Phoenix aims to rise from the ashes was a headline from The Evening Herald dated February 9th 1989.
Pirates dancing around the dial was a headline from The Evening Herald dated February 24th 1996
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.
Radio licences are in hot demand was a headline from The Irish Examiner dated July 23rd 1999.
Dancing on air to good vibrations
Phantom FM’s planned maintenance work has now commenced meaning there may be disruptions to their signal. The Dublin Indie music station are hoping to be back to a normal schedule by the weekend.
Phantom FM’s automated service was off again overnight due to computer problems. Live programming resumed at 11am this morning. Phantom FM broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz.
DMR FM continue to broadcast a blank carrier on their frequency of 93.2FM. Phantom FM’s 102.9FM was also blank for a period this morning and again in the afternoon. Their 91.6FM transmissions continued as normal.
Phantom Worldwide faces a further delay as work still needs to be completed before live programming can go on air.
The ABC originated relays of Premier FM on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz are off the air this evening.
Dublin station