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UCB Return to Dublin

UCB can be heard in Dublin once again. Their Christian broadcasts are being relayed on 549kHz on the medium wave band.

Comment: Presumably the ODTR would pray for forgiveness after a raid?

New Relay on 1593

Cross Rhythms Radio is now being relayed on 1593kHz on medium wave, which was the frequency ABC in Dublin had planned to use.
The signal is strongest in Northern areas of the country and the station’s Christian music programming has also been heard on this frequency in North-West England and Scotland.
Cross Rhythms is part of the UCB (United Christian Broadcasting) stable and they have a website which you can visit at www.crossrhythms.co.uk

Comment: Plans for an Irish am music service on 1593 now on hold due to divine intervention!

CKR Not In Trouble

CKR FM are denying that their future is hanging in the balance. The station’s chief executive has instead insisted that CKR FM is in “great health”. Earlier in the year it emerged that CKR Limited had been struck off the Companies Register after failing to file accounts. This led to Carlow Kildare Radio Limited being dissolved on the 16th of June.

Comment: Talk about bad timing with the station’s licence due for renewal shortly!

End of the Line for Passion

Wicklow dance station Passion FM will cease broadcasting at 7pm on Sunday evening with no plans to return. The station received a visit from two members of the ODTR today who also visited both of their transmitter sites in Wicklow before they requested the station to stop broadcasting or face 2 years in jail and/or a £20,000 fine.

Back on the East Coast

East Coast Radio’s 94.9MHz transmitter is broadcasting again. Transmissions ceased on this frequency during the dire weather conditions last Friday but have recommenced albeit with a few teething problems. The station can also be received on 96.2MHz and 102.9MHz.

Comment: They’ll remember this ‘Summer in Dublin’ (of course they’re based in Wicklow but there hasn’t been a song called ‘Summer in Wicklow!)

Full-time Caroline?

Radio Caroline are considering the possibility of running full-time broadcasts on 1296kHz as a result of the major success of last weekend’s one day broadcast. However, financial considerations may scupper any such plans.
Meanwhile, Caroline’s full-time net broadcasts which consist of some specially recorded programmes; repeated programming from their weekend Astra broadcasts; and continuous album music, are now up and running.

Source: Anorak Hour News

Comment: Despite the fact that we wouldn’t receive the broadcasts in Ireland, the notion of Caroline on am full-time is overwhelming

C Not Automatic

C101.3’s non-stop eighties mix was off air all day today.

Comment: Stick an eighties compilation cd into your player and you won’t miss it!

The Sound of Eighty-Seven Six

ABC 94FM are no longer on 87.6MHz in Dublin which is now home to a looping announcement stating “24 hours a day – this is Eighty-Seven Six” and also “Eighty-Seven Six FM – the sound of Eighty-Seven Six”.

Comment: Change in the air at ABC/Beat/Gold

Free FM

Dublin’s FM band was very bare this afternoon with a whole host of stations off the air from about 1.30pm, mainly due to power cuts at their transmitter sites caused by adverse weather conditions.

Amongst those off air were K.I.C. FM, Radio Dublin, Power FM, Radio Caroline Dublin, Kiss FM, Mater Hospital Radio and DMR FM.

Some stations were still on but not on all frequencies – ESG were off on 94.1, Hot Radio were off on 99.1, LMFM were off on 95.5 and East Coast Radio were off on 94.9. CKR were also off air on 97.6MHz.

Stations started reappearing from about 5pm.

Comment: The ODTR must have been doing a few rain-dances last night!

Mayo for Breakfast Served Again

BBC Radio 1’s Simon Mayo show can once again be heard crystal clear on Dublin’s FM band courtesy of Freedom 92FM. In addition to Radio 1’s breakfast show, Freedom have extended relays of the UK national pop channel until 12 midday.

Testing 1593

Test-tones have been transmitted this evening on 1593kHz medium wave with the signal strongest in North Cavan close to the Co Cavan – Co Fermanagh border. Blank carriers have also been monitored on this frequency on a number of occasions in the past week.

Reporter: Sean Brady.

