In Dublin, the stolen 99.1 transmitter has been recovered. The equipment, which is the property of Glenn Kelly who recently pulled out of ESG and offered the use of the transmitter to Hot Radio, was stolen from Kiltipper Hill on Sunday at 4pm.
Yesterday morning’s broadcasts were traced to Terenure but were switched off just as apprehension was imminent. However a friend of “Tony Quinn” (real name Paul Archer from Blanchardstown) was found with the equipment later that day.
Hot Radio are requesting any information on Paul Archer and can be contacted by email at email@example.com
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!
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.
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.
Energy FM is the name of ‘The New 94’. The station – previously ESG FM – relaunched this morning with RDS reading ENERGY. The website is up and running but there is no telephone number yet and the live stream is coming soon.
Comment: It seemed like an age arriving and the new name surprised nobody but it should all be worthwhile. The best of luck to all at ‘The New 94’.
Tyrone Community Radio are defiantly back on air despite a recent ComReg raid in which some of their equipment was taken from their location in Ballylast, in east Donegal. TCR have been broadcasting to the area for a decade but were closed down a couple of weeks ago by members of ComReg, who were accompanied by the Gardai. However, the country & western music station returned just days later. ComReg have indicated that they intend to prosecute the station’s owners.
At midnight last night / this morning Easy Radio presenter Paul Wilson joined the rest of the nation and put his head down for some shuteye. What made Paul’s situation different was that he hadn’t slept in at least 48 hours.
At midnight on Friday night, Paul pledged to continue broadcasting live across Dublin on 105.2MHz, and to the world on easyradio.ie, for 48 hours in order to raise funds for Temple Street Childrens’ Hospital in Dublin’s city centre.
The target wasn’t an ‘Easy’ one, he hoped to raise at least €1,000. Donations were understandably a little slow during the first night but as the day began and the rest of the nation rose from sleep, the station’s listeners started rallying to the cause.
According to a spokesperson for the long-running Dublin pirate station: “It was just as Paul’s voice started to get sore and he had finished his 50th cup of coffee, that the target was reached – at 4.30pm on Sunday afternoon.”
Paul stayed on air for the remainder of the evening and by the deadline on Sunday the donation amount had reached €1,120 euro.
“Overwhelming,” was the word Paul used. It was probably all he could manage to say at the time!
This morning the station were inundated with messages of support and people still looking to donate – the link button will remain active at the link below until Friday to facilitate this.
Easy Radio have been broadcasting easy listening music and love songs to Dublin since 2001.