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Gem FM


Gem Radio was an automated pirate station with an alternative slant. Ran by Simon Maher – who was also the founder of Phantom FM – it started as a frequency holding service for Phantom but very soon developed into a very listenable station in its own right.

It launched on 88.1MHz FM with test transmissions on Christmas Eve 2000.

The station had been off the air at the time of the Black Tuesday raids to accommodate a temporary licensed station who were using the 96.0MHz frequency. On their tentative return in June 2003 they switched back on at weekends only, gradually adding weekday evenings before returning to 24/7 broadcasts in August.

In February 2004 it moved from 96.0MHz to 97.8MHz where it stayed until it, along with every other Dublin pirate, went off the air in July 2004 in fear of being raided.

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