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Kiss FM Split?

Kiss FM in Limerick appear to have split the output on their two frequencies.
Today on 106.0MHz, the station’s usual live programming featuring dance/pop music has been dropped in favour of 70s, 80s and 90s slow, ‘radio friendly’ songs. The signal is in stereo with the usual RDS of ‘KISS’ but with none of the usual station jingles.
Meanwhile, on the other Kiss FM frequency of 106.3MHz, there is also no live programming but the favoured output is non-stop dance music. The signal is in mono with no RDS or station ident

Cork Mystery Solved

Luv FM is the station broadcasting on 105.5MHz in Cork. The station owner has confirmed that they have decided to use the old Kiss FM frequency but not before fooling people into believing that Kiss FM had made a return by playing back-to-back dance music!

Sun Gone Down

Sun FM, the non-stop 80’s Dublin station, is off air today because of technical problems. Station source 80s Bloke told Radiowaves News this afternoon that it may take a few days before the station returns. “It’s a pity the technical problems didn’t happen in the last 2 weeks while we were off air – that’s Murphy’s Law!!” he concluded. Sun FM usually broadcast on 101.3MHz.

Xmas Spin

Spin FM are now indicating that they will be on air by Christmas, despite an announcement earlier in the year that it would be October. This emerged at a meeting with the BCI earlier this week. The exact launch date will be agreed later this month.
It was also revealed that Cork’s new station Red FM should be on air by November.

Latest Overview from Cork

Kiss FM have re-appeared on 105.5MHz this evening. The station are now broadcasting from a new transmitter site.
Radio Caroline will make a return the airwaves tomorrow on their 98.2MHz frequency.
Sunshine Radio has now limited it’s broadcast hours to Sunday morning/afternoons only on 104.3MHz
LUV FM remain silent with no transmissions whatsoever.
Radio Friendly continue uninterrupted on 104.6MHz as do alternative rock station Freak FM on 107.6MHz.
The unidentified station on 105.0MHz continues with sporadic and infrequent broadcasts
UCB continue to occupy 107.0MHz and UCB Cross Rhythms are still on 87.7MHz
Power FM station owner Max Power confirmed today that there is no plans to bring the station back in the foreseeable future.

Kiss On Jazz

Kiss FM programming was going out on Jazz FM’s 89.8MHz frequency for a period this evening. Static replaced the dance music before Jazz FM reappeared. This was due to a suspected link problem.

Star Signs

Formerly known as the IRTC, The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) today signed a broadcasting contract with Star Broadcasting Limited, who will operate the new special interest music station for Dublin City.
Star Broadcasting Limited were one of the recent successful applicants for two new special interest radio licences for the Dublin area and they were represented at the signing by Chairman David Harvey and Director Paul Coulson.
The station will be known as Dublin’s Country 106.8FM and will provide a special interest music service specialising in Country and Irish Music genres. Music will represent 70% of total output over the broadcast day. In addition to the overall music mix special music features will be broadcast in the evenings. Other important elements of the station’s programming will be news & current affairs and information, which will include regular local news bulletins, community notice board updates and frequent Dublin country gig guides.
Speaking at the signing, BCI chairman Conor J. Maguire said, “We are delighted to see Dublin’s Country 106.8FM join the independent radio sector. This contract signing marks the continued implementation of the Commission’s licensing policy developed in 1999, in which increasing the number of stations on-air and ensuring diversity of types are integral to the development of our policy”, Conor J. Maguire concluded.
Test broadcasts on 106.8 FM in Dublin City are planned for the near future and live broadcasting is scheduled to commence in October.

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.

UCB 549 Off

The high-powered UCB relay on 549kHz from the north-east of Ireland has been off air since early today. It did not return.

Compensation Claim

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.

Gem R.I.P.

Gem 88FM have bowed to ODTR pressure and decided to pull the plug on their operation today. The decision was made by the station themselves and was not influenced by their site landlord. The Dublin-based automated oldies station had occupied 88.1MHz since just before Christmas last year.

No Hit Radio

Also off air in Limerick for the past while have been the 107.9FM and 103.35FM transmissions for “All Hit Radio”.

Choice Move

Cabra’s Choice FM will be returning to their previous frequency of 96.4MHz this evening. The station have been on 94.3MHz for the past few weeks and there is a possibility that they may move to another frequency in the future.