Comment: 2+2 = The medium wave station from ABC/Beat…then again, maybe it equals 5?

Tribunal Affair

RTÉ Radio 1 plan to broadcast reenactments of tribunals as a stand-alone programme in their peak evening slot. Proving very popular with listeners, reenactments have already featured as part of the channel’s 7pm show “Tonight With Vincent Browne” but this programme will no longer be a part of radio schedules as its host is moving to television.

ABC Off

ABC 94FM were off air yet again today up until evening time. Broadcasts on both 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz have been missing for the last three weekdays, reappearing in the evenings, and it is unclear whether this is for routine maintenance or that there are problems at the station. A blank carrier has also been heard on 1593kHz, the frequency for the by now long overdue MW station planned by ABC, but again, whether this is related is unclear.

Caroline Alive

Radio Caroline Dublin have reintroduced live programming after a long absence with BBC Five Live being relayed during downtime on a temporary basis. They can be found by tuning to 102.6MHz.

Comment: Welcome back to a sorely missed friend.

Everyone’s doing great!

RTÉ Radio, Today FM and just about every other station in the country are claiming that more and more people are tuning their way. It can only mean today’s release of the JNLR figures covering the period July 99 – June 2000. Countrywide, yesterday RTÉ Radio 1 are getting 30%, 2FM 28% and Today FM 14%. In Dublin RTÉ Radio 1 are pulling in 40% of listeners with 16% each for 2FM, FM104 and 98FM. Overall the RTÉ stations are getting a 49% share and the independents 51%.

Comment: Such a shame that the pirates aren’t included. It would be nice to have a true reflection of who’s listening to what and it might also put an end to the whole ESG v Hot debate currently boring everyone to tears on bulletin boards.

Dixon Attacked

FM104’s R&B specialist Tony Dixon was attacked at the weekend in a pub in Castleknock. He was 15 minutes into his set when he was struck over the head with a bottle by a man who had repeatedly requested songs which the he refused to play. The attack has left the dj badly scarred.

Off Passion

Passion FM went off air today around lunchtime but were back on within a couple of hours. Passion FM can be found on 103.7MHz in Dublin and 105.2MHz in Wicklow.

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.

Off and On

Hot Radio were off air most of today on both their frequencies, as was ABC 94FM on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz. Both stations reappeared later in the day.

Chris Cary Has Had a Stroke

Chris Cary has had a severe stroke and is presently in hospital in the Isle of Wight. The incident happened over three weeks ago but the chriscary.com site was updated today for the first time since it happened. Chris’ application for parole was also heard last Wednesday but failed.
Letters of sympathy or get well cards can be sent to Chris via:- Saint Mary’s Hospital, Parkhurst Rd, Isle of Wight, England

Madness

Mad Radio are back on 93.2MHz broadcasting to Dublin’s city centre. The station had moved to 101.8MHz but interference to NEAR FM, the licensed community station for Dublin’s north-east, meant transmissions had to cease. 

Energy Jam

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

For Sale

88.1 has been put up for sale including the aerial system and mountain site. Details can be found on the Radiowaves Noticeboard.

ESG Off

In Dublin, ESG FM were off air most of this afternoon on 94.1MHz for technical adjustments.

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!

Sky Calls BBC’s Tune

BBC Radio 1’s sentimental feature “Our Tune” will be on TV on Sky One from next month. Simon Bates – the man who made it a ‘must-weep’ feature for millions of listeners – will present.

ABC Back

ABC 94FM has returned to the airwaves on their usual 94.3MHz plus the 87.6MHz frequency usually occupied by Beat/Gold. RDS is restored to ‘ABC 94FM’ and not ‘94.3 MHZ’ as it was for a few days before they went off air in early July.

Caroline Return

Radio Caroline Dublin hope to return to the airwaves from the middle of next week. Forced to stop broadcasting after complaints made to the ODTR by Lite FM, Caroline returned to 102.6MHz last week only to suffer link problems which they are presently working on.

