Independent Radio and Television Commission was a headline from The Cork Examiner dated February 23rd 1989.
The power players was a headline from The Evening Herald dated February 23rd 1989.
Pirates will have to walk the plank was a headline from The Cork Examiner dated February 17th 1997
Timeline: Dismissed radio presenter seeks court injunction was a headline from The Irish Examiner dated July 12th 1997
Timeline: Radio DJ in court challenge to block sacking was a headline in the Irish Independent dated July 19th 1987
Timeline: Station didn’t tell me about election ban, says sacked radio presenter was a headline in the Irish Examiner dated July 19th 1987
Pirates still loose on the airwaves was a headline from The Evening Herald dated February 5th 1999.
FM104 have released details of their version of the successful UK television show ‘Big Brother’. It is entitled “Big Rover” and the prize will be a Rover 25 which will be parked off Grafton St in Dublin’s city centre from October 31st. The four contestants will be expected to live inside with a ten minute break every two hours. The person who manages to stay in the car the longest gets to drive it away. The car will be constantly monitored by microphones with regular updates on air and the public are also invited to drop by to take a look. Qualifiers will be chosen from next Monday. FM104 can be found on 104.4MHz in Dublin city and surrounding counties.
Chris Barry has revealed that one of the reasons he left FM104 was because the atmosphere at the station was extremely homophobic. In an interview with Hot Press magazine, Chris – born Ciaran Gaffney – admitted publicly for the first time that he is gay and has been living with his partner Kevin for the last eight years. Speaking of the atmosphere at FM104, Chris says, “You’d walk into a room and they’d be talking about the ‘little faggot’ on at night.” There were also disturbing messages left on his answering machine. He left FM104 in a blaze of publicity and a very public falling out with his employers before joining 98FM.
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.
Radio pirates know how to play the game
Future FM have relocated on the Dublin FM band to 93.7MHz. The dance music station have been available on 103.7MHz – a frequency which is too close to soon-to-launch legal station Spin FM’s 103.8MHz.
Dublin chart music station Freedom 92FM announced today that they were to close. The shock announcement was made on this afternoon’s Mike O’Brien show and the station were flooded with phone-calls, texts and emails from distraught listeners.
“Some of the listeners were in tears,” Mike told Radiowaves News. It was later admitted that it was an April Fool’s Day hoax.
Low-powered dance station Fusion FM from Dún Laoghaire, were off air last night, but returned with an increase of power today on 95.5MHz.
A dead carrier is active on 105.7MHz. This frequency has been home to a few bitter disputes recently.
Underground dance station Future FM, who broadcast on 93.8MHz, were on a blank carrier for a long period this morning.
Power FM, who broadcast on 97.8MHz, were on a blank carrier for a long period this morning.
Dublin station Freedom FM have been off the air since 8.15 this evening as a result of a power failure after an ESB transformer blew up. They hope to be back on air as soon as possible on 92.0MHz.
Future FM are broadcasting a blank carrier this evening.
The JNLR committee have advised Dublin’s radio stations to suspend scheduling decisions based on the recently released 2002 listenership figures. This follows a query made by FM104, who claim that some of their night-time figures look “a bit odd”. The MRBI, who conduct the research on behalf of JNLR, have been asked to investigate certain aspects of the figures and this is expected to be complete by Monday week.
FM104 will be starting what they’re calling the ‘biggest ever radio game’ next Monday at 8am, during the Strawberry Alarm Clock. They are keeping details close to their chest, but they will have to do well to top 98FM’s ‘Fugitive’ promotion, which finished (until later in the year) on St Patrick’s weekend.
More details of FM104’s ‘Biggest Ever Radio Game’ have been revealed. The Dublin station are now running promos saying that €1m will be up for grabs, with cash prizes to be won every day. The game will launch on Monday morning.
Not to be outdone, rival station 98FM – who recently ran the very successful “Find The Fugitive” competition – will also be launching their own “Million Euro game” this coming Monday. The idea is to confuse FM104 listeners, and to hold on to the initiative gained following the ‘Fugitive’ promo. Full details will be revealed on 98FM on Monday.
The battle to attract, and keep, listeners in the Dublin area is a tough one. 98FM were the top station in the last JNLR, and their lead over second-placed FM104 is very likely to have increased into the next six month JNLR period following the hugely successful “Find the Fugitive” promotion, in which listeners (with the help of clues given out on air) searched the streets of Dublin for a ‘runaway’ willing to hand over huge cash bounties to his assailants. Up against the ‘Million Euro game’, along with the ‘Foxy Jock’ competition – which is also presently running on 98FM – FM104 will need instant success with their new promotion.
An agreement has been finalised to sell Dublin station FM104 to Scottish Radio Holdings for a figure of around €30m. It is expected to be discussed by the BCI this week. However, only last year the Commission prevented UTV from buying FM104 due to an imposed two year moratorium following the award, or renewal, of a station’s licence – and FM104’s two years have yet to elapse following the recent local radio licensing renewals. Scottish Radio Holdings already own national station Today FM.
A great radio Gibbs-away
FM104’s Dermot Hanrahan is to step down from his position as CEO when the station’s sale to Scottish Radio Holdings is completed. However he will remain as director of Capital Radio, FM104’s parent company. Hanrahan intends to pursue other business interests.
Keith turns down juicy offer
Home up for grabs
Freedom FM are to make a return to Dublin’s FM band from September 18th. The former pirate station, who returned as an online outfit last year, will broadcast for thirty days consecutively under a temporary licence granted by the BAI. It will also be available in Cork, Limerick and Galway.
Freedom FM first appeared in March 1995, broadcasting from a garden shed in Templeogue. It ran until the infamous Black Tuesday raids of May 2003.
The majority of the old familiar names will be involved with the new Freedom FM, which will broadcast on 105.2MHz in Dublin and on different frequencies in the other broadcast areas.
Visit the new Freedom website here.
Revisit the old 00s website in our Museum by tapping here.
The Freedom FM database page at Radiowaves.fm is here.
And you can listen back to how the station used to sound by tapping here.