New Head of News at CKR

John Drummey, a former news reader with Independent Network News, has been appointed as head of news at CKR FM. John is also a former presenter with Radio Kerry. CKR FM is the licensed station serving the Carlow/Kildare franchise area.

New Dance Station for Dublin

Tests for a new dance station planning to launch in Dublin during the summer will be heard over the next few weeks, according to a spokesperson. They will have an ERP of 500 watts and will broadcast around the city on two frequencies. A name has been chosen but will not be announced until closer to the launch.

Hot Limerick Latest

Hot FM – on 105.8MHz in Limerick – will now launch on Monday, June 4th and not today as stated previously. The station’s RDS changed yesterday to ‘HOT105FM’ and they were broadcasting in mono. Today they had no RDS but were broadcasting in stereo.

Dublin FM News

WXTC are off the air today. WXTC have been broadcasting to the city on 91.6MHz for the past few months.

The Cross Rhythms relay, which has suffered appalling audio problems for the past few weeks, was on a blank carrier for most of today. The spluttering Cross Rhythms relay can be heard on 98.4MHz.

K.I.C.ked Off

K.I.C. FM’s transmitter site was raided this evening by the ODTR and two members of the Gardai. As a result, the station is now off the air although the studio was not visited.

K.I.C. FM are a country and Irish music station broadcasting to Dublin on 104.0MHz.

Five’s Alive Again

Both BBC Five Live and WRN have been restored to NTL’s cable network in Dublin. Five Live can be heard through NTL on 95.1MHz whilst WRN is tuneable on 102.7MHz.

Meanwhile, as a result, WXTC have confirmed that their relay of BBC Five Live will resume this evening following their own live programming and they plan to relay the British network as much as possible during the run-in to the UK general election.

Jazz FM return delayed

Jazz FM’s return to the airwaves has been put back a week, station manager Ollie Dowling told Radiowaves News this evening.
The station was originally due to recommence broadcasts this Friday, but the official relaunch is now scheduled for 4pm on Friday, June 8th. Tests will start over the next few days on 89.8MHz and there is the possibility of some live programming this weekend.
On it’s return, Jazz FM’s schedule will consist of 40 hours live programming each week. This will run from 4pm to midnight on Fridays and 8am to midnight at weekends. Automated programming will make up the rest of the station’s output.

Business as usual at 252

The press speculation at the weekend concerning a sale by RTL of their 80% controlling interest in Atlantic 252 has led to station manager John O’Hara issuing a statement yesterday in which he said that it was business as usual for the staff and himself.
“[We] are committed to restoring Atlantic 252 to its former glory and that process has already begun,” he says. “The resurgence of interest in long wave from the UK, the Dutch and the Scandinavians can only be good for us and we look forward to a long and successful future.”
RTÉ, the state broadcaster which owns a 20% stake, remains committed to the station.

Report: Mike Terry 

Atlantic 252 for sale

Atlantic 252, which is owned by RTL (80%) and RTÉ, is to be put up for sale again, according to a report in today’s Mail On Sunday. The value could be up to £20m.

Report: Mike Terry 

New appointment at 252

Following the recent poor showing in the RAJAR figures, Meath-based long wave station Atlantic 252 have appointed a new Programme Controller in the shape of 27 year old Sarah Henderson.
Atlantic 252 broadcast across the UK and Ireland on 252kHz. 

Today at the Flood Tribunal

Mr Patrick Taylor, former finance director of the UK’s Capital Radio who invested over £1m in Century Radio, said today that it was suggested to him that former Communications Minister Ray Burke was paid £35,000 by Oliver Barry, Century’s co-founder, in return for placing a cap on RTÉ’s advertising revenue.
The suggestion was made to him by Mr James Stafford, also co-founder of Century, in late 1991.

Mr Taylor also told the Tribunal that he was unaware that Mr John Mulhern, son-in-law of Charles Haughey, was an investor in Century Radio. It was not disclosed in the legal documents drawn up at the time of Capital’s investment in the station, he said.

In other evidence given today, Mr Paddy Corbett (Manager of Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Street) agreed that words recorded in an internal bank memo to the effect that Mr Oliver Barry had used his ‘political clout to get…a level playing field’ – referring to the cap on RTÉ’s advertising – were his, but he had no recollection of saying it.