Atlantic web

Atlantic 252 – the long wave station broadcasting to the UK and Ireland – have put up a temporary page at their website where listeners can tune in on the internet. Atlantic’s website is due for a full launch at the beginning of October. The address is www.atlantic252.com

Confusion is Mad

Dublin station Mad Radio will broadcast from 101.8MHz using 5-10 watts until the current confusion over 93.2MHz is resolved.

Nova Move

Nova Dance, who are under new management, have now relocated to a new studio in a Dublin city centre location. Nova Dance broadcast to Dublin on 94.7MHz.

Golden Reading

Dublin automated station Gold FM, which broadcasts on frequencies 87.6MHz and 94.3MHz on weekends, now have their own dedicated RDS which reads ‘G O L D ‘.

98 Weblift

Dublin’s 98FM have given their website a facelift. The new-look version is available at the same address: 98fm.ie

Raids Expected

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

DMR Plan Launch

DMR FM – who recently broadcast tests under the name Fantasy FM on 106.9MHz – will start an automated service from Monday on 93.2MHz.
Station power is currently low (140watt ERP) due to the proximity of Raidió na Gaeltachta but will be gradually increased to full power by the time the station launches, which will be mid-September at the earliest.

So NEAR

NEAR FM are back on air on 101.6MHz on Dublin’s northside with a new tower and RDS restored to ‘NEAR–FM‘.

DMR Loop

DMR FM are running a looped announcement in stereo on 93.2MHz in Dublin.

The announcement states “Frequency check 93.2FM – 1.5kw of power on 93.2. You’ve got Dublin’s Dance Music Radio – DMR FM, broadcasting soon. Stay tuned for more details. Launching soon”

Stolen Equipment Returned

NEAR FM and FM104 have had their stolen equipment recovered by police after official pirate radio detection experts managed to locate station broadcasts in Rathfarnham, Dublin.
Other equipment relating to recent thefts at East Coast Radio and CKR FM was also discovered.

Hot back on 99.1

Hot Radio is back broadcasting on the ill-fated 99.1 transmitter belonging to Glenn Kelly. This follows on-air announcements from ESG FM last night that they would no longer be using the frequency.

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.

NEAR Site Vandalised

The transmission site of Dublin community station NEAR FM was vandalised today at approx 4pm and equipment was stolen – namely their transmitter and their RDS encoder.

About an hour later broadcasts returned to 101.6MHz but this time bearing the RDS COOL–FM.

The individual conned his way onto site using the name of NEAR FM’s engineer.

‘Cool FM’ is still on air late tonight.

It will take some time before NEAR FM return to air as their mast was also destroyed in the attack.

FM104 KOd

Dublin’s FM104 were off air last night for a period following a break-in at their transmitter site which necessitated broadcasting from a standby transmitter in Hume House for a period. They are now back on from 3 Rock following a temporary repair job, although there was thousands of pounds worth of equipment ruined.

Today Want Ray

Today FM, Ireland’s independent national radio service, want to sign Ray D’Arcy to present a morning programme on the station.

TV3 Wants Radio Licence

TV3 – Ireland’s independent television service – has informed the IRTC that it is interested in operating a regional radio service.

TV3’s last attempt at securing a licence was a failed bid for the licence awarded to Lite FM.

Caroline to Return

Radio Caroline Dublin will be returning to the airwaves this Tuesday, August 1st, in the early evening.
The station has installed new equipment and is ready to resume broadcasting, this time on a frequency of 102.6MHz

Source: Anorak Hour News

Stafford Denies Pushing for RTÉ Radio 2 Close

James Stafford of Century Radio has denied that he ever pushed for RTÉ Radio 2 to be closed down.

Stafford said at the Flood Tribunal today that it was his view that RTÉ Radio 2 should be closed as it was using the RTÉ licence fee to sell below-cost advertising to stifle competition.

Capital Radio in London, which took a stake in Century, also believed it should be closed.

But, he said, it was never a requirement, and it was not included in the 1990 legislation.

John Moves to the Galaxy

John Dempsey is leaving Hot Radio to join ESG FM. John – the man behind Dream FM and the highly recommended new ESG website – will occupy the Saturday evening slot from 6-8pm.
ESG FM broadcast to Dublin on 93.8, 94.1 & 99.1MHz.

