The Zone was an automated rock music service broadcasting on 102.5MHz FM to Dublin. The station was on air at weekends only.
The following is adapted from text supplied by the Station’s Manager when they were on air…
The Zone are back on air on FM in Dublin following time off for a submission of interest in a new Dublin licence. The station also broadcast online.
The Zone are on a mission. The main purpose of the station is to promote alternative/rock music as a viable format for radio in Dublin. They aim to provide a professional-sounding service, albeit on low-power at present. The Zone seeks to complement, rather than compete with, Dublin’s two existing alternative rock stations [Phantom & XFM]. Although automated at present, once a more suitable site for transmission is found, the hope is to eventually introduce some live programming…although the whole concept is few words, more music.
The station first appeared – on test – as Star FM during March 2001. The 102.5MHz frequency had been vacated by Radio Caroline Dublin. A country music station by the name of Star FM was awarded a licence in a category also containing rock music stations. Not only did this lead to a necessary name-change, but a more determined effort to continue with the weekend service in order to promote the rock profile. Those behind the scenes felt that dance and country music stations had received licences as a result of a pirate presence proving the need for them.
The full weekend service really only started just before Christmas last and they are still in the process of getting the service right.
“As for any listeners, well your guess is as good as ours. All we can hope is that those who do listen enjoy the service as much as we enjoy preparing it.”