Mr Séamus O’Neill, former marketing director of Century Radio, said that he had sold advertising prior to the station’s launch on the basis that the signal would reach 60% of the country on it’s first day of broadcasting and that it should not have launched, because at that point, only 45% of the country could receive the station. He had never been shown RTÉ’s transmission document which stated that it would take nine months before this level of coverage could be reached. This led to advertisers cancelling orders and it became difficult to get new business, he added.

Firing Blanks in Dublin

DMR FM continue to broadcast a blank carrier on their frequency of 93.2FM. Phantom FM’s 102.9FM was also blank for a period this morning and again in the afternoon. Their 91.6FM transmissions continued as normal.

Remembering Uaneen

The first in a series of commemorative events in honour of Uaneen Fitzsimons, the RTE radio and TV presenter killed in a road accident last week, will take place tomorrow night at the Temple Bar Music Centre in Dublin at 11pm.
The event will feature “The Sound In A Light Year” a film by Donal Dineen plus DJs: Johnny Moy, Donal Scannell, Billy Scurry, Hugh Scully, Glen Brady and Philip Boyle.
All proceeds will go to one of Uaneen’s favourite charities.

WXTC Test

Automated programmes from WXTCs library are test broadcasting today in MP3 format from the station’s website or, using winamp, by typing in this address 161.58.229.253:8000. DX reports are welcomed at radio@wxtc.net. New shows have also recently been added to the site.

Testing 8,7,6

Just after 3pm today, ABC 94FM was replaced on 87.6MHz by test transmissions, with a full launch scheduled for Monday at 7pm. ABC’s plans were for a full-time Gold FM service on 87.6FM although no station name has been mentioned on the tests. ABC 94FM can now only be received on 94.3MHz in Dublin.

Today at The Flood Tribunal

RTE’s dealings with Century Radio, and the cap on it’s advertising rates, cost the station approximately £20m, RTE’s chief financial officer Gerry O’Brien claimed today at The Flood Tribunal.

Magical Web

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.

Dublin Station News

Sun 101FM were just a blank carrier for periods today but returned in the evening. Also blank today was DMR FM and another station blank for a short period was Freedom 92FM.

Atlantic Gain Listeners

Atlantic 252 have shown an increase in the latest release of RAJAR figures. The station have attracted 50,000 new listeners – an increase of 4%. Atlantic 252 broadcast to the UK and Ireland on 252kHz long wave.

Lightning Live

Limerick’s Live 95FM were suffering transmission problems as a result of thunder and lightning this morning. The station was silenced in the middle of their midday news bulletin and remained off for about ten minutes.

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.

New Station for Ulster

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.

ESG Web Change

Dublin dance pirate ESG FM have changed their website. Tonight there is just a front page stating that “The transformation is coming…” plus the station’s frequency details (93.8 & 94.1).

Atlantic 252 website on test

Atlantic 252’s new website is currently at the testing stage and the plan is for it to go live on October 16th. The site was originally due for relaunch on October 1st. Atlantic 252 can be heard across the British Isles on the long wave band or by visiting their webpage.

Sun E

Sun 101FM, who broadcast ‘All 80’s, All the Time’ on 101.3MHz in Dublin, now have an email address where they can be contacted. The address is sun101fm@hotmail.com

Phantom Off Overnight

Phantom FM’s automated service was off again overnight due to computer problems. Live programming resumed at 11am this morning. Phantom FM broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz.

Atlantic Off Their Tits

Atlantic 252 are about to launch a new £1m promotional campaign aimed at their 15-24 year old target audience. Entitled “Dance Your Tits Off”, the campaign will feature naked male model torsos with plasters over their nipples in an attempt to encourage more interest from dance music followers.
Atlantic 252 broadcast to Ireland and the UK on the long wave band.

Unid Country

An unidentified transmission playing continuous country and Irish music has been heard on 107.1 MHz with a good signal in County Meath.

Source: Sean Brady.

ESG Off Today

ESG FM’s service was down for most of today but returned in the evening. The station broadcast to Dublin on 94.1FM and 93.8FM.

UCB Relay Returns

The Irish-based relay of UCB returned yesterday with better coverage achieved due to modulation level increase. The relay can be found on 549kHz and is operated by Irish Christian Broadcasters (ICB) Dundalk.