Hot Cooling Off

Hot Radio is to vacate their second frequency of 88.1 MHz it was announced today. The frequency was used by the station on a temporary basis and has now been taken by a former partner in Hot. A transmitter is in place and a new station will broadcast from 88.1 to Dublin soon.

Ozone to Leave a Hole in SW?

Ozone Radio, the shortwave pirate station based in Dublin, may be leaving the airwaves within a month owing to a lack of interest from listeners, according to SRSnews.

Station controller Prince Terry has been making on-air statements regarding lack of interest, in particular very few letters.

Ozone Radio has been on air for 3 decades and was formerly known as Westside Radio.

The station broadcasts on Sunday mornings usually from about 8am and carries a deferred relay of Phantom FM’s ‘The Anorak Hour’.

Mix Off Again

The Irish Mix were again off air for long periods this morning but are now back on their frequency of 90.3MHz.

Phantom New Links

Dublin Indie station Phantom FM were off air for about a half an hour today at approx 4pm as they were in the process of changing their UHF link receiver at their transmission site, replacing a temporary one put in on Thursday when they moved their frequency away from the RTÉ digital test frequency.

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.

Dodgy Mix

The Irish Mix were suffering audio problems today and were off air for a long period from 7.30 this evening.

Atlantic push website

Atlantic 252 have appointed e-business consultancy E-Marketing to develop its new website which they hope will be the most innovative radio station website ever created. A live stream will also be available.

The long wave station, which is based in Co Meath, is about to announce details of it’s £1m marketing push, and all of this follows a 20% audience increase since its new schedule launch in January.

The site is due for official launch on October 1st. 

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.

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.

Phantom Live

Phantom FM will be broadcasting The Frames live in concert from Whelans in Wexford St this coming Friday and the programme will include interviews with the band.

This is a follow-up to the very successful inaugural live Blink concert which the station aired recently.

Phantom can be found on 91.6MHz in Dublin and you will also be able to listen to the concert live from their website at phantomfm.com

More details on this and other events by writing to promotions@phantomfm.com.

Less Energy

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.

Beat RDS

Beat FM now have RDS on their signal. It reads BEAT FM and doesn’t change when Gold FM is broadcasting!

The station broadcasts an around the clock automated mix to Dublin on 87.6MHz and temporarily on 94.3MHz.

Mad Radio confirm return

Mad Radio have confirmed that they will be recommencing broadcasting from this weekend whilst they await new equipment. There are no plans to increase power and they will broadcast the same varied mix of music including rap, dance and metal.

Meanwhile, if there are any community or charity organisations who would like to advertise upcoming events on Mad Radio they would be glad to help out. The details can be sent by e-mail to madradio@dublin.com.

Mad Radio broadcast to Dublin city on 93.2MHz. 

First for TalkSport

TalkSport in the UK are claiming a first with the novel idea of inviting listeners to record audio email messages through their website to be sent to the station for later broadcast.

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.

More Magic

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.

Hot in Denial

Hot 99FM have stated that the threatening message posted to an anorak board last night was not from them. The immature posting had received many immature replies overnight, all of which have now been removed.

Meanwhile Hot Radio’s website is also showing signs of life…it’s at www.hotradio.org.

Phantom Problems

Phantom FM were once again off air this evening for a brief period and interruptions to the service will continue until Friday when they hope to have a new link frequency. Problems are being caused by digital test transmissions from RTÉ. Phantom FM broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz

Extra Beat

Beat FM have been on 94.3MHz in Dublin since Monday. This is in addition to their normal frequency of 87.6MHz.

As reported here on Sunday, this is to allow for continued studio work at sister station ABC, who normally occupy 94.3, and the move will last for a few more days at least.

Meanwhile, the aerial planned for the long-mooted medium wave station has arrived and tests should be commencing soon.

88 Loop

88.2MHz in Dublin was tonight home to an unidentified looping dance music station except for the airing of some old Mojo Radio promos. At 10.30pm the operators actually relayed Hot FM live a couple of times before returning to their own “programming”. Transmissions ceased at 11pm. There were similar but weaker broadcasts yesterday on 88.1MHz.

