Magic 105 have announced that they are testing a new sister station called Magic Country on Sunday and Tuesday nights on their 105.1MHz frequency. They hope to have the new station running 24 hours on 107.7MHz soon.
Magic 105 broadcasts into Northern Ireland from a transmission site based in Monaghan.
Energy 106 FM is running on substantially reduced power due to damage incurred from repeated ESB power failures up at Alien Mountain, Co Monaghan. This may lead to a delay in the introduction of the Magic – Power Country service on 107.7 while the main Energy 106.6 6KW transmitter is repaired. This also effects the Magic 105 service to the west on 105.8.
Magic 105, Kiss 106 and Energy 106 face the threat of raids following recent correspondence between Jim Rodgers of the UUP in Northern Ireland and An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, whose reply stated that it is an urgent priority to have the stations raided.
Report: Miles J
Energy 106 is being jammed in Belfast by a pirate operator who is running copied Energy material and using a fake american accent. The jamming commenced this afternoon and Energy have reported the jamming to the Radio Communications Agency. Lawrence John has stated that he is willing to pay for any services which leads to the tracking down of the jammer.
Report: Miles J
Border station Energy 106’s website has been closed because of a dispute over payments.
Source: Miles J.
Magic 105FM are working on plans to introduce online requests with a new interactive twist through their website. They are hoping to have this facility within the next few weeks. Magic 105 broadcast from Co Monaghan into Northern Ireland on 105.1FM and 105.8FM.
Comment: Stay tuned for details (ouch!)
Magic 105FM’s interactive service is now testing and they hope to introduce it on air very shortly.
Comment: Should be fun!
Details of Monaghan-based Magic 105’s new interactive services – entitled Magic ‘I’ – are now being released by the station and they hope to have it running by next week.
Online requests will be one feature whereby a user will be able to pick a song from a large database and schedule it to play at a specified point in the future. This feature will also be available via WAP phone technology.
Recorded messages for airplay similar to a service already offered by TalkSport are also planned and the station hope to make use of their moving RDS by showing scrolling request details.
It will also be possible for presenters from anywhere worldwide to make their own shows for airplay using the service.
The Magic ‘I’ will be available in off-peak hours only.
Comment: Innovative and exciting plans. Not just music!
Monaghan border-blaster Energy 106FM is running on reduced power as a result of a power failure.
Source: Miles J.
Energy 107.7 has launched a club music service for Mid-Ulster with tests starting today. The pop chart service on 106.6MHz will remain the same. The station originally planned for 107.7MHz – Magic Country – will now use 105.8FM.
The newly revamped Magic 105 website is now live online. It includes the revolutionary Magic ‘I’ interactive service – expertly designed and provided by Northern Ireland Webmasters – which will be on test for the next six weeks.
Magic 105 broadcasts to Northern Ireland on 105.1FM and 105.8FM plus the newly launched 101.5FM.
Northern Irish owned station Energy 106 are planning to claim compensation from the ODTR following the recent withdrawal of power supply from the station’s transmitter site, according to Miles J, the station’s engineer.
Speaking to Radiowaves News today, Miles claimed that the removal of electricity supply, which was ordered against the pirate station by the ODTR last month, had caused considerable damage to the station’s main transmission equipment at their transmitter site in Co Monaghan.
“Without doubt, the ODTR will take this as a major victory against the Energy 106 station,” he said. “When you are dealing with 7,000 volts, you just do not mess about. The ODTR has cost Energy at least £4-5,000 worth of direct component damage, plus the complete loss of thousands of pounds worth of advertising and sponsorship revenue. Obviously when the time comes these substantial costs will be levelled at the ODTR for compensation.”
Miles also said that the severe climate at Alien Mountain has also caused damage to equipment.
Kykx FM has started broadcasting to parts of Northern Ireland on 103.7MHz. The station comes from the people who bring you Thunder 107.7FM.
The north-eastern based border pirates were all off the air last night following a raid on Alien Mountain which targeted Magic 105, Energy 106 & Choice 107.7FM. It is thought that the other stations – such as Kiss FM (rebranded as a Country station) & Storm 106.2FM – all went off for precautionary reasons, as Kiss FM & Storm 106.2 were back on air this afternoon. Tonight Magic 105 have also returned despite having most of their equipment taken.
The border pirates are a special breed of stations that broadcast from the more relaxed Republic into Northern Ireland, which falls under the remit of the UK authorities who are less tolerant of unlicensed broadcasts.