Jazz Tx Problems

Jazz FM in Dublin were off air overnight because of a problem with their main transmitter. They returned to the airwaves on their 89.8FM frequency at 6.30 this evening.

Madness – But Not Mad – on 101.8

A blank carrier with no station id has been heard on the controversial 101.8MHz frequency in Dublin which was once occupied by Xtreme FM and, more recently, Mad Radio.

Neither station lasted long on the frequency because of interference to the licensed North-East Dublin service NEAR FM on 101.6FM – although Xtreme FM attempted to use it a second time.

No such thoughts occupy the minds of anyone at Mad Radio who this evening confirmed that the carrier had nothing to do with them.

Comment: 101.8…”COUNTRY.” on 103.7…there may be a lack of space on the band but broadcasting on these frequencies is begging for trouble.

Phantom Not So PC

Phantom FM’s automated service was down this morning with suspected pc problems. The service has now been restored. Phantom FM broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz.

ABC Power Cut

Dublin’s ABC 94FM were off air for a period this morning due to a power cut at their transmitter site. The station are now back broadcasting on both their 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz frequencies.

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

Rosborough to Take Over the City Beat

City Beat – based in Belfast – have announced that John Rosborough is to become their new station director. John is at present Head of Programming at Downtown/Cool FM and will join City Beat on October 9th. The station broadcast on 96.7MHz.

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

No Show for GAA FM

GAA FM failed to appear in Dublin during today’s All Ireland Final despite the presence of it’s blank carrier on 106.8MHz. There was also no sign of GAA FM’s webstream.

Comment: Maybe it was mistaken for olympics coverage?

Kiss on a Loop

Dublin’s Kiss FM were running a continuous loop of all their jingles this morning but went live again this afternoon. The station can be found on 105.8MHz.

Supreme Call It a Day

Supreme FM, the dance station who were based in Lucan and broadcast locally on 107.7MHz, have decided to call it a day until sometime next year.

Source: Anorak Hour Update

It’s Country

A continuous music station playing mainly Country & Irish – but with other genres also receiving airplay – has appeared on 103.7MHz in Dublin and surrounding areas using the RDS ‘COUNTRY.’ (including the full-stop at the end!)

The station is strongest in the west with reasonable quality in the city-centre.

This is in addition to the blank carrier which is also being received on 103.7MHz in certain areas.

Report: Simon Maher

Comment: It can safely be assumed that this is not Spin testing!!

UCB Relay Off Air

UCB’s relay on 549kHz went off air last night at 11pm. This was caused by a melt-down in the 3 phase supply causing a power blackout on site. It may take several days before broadcasting can recommence.

ABC Are Having a Party

Details of ABC 94FM’s fifth birthday programme have been finalised. It will begin at 8pm on Monday and “is an excuse for an anorak session”, presenter Mike Williams told Radiowaves!

There will be recordings of the Dublin station from the past featuring various djs and there will also be airings of many old jingles and idents.

Special guests have also been lined up to take part.

ABC 94FM presently broadcast to Dublin on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz.

Comment: Here’s hoping the station’s sixth year features less of the technical problems which affected the fifth. Happy birthday!

Latest From the Flood Tribunal

James Stafford, the former director of Century Radio, has been accused of lying to the Flood Tribunal. Denying the allegation, Mr Stafford claimed that comments he made during a private interview were misinterpreted.
The tribunal heard that Mr Stafford said that he first heard about the now infamous payment to Ray Burke when he read about it in press reports earlier this year but later said in evidence that he had heard about it back in 1991. At that point, Oliver Barry claimed that he was owed money for the payment he made to Ray Burke. James Stafford said that was the first time he heard about it. However, tribunal lawyers have uncovered documents which reveal that Oliver Barry was refunded the payment after the London based Capital Radio took a stake in the station, and that James Stafford helped him to do this.

Cary Wants a Job

Former Nova boss Chris Cary is still rehabilitating slowly following his stroke, according to chriscary.com. The second update to the website this week comes in the form of a job application which mentions that Chris will be released in March next year and wants to return to broadcasting – his major passion in life.
In the update, his partner Sybil Fennell says that: “…radio has always been his first love and I can think of no better way to help him to readjust to life than to encourage him to immerse himself in something that comes naturally to him.”
Suggestions and work offers are welcomed at sybil@chriscary.com.
The earlier update this week was a thank you to all those who had sent messages of support.