Meantime the following message appeared on the message board of the Radioanoraks site at about 10pm from someone calling themselves ‘88.1 Representative’:
“Hot’s relay is returning to 88.1 tomorrow evening. The original CTE transmitter melted, but a new transmitter has been purchased. So please remove all your toy transmitters off 88.1 and go back to your kindergarden. Anyone who refuses to switch off will be forced to.”

ABC Suspended

ABC 94FM have suspended normal programming until next Tuesday or Wednesday to allow some work at their studio location to take place, including the re-installation of equipment to allow for more live programmes in the future. Link problems will also be cleared up this week.

Other plans for ABC 94FM (plus sister stations Beat FM and Gold FM) will be announced in the coming weeks.

Phantom Interference

Phantom FM, as mentioned on today’s Anorak Hour, are suffering interference to their signal at present. As a result they have been broadcasting in mono today and will be going off air for technical adjustments at midnight for about 30 minutes. Phantom can be heard on 91.6MHz in Dublin.

Jazz Off

Jazz FM is presently off air. Yesterday there was hiss and static on their signal and it has transpired that their link aerial has been knocked out of shape. Unfortunately they cannot at present gain access to their transmitter site and they hope to be back on air a.s.a.p. which will probably be some time on Monday.

Jazz FM broadcast to Dublin on 89.8MHz and recently celebrated 5 years on air. This is their first break in programming for over 3 years.

Also off for periods today were Power FM and Kiss FM due to power problems at the transmitter sites.

RDS News

Dublin’s ABC 94FM have changed their RDS to “94.3 MHZ”.

Meanwhile, Phantom FM’s RDS is off at the moment. Phantom broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz.

Factory of Sound

Sound Factory 106.8 are on air in Dublin broadcasting a multi-cultural mix of programming from Griffith College under a temporary licence. The station is operated by the Red Bull Music Academy and the broadcasts will end next Sunday.

Mad return

Mad Radio – off air since mid-June – are planning to return to air but without their planned upgrade for the moment. Supplier problems have delayed their return and they plan to broadcast using their previous set-up until new equipment arrives.

Mad FM broadcast to Dublin city centre on 93.2MHz.

Chris Disappeared Again

ChrisCary.com’s contents have disappeared to be replaced by the message “This site is currently under construction…July 2000”. Last week a message appeared stating that Chris was no longer at The Verne (prison where he was serving his sentence) with no clue given as to his whereabouts. Whilst serving his time he was learning website design. Interesting conclusions could be drawn from the latest change to the website!

Hot Problems

In Dublin Hot Radio’s 88.1 transmitter has been off air since yesterday with problems and they hope to have normal service restored by this evening.

Spin Face Further Storm Delays

Spin FM – the newly licensed youth service for Dublin – face further launch delays after unsuccessful licence applicant John Reynolds of the Storm FM consortium appealed the recent court decision that there was no bias on the part of the IRTC in awarding the license to Spin FM. The case now must go back to the Supreme Court for a full appeal hearing which will not take place until next Autumn at the earliest.

Caroline Cleaning Up

Radio Caroline Dublin will be placing a blank mono carrier on 102.5MHz today and are planning on purchasing an optimod which will clean up their audio problems before full programming is resumed.

K.I.C. Shift

K.I.C. FM plan to shift frequency to 104.1MHz with reduced power to avoid problems when Spin FM come on air – unless a new frequency becomes available.

Essential Pulse

Pulse 103FM, referred to by many as “The Pirate of the Nineties”, closed down one year ago today hoping for a successful licence application which they didn’t achieve. Essential Galaxy 94FM will be rerunning the final hour of Pulse FM at 6pm this evening!

Fantasy Land

Fantasy FM is the name of the station planned for 106.9FM in Dublin. Their playlist will consist of dance – both club and commercial – and R’n’B.

Broadcasts on 106.9MHz are of a temporary nature until a more permanent frequency becomes available.

