Pirate radio robbery was a newspaper headline from The Evening Herald dated February 7th 1984
DMR FM are being jammed by an operator in Swords who is relaying BBC Radio 1, a spokesperson for the station claimed this evening. They believe that the person responsible for the jamming has a grudge against them. DMR, who broadcast to Dublin on 97.8MHz, were on a blank carrier for much of this morning.
DIT FM – operating with a temporary licence from the DIT college in Aungier St – are now broadcasting on 106.8MHz in Dublin. They will be on air until Friday.
Both Power FM (97.2MHz) and Kiss FM (105.8MHz) were off air for long periods today. They both returned this evening.
Sun FM (101.3MHz) were on a blank carrier for a short period this afternoon.
DMR FM have returned to 97.8MHz with live programming this evening.
DMR FM – on 97.8MHz – were off air again today.
WXTC – on 91.6MHz – were on a blank carrier for part of this morning.
Heard playing rock music on and off in some parts of the city over the past couple of weeks have been Star FM on 102.5MHz. They are also airing their own jingle package.
A caller who rang Lite FM’s ‘Dublin Today’ programme to complain about the unavailability of today’s England v Ireland rugby match on free-to-air television got the surprise of his life when Mike Moloney, a dj at the station, offered to let him come around to his house to watch the game.
‘Dublin Today’ presenter Scott Williams broke the news to the stunned 67-year-old retired carpenter after he told listeners that he had no friends with access to Sky television.
Dublin Music, a low-powered station broadcasting from Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, on 89.3MHz, has been asked to close by ComReg. The station had been broadcasting with a power output of 30 Watts.
Dublin Music had previously broadcasted on 90.3MHz, but moved to 89.3FM at the start of last month.
Lite FM have confirmed that their target audience will remain the same when they change their name to Q102. In a station statement, the station’s Chief Executive Scott Williams confirmed that the name-change will take place next month, backed by a Euro1m marketing push, but that they will continue to focus on the over-35 audience.
Jason Maine is rejoining Lite FM. The popular, long-running Dublin radio presenter has been in talks with the easy-listening station whilst a court case concerning his departure from FM104 has been ongoing. He has now accepted a new position with the station that he left a number of months ago.
Two of Dublin’s top commercial stations have launched virtually identical competitions which are based on an American tv show. 98FM is looking for Dublin’s ‘Most Desperate Housewives’ whilst at the same time Q102 is seeking ‘Desperate Dublin Housewives’.
Both competitions call on housewives in the area who are desperate to do anything to win cash prizes.
Both competitions are being run by the station’s respective breakfast show teams.
And both competitions have almost identical blurbs accompanying the launch on the stations’ websites…whilst 98FM ask whether you would “walk down Grafton St in your underwear” to win thousands of euro, Q102 ask if you’re desperate enough to “walk naked down Grafton Street” for just one thousand euro. Q102 wonder whether you’d “bungee jump off a crane over the Liffey for 10 Grand?”, but 98FM ask if you’re desperate enough to “swim the Liffey in a chicken suit?”
98FM’s promotion is running for four weeks, the idea is that women will be pitted against each other in a series of challenges, and the woman desperate enough to do it for the least amount of cash – wins that amount.
Mark Sadler, aged 36, will join Dublin’s Q102 as Programme Director in April 2006. Mark is joining Q102 from MTV Networks UK & Ireland where he has been Vice President, Music, since 2002 with responsibility for devising the music policy for nine MTV, TMF and VH1 branded channels. With more than twelve years commercial radio experience, he has also enjoyed a highly-successful 10 year career with Capital Radio plc where he was appointed Regional Programme Director of South Coast Operations in 2000. He has worked as Programme Director at Capital’s Southern FM, Power FM and Ocean FM helping these stations achieve record audiences.
Ronan McManamy, Managing Director of UTV Radio Ireland said: “I am delighted that Mark is joining us in April. His extensive programming expertise will be a tremendous boost to Dublin’s Q102 which has enjoyed considerable success since its relaunch 2 years ago. Mark will have a critical role to play in building upon that success by further developing strong content to appeal to the Dublin audience.”
Scott Williams, Managing Director Q102 says: “We are delighted to welcome Mark to Dublin’s Q102. Mark is a world-class programmer with an impressive array of success to his name and I have no doubt that his programme development strategy will enable us to take Q102 to the next level.”
Mark Sadler adds: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Q102 at what is an exciting time for the station. Dublin is a hugely competitive radio market, and Q102 has been making great progress in terms of ratings. I look forward to building on the fantastic work that has been done already, and helping the station to even more success in the future.”
Q102 was previously known as Lite FM and has been on air since May 2000.
Dublin radio station Q102 has placed a high security safe filled with €20,000 cash in the window of the Dandelion Bar and Club on St Stephen’s Green and is offering one lucky listener the chance to win the lot. To be in with a chance listeners have to call the station when they hear the Dandelion security alarm go off on air. If the tenth caller can correctly name the title and artist of the last three songs played, s/he will be sent one of only 80 possible keys which will unlock the safe.
On Thursday April 12th, all those who have won their very own key to the safe will be invited to attend an invite-only Q102 listeners’ party in the Dandelion Bar and Club and each person will get to try and unlock the safe with their key.
The Dandelion Code is the latest in a series of innovative Q102 radio promotions which offers listeners the chance to win substantial amounts of money in fun and exciting ways.
The Dandelion Alarm will go off at various times between 9am and 5pm daily on ‘The Liam Coburn Show’ and ‘The Steven Cooper Show’ on Dublin’s Q102.
David Baker, who has been back on the Irish airwaves over the last few years as a swing jock at Q102 and KFM, has decided to return to the UK. He leaves Ireland this week with his family and is returning to Essex in south-east England where he will be hoping for a very swift return to broadcasting.
Speaking to Radiowaves News David (pictured below) said: “I’m sad to be going but really over the last few years there has been a severe lack of full-time opportunities here and that is the main reason behind my decision. I’d like to place on record my thanks to Q102 and KFM for the work I did get, I really enjoyed those two very different experiences; particularly at KFM where I was able to communicate with a true local Irish audience. My network is bigger in the UK so i fully expect to be back on air in the next few weeks. We gave it a good go here and I think if I hadn’t I’d have regretted it. I’ll be back for lots of weddings as that side of my work did very well but as most mobile jocks know you cannot exist on just this kind of work.”
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