again tonight, this time on 106.1MHz. This follows an appearance on 106.0MHz on Monday night.
Top Dublin dance station Energy 94FM have announced that they will cease broadcasting on Saturday 16th February. Closedown is scheduled for 7pm. This comes as a result of ODTR pressure and an indication that this will will continue, leading to court action. The station broadcast on 94.1MHz.
Choice FM, Cabra’s local station on 90.4MHz in Dublin, was off air for an hour tonight before returning at 8.30pm with an increase of power, station manager Brian Butterly has told Radiowaves News.
Spin FM will not be launching on February 15th, the station’s new programming chief Liam Thompson said today. Speaking to Radiowaves News, he confessed that they are still getting ready because he’s only just been appointed to the job. A new date has been agreed with the BCI for the station’s launch but he is not yet prepared to reveal it.
When asked would dance music be the only genre catered for on the station, his reply was that Spin FM will be catering for the 18-34 age group. “This means that dance music will be an important part of our set-up, but not necessarily the only genre played.”
His reaction to Energy 94FM’s announcement yesterday that they will be ceasing broadcasting is twofold. On the one hand he’ll be ‘very sorry’ to see them go because ‘they were a good station’, but obviously, on another level, he would fear the fact that they would offer ‘quality competition’ for Spin FM.
Liam also confirmed that no presenters have been signed up for the new station yet. However, they are now accepting applications via firstname.lastname@example.org “We need to use this address for the moment and we would prefer it if the attachments were not too bulky, just basic details required at present,” he said. “We should have a spin103.fm email address by Monday or Tuesday and a PO Box address by the end of next week. We do have some tapes from the past but they are all very dated.”
Spin FM have been plagued by problems since being awarded the licence to cater for the youth of Dublin back in 1999. When they do eventually launch from their studios based along the quays – close to the Point Theatre – they will be available on 103.8MHz across the city.
Daire O’Brien, programming manager for NewsTalk 106, has denied rumours that Eamon Dunphy will be joining the station, which is due to launch next month. “We’re a local station with local funding,” Daire told tonight’s Evening Herald. “If Eamon came up with an innovative way of paying his salary and leaving us with a profit, we’d be delighted to talk.”
In Dublin, Mix FM are moving frequency from the disputed 88.0FM slot, station manager Soulman told Radiowaves News this evening. The station have been testing on low power on 93.8MHz for the past few days and hope to have a full service by Tuesday. They plan to vacate 88.0MHz by tomorrow.
“Thanks to all our listeners for their patience,” Soulman concluded.
2FM presenter Gerry Ryan is considering a move to the station’s main rivals Today FM. That’s according to today’s Star newspaper. RTÉ radio boss Helen Shaw has described the likelihood of Ryan leaving as ‘highly improbable’.
West Dublin Community Radio are off the air on their 96.0MHz frequency. They do not know when they will return.
Energy 94FM will be available live online for their final day of broadcasting. The Dublin dance station are closing this Saturday and will be available live at their website from late on Friday night.
Choice FM, from Cabra in north Dublin, are now broadcasting on a second channel. The station’s usual frequency is 96.4MHz, but they can now also be heard on 98.4MHz. The station have introduced second outputs in the past on a test basis. Most recently they ran a test on 104.1MHz.
The Radio Authority has announced that it will be automatically renewing two Birmingham local licences which are currently held by BRMB and Capital Gold 1152 (AM). Both licences will run for a further eight years. This is due to the fact that Capital Radio, which owns Midlands Radio plc, is the provider of two digital sound programme services on the Birmingham local multiplex. Under the terms of the Broadcasting Act 1996, a local radio licence holder is entitled to apply for an automatic renewal of its licence, if it is providing a programme service on a ‘relevant’ digital radio multiplex. The Authority regards a ‘relevant’ multiplex as one which provides digital coverage of at least 25% of the population already covered by the analogue licence in question. The condition of these renewed local FM and AM licences will require Capital Radio to do all that it can to ensure the continued provision of the digital services.