Comment: What better way for Mr Cary to rehabilitate himself. Again…get well asap.

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.

FM104’s Big Brother

Dublin’s FM104 are shortly to introduce their own version of the hit UK television show ‘Big Brother’. Details to be released soon. FM104 are tunable at 104.4MHz in Dublin city and county.

No Freedom Today

Freedom 92FM in Dublin were off the air for most of today due to transmitter problems which were resolved in the evening. The station will also be off air at some point this coming weekend for the installation of new aerials. Freedom FM can be found on 92.0MHz.

Freedom FM on Radiowaves

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.

ESG No Plans to Close

ESG FM’s station manager James Davids has this evening issued a statement stating that ESG is “NOT closing under any circumstances” and that a relaunch with big changes is on the way.
He also asks for supporters to “take no note of any of the rumours”.
The Dublin-based dance music station had been planning a move from their temporary premises of the past few weeks into a new studio which explains why they have had neither live programming nor RDS for the past few days.

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.

Equipment Issues for Phantom

Phantom FM have suffered equipment problems which resulted in the station needing to keep their audio levels very low last night through this morning. It is possible that yesterday evening’s heavy downpour affected machinery on their mountain site.
Normal service resumed this afternoon following engineer work. Phantom FM broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz.

New FM Service Advertised for Cork

The IRTC has advertised for applications from parties interested in serving Cork city and county with an FM radio station. This time there is no specifications for the type of service required but the IRTC has indicated that they wish to increase the choices on offer to listeners. Closing date for applications is 10th November.

Gay Radio Station Bound for Ireland?

Ireland could be home to Europe’s first gay radio station next year. Australian businessman Dr Austen James wants the station to be run entirely by gays but will settle for “people who live on the edge” if equality laws don’t permit it. The station hopes to beam it’s signal across Europe and plans are subject to the station receiving a licence.

Five Live Cable Issues

ntl are now admitting that they might have problems carrying Five Live in the future as a result of sports broadcasting rights restrictions which prevent the station broadcasting outside of the UK.

Five Live has been removed from analogue satellite and, as a consequence, from ntl.

The station is encrypted on the Sky Digital platform and available to UK listeners only.

Listeners in Ireland can now only tune in on medium wave.

Comment: Although ntl are not at fault it might be worth letting them know that you want Five Live as part of your cable service. Customer service: 1800 123123 or fill in the customer care form on their website.

ABC Back on Air

ABC 94FM returned to Dublin’s airwaves this evening on both 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz but without RDS at present. This replaces Gold FM which occupied the frequencies over the weekend.

Problems with links to the mountain transmitters have dogged both stations in recent times but a new link has shown no sign of trouble and Gold FM – featuring music of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s – will take up full-time residence on 87.6FM as soon as a second arrives.

A spokesperson this evening told Radiowaves, “…despite all the technical problems we are working hard behind the scenes to improve things and are grateful to all for their patience”.

Plans for an AM service have been put on hold.

Comment: ABC’s fifth birthday programming plans are in progress.

Sun Down

Sun FM, who play non-stop eighties music on 101.3MHz in Dublin, were off air most of the weekend.

Comment: PC problems at a guess!

Gold at the Weekend

Gold FM has reappeared in Dublin today on both 87.6MHz and 94.3MHz. Jingles for “Gold FM at the weekend” are airing and not the 24 hours a day versions that were recently heard testing.

ABC Future Plans

ABC 94FM, who will be five years old on Monday week, have launched a revamped website and a new-look logo. On the website there are hints that future plans for the station will be announced soon.

Comment: Some interesting developments from the ABC stable.

Full Time Gold

Gold FM is set to broadcast full-time on 87.6MHz. The station has a new logo and it’s own web-page in development where there is an announcement that it will be starting soon.

Comment: Now that 87.6MHz is receivable over much of the city, Gold FM’s oldies mix should prove popular.

Cary Returned to Prison

Chris Cary has been moved from his hospital bed on the Isle of Wight to Parkhurst prison on the island. In an update to the Chris Cary website this week, Sybil Fennell says that Chris is still not very well but he can walk again with the aid of a walking stick and has no use of his left hand. Chris is best known in Ireland for setting up Radio Nova in the early eighties.