There will be a launch date set soon (possibly mid-August) and a website is currently under development.

The station are requesting reception reports at fantasyfm@ireland.com.

Power Off Delays Hot’s Turn On

In Dublin, Hot Radio’s live launch was hit by a power-cut on their mountain site this evening. All set to launch at 7pm, power went just after 6.30 also putting Freedom FM off-air. Power returned at about 7.45 but ABC 94FM were on Freedom’s 92FM frequency (as well as their usual 94.3MHz), however Freedom returned at 7.55pm. Meanwhile Hot Radio were carrying RDS and a test-tone on both of their frequencies.

Live programming on Hot Radio finally got under way with a countdown at 8pm. Power is slightly reduced and it will be a while before normality returns. Hot Radio are now broadcasting live programming to Dublin on 99.4MHz and 88.1MHz.

Daytime Hits

Hits 106 will be starting live day-time programming over the next few weeks. At present broadcasts are automated until 6pm. Hits 106 can be located on 106.1MHz in Dublin.

Boredom setting in?

106.9FM in Dublin is once again carrying continuous dance music with no idents and no test transmission announcements. Is there anybody out there not bored by this yet?

Jam Sags

Jam FM were not testing at the weekend due to unforeseen circumstances. They plan to be on air this weekend on 97.8MHz and 91.0MHz as well as shortwave frequency 6490kHz.
Email for feedback: studio@jamfm.com.

Caroline Making Adjustments

Radio Caroline Dublin are hoping to be back on air soon aided by some technical adjustments and the purchase of new equipment which will hopefully cure the problems which led to the request for them to stop broadcasting.

Bossa Nova Online

Chris Cary, a man who revolutionised the Irish radio scene, at last has a tribute site on the world wide web. chriscary.com is the brainchild of Sybil Fennell, the voice of Nova news!

87.6 Improved

In Dublin, 87.6FM’s vastly improved signal is today home to Gold FM to allow some technical upgrading. Beat FM will return tomorrow and from next week Gold FM will broadcast on Sunday as normal.

New Sundays on ABC

ABC 94FM are introducing a new Sunday schedule. These are the details Radiowaves News has to hand:
9am Ballads and Irish (coming soon)
11am Golden Gold Sunday (’60s music – starts tomorrow)
2pm Golden Gold Sunday 2 (’70s and ’80s music – starts tomorrow)
6pm Non-stop hits (’90s and current music – starts tomorrow)
9pm The Classical Hour (coming soon)
10pm Brother Stairs Overcomer Ministry
11pm Love Songs (starts tomorrow)

Push over the Atlantic

Atlantic 252’s managing-director John O’Hara has been given the green light by parent company CLT-UFA to kick-start a £1 million marketing push to restore the youth-oriented station to its former glory. Atlantic’s website is due to launch on October 1st and they hope to have re-established themselves in the “hearts and minds” of their 15-34 year old audience by then. 

Dance Loop on 106.9 in Dublin

106.9FM in Dublin is presently home to a continuous loop of background dance music with a voiceover stating that “You are listening to a test transmission on 106.9FM. Stay tuned for more details on Dublin’s newest dance music radio station.”

Postings to message boards state that this station will be calling itself X-Cell 107FM and will launch at 1.07pm on Sunday…mirroring Lite 102FM’s frequency – time coordinated launch of a few weeks ago.

You can listen to the announcement here

Clip thanks to Anto

Caroline Ordered to Cease

Radio Caroline Dublin has ceased transmissions on 102.5MHz. The ODTR rang the station yesterday evening with a request for them to stop broadcasting because of complaints of interference to licensed newcomer Lite FM on 102.2MHz, who threatened to go through the courts to get Caroline off the air.

Jam to Return to Dublin

Jam FM plan a return to the airwaves this weekend with tests on both 91.0MHz & 97.8MHz. They have been off air due to complaints concerning interference to CKR FM on 97.6MHz despite only using a 20 watt transmitter which they plan to use on a lower site hoping to avoid the same problems. The station will also be running tests on shortwave using the frequency 6490khz and are requesting feedback at studio@jamfm.com.