RTÉ ‘pulls plug’ on pirates was a newspaper headline from The Evening Herald dated February 11th 1987
Who will you be tuning in to? was a newspaper headline from The Irish Independent dated February 17th 1988
System FM will be leaving the airwaves this Saturday due to difficulties within the station, according to station manager Ben Murray.
Taking its place will be Eclipse FM, broadcasting from Clontarf using a 150w transmitter.
They claim to have “Dublin’s hottest dance mix” and can be contacted for more information at email@example.com.
They also have a website.
Xtreme FM have said that they are not in any way involved with Energy Radio which, according to Ben Murray of System FM, was due to launch last Sunday.
He has claimed that this station would offer nationwide coverage on Medium Wave and that it was to be a co-station project between Xtreme FM and Eclipse FM! With claims like these maybe Ben should think of politics as a career move?
Radiowaves has received no response from emails to Energy Radio or Ben Murray requesting further information.
Rob G, the presenter of Energy 94’s afternoon show, is joining FM104 to present the Eye Opener slot between 5am and 7am daily.
Rob, who has also worked with now-defunct Bray pirate Passion FM, will make his first appearance on FM104 on Tuesday 16th April – his farewell show on Energy will air next Wednesday.
The Eye Opener will feature snippets from the previous day’s Strawberry Alarm Clock – the station’s Breakfast Show which will follow The Eye Opener each morning.
FM104 broadcasts across Dublin City and County on 104.4MHz.
Top Dublin dance station Energy 94FM have announced that they will cease broadcasting on Saturday 16th February. Closedown is scheduled for 7pm. This comes as a result of ODTR pressure and an indication that this will will continue, leading to court action. The station broadcast on 94.1MHz.
Energy 94FM will be available live online for their final day of broadcasting. The Dublin dance station are closing this Saturday and will be available live at their website from late on Friday night.
Dublin dance station Energy 94FM is closing down – again. The station, which was bought and relaunched by Frank Kennedy following last February’s closedown, has failed to reach the heights experienced under its previous owners and is now calling it a day. Energy’s final live link was at 7pm this evening.
Photo: Energy 94 studio courtesy of Mel Byrne
A new R’n’B station is about to launch on 99.1MHz in Dublin. Vibe FM will be live in the next few days and will feature presenters from now-defunct Energy 94FM. Promos for the new station are running on 99.1MHz. These have replaced the automated station Club FM.
Easy 105FM, who were battling to be heard on 105.7MHz, are off the air.
It will come as no surprise to many that Pulse FM are presently off the air on 105.7FM.
Broadcasting on the same frequency, Easy 105FM – who according to ‘Paul’ from Pulse FM are a figment of people’s imaginations, made up solely to stir some brown stuff – went off the air at the weekend.
Dublin’s FM band was totally clear of unlicensed activity today for the first time since last year’s May ‘Black Tuesday’ raids. Every Dublin-based pirate station was off the air, the vast majority for precautionary reasons.
The unlicensed community have been fearing the worst for the past couple of weeks, and most stations decided not to take the chance of having their equipment confiscated.
ComReg visited some mountain sites today, but it is thought that this was simply to warn landowners of the possible threat of court action for allowing unlicensed broadcasts to originate from their property. However, they have been seen taking photographs of station’s sites in the recent past – usually a precursor to obtaining court warrants in order to enter the property – and this has sent panic through the radio community.
Dance music station Club FM were the last pirate broadcaster on air today. They stopped transmissions at just after 1pm this afternoon. At this stage, every other station had already turned off.
Rhythm FM, who broadcast on 105.7MHz FM, switched off their transmitter last night, as did those behind the carrier on 88.1MHz FM. Other stations had already switched off in the past few days, and those that were left turned off their equipment this morning.
Amongst the stations off the air are: UCB relay on 87.6MHz FM; Jazz FM (90.3MHz); Sugar FM (91.0MHz); the unidentified station on 91.6MHz FM; Ministry FM (93.2MHz); Hot FM (94.1MHz); Nova 947; Gem Radio (97.8MHz); The Vibe (99.4MHz); & Sun FM (101.3MHz).
Today, the only pirate station audible around Dublin city was Passion FM, beaming in on 91.6MHz FM from Kildare. However, by this evening, the usual batch of low-powered stations were back on the air from various locations around the city. Included were: Galaxy 105.3, who have been running live programming tonight; Energy, running automated dance music on 107.6MHz FM; and XFM, the long-term alternative music station who were broadcasting on their usual 107.9MHz.
ComReg have been very active in other parts of the country recently. However, Dublin’s pirates have been relatively free from Comreg interference since the massive attacks of May 20th last year – commonly referred to as ‘Black Tuesday’. Many feel that ComReg are preparing to strike again whilst the memory of last year’s actions are still fresh in the minds.
The latest independent audience figures (RAJAR) released today show that an extra 17,000 listeners are tuning in every week to the Belfast-based Citybeat 96.7FM. This gives Citybeat the largest increase in audience of any local station within its transmission area. Overall 135,000 listeners are now tuning into the station each week.
Commenting on the figures, the Station Director Richard Collett said: “We are delighted that so many new listeners are now enjoying Citybeat. We believe in providing the music people want coupled with the news they need – all delivered by great presenters. It is particularly pleasing for us to see such substantial growth in our audience at a time when the Northern Ireland radio market has undergone significant changes with the launch of high profile competition. We believe these figures are also great news for all our advertisers, giving them an even greater platform to reach their customers.”
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.”
The long-running Dublin station Easy Radio has been awarded a temporary licence by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Their broadcasts will commence on Saturday, April 3rd and will run for fifteen weekends on 88.1MHz FM to the greater Dublin Area. They will release more details over the next few days.
Easy Radio plays an easy-listening mix of music and have been on air in Dublin for nearly two decades. This will be their first licensed run.