Comment: Returning the man to prison seems very harsh…

Caroline Asked to Cease

Radio Caroline Dublin have again been requested to stop broadcasting by the ODTR because of interference to neighbouring frequencies. An accidental loss of power to the station’s UHF link this morning caused problems, particularly to Lite FM on 102.2MHz. In June, Caroline were forced to cease after complaints to the regulator by Lite FM.
A spokesperson for the station this evening told Radiowaves that it was “back to the drawing board” once again but they plan to be back broadcasting as soon as possible.

Mix Relay

Those with their receivers tuned to 87.6 and 94.3FM in Dublin today are being treated to a relay of The Mix through Sky Digital.

Mix Down

The Irish Mix have been off air for the past couple of days with equipment problems and hope to return sometime this evening. They broadcast on 90.3MHz on your Dublin dial.

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!

Jingles on the Way

DMR FM are working on a new jingle package which they hope to air by the start of next month. DMR FM broadcast to Dublin on 93.2MHz.

Comment: None needed! Also, thanks from Radiowaves.FM for the promotion.

Gold Relay

Capitol Gold is today’s Sky Digital selection on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz which was interrupted for an hour by the now customary lunchtime return to the unidentified music mix.

Comment: Anything is better than the previous relays of Classic Gold with their selection of aging dj’s who were out of fashion before they were even born!

ABC More Power

ABC Power’s 104.5 transmitter returned to air today. This follows the return of the main 104.1 transmissions on Saturday afternoon. ABC Power 104 are based in Waterford.

Magic I

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!

Five Live switch off on Astra

BBC Five Live have stopped broadcasting in analogue via the Astra satellite at 19.2E due to broadcasting rights restrictions.

The Irish cable service from ntl has also been affected. A company representative for ntl has said that they hope to restore the channel soon – even though he needed to be informed that Five Live was a radio – not a tv – channel and that it was offered as part of their service.

Five Live is encrypted on Sky Digital but can be received on 990kHz, 909kHz and 693kHz on medium wave in many parts of Ireland.

Radio GAA GAA

G.A.A. FM broadcast their inaugural transmission on 106.8MHz in Dublin today from 12 noon.

Operating under a temporary licence, programming lasted for five and a half hours and included RTÉ’s commentary on The All-Ireland Hurling Final and other post-match programming.

The station was also available worldwide from both Setanta’s and the G.A.A.’s websites.

ABC Mix

Gold FM test jingles were aired on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz in the early hours of this morning. The jingles were new and mentioned a 24 hour a day service rather than the “Gold FM at the weekend” promos of the past. There were also test jingles aired for a service by the name of Hope FM for Dublin.

ABC are staying tight-lipped about future plans for their frequencies although a spokesperson told Radiowaves that Beat FM will not be returning.

When the jingle package played out the frequencies shifted to a Sky Digital relay of Heart 106.2 from London. This finished at lunchtime and Beat FM jingles and programming reappeared on both frequencies for a while before a return to unidentified music.

Comment: Tests or just total confusion?

More Relays

Planet Rock is today’s Sky Digital selection on 94.3FM and 87.6FM in Dublin. Classic Gold was relayed for most of yesterday until a return to the unidentified music mix last night.

Comment: Maybe they’re taking station requests?

Sun Rises

Sun FM is how the non-stop eighties music station on 101.3MHz in Dublin is now identifying itself. Previous name was C101.3.

Comment: Looking to tan the opposition?!

Mad Delay

Mad Radio – presently off-air awaiting the arrival of a new compressor and PLL transmitter – will further delay their return until the present situation pans out. A representative of Mad Radio told Radiowaves that there were enough problems at the moment without a power struggle on 93.2MHz giving the ODTR an excuse to raid either station. He also promised that the station would be back on 93.2MHz as soon as possible.

Link: Mad Radio on Radiowaves.FM

Kiss Back On

Kiss FM in Cork came back on air this afternoon with normal programming and RDS following yesterday’s decision to stop broadcasting to avoid an ODTR visit.
Kiss FM broadcast to Cork on 105.5MHz and 107.1 to S Tipperary.

Comment: Welcome back.

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ABC Power Plan Return

ABC Power 104FM plan to return to the airwaves at the weekend after they have reinstalled their transmitters and done some tests. ABC broadcast to the South-East of the country on 104.1MHz.

Comment: Best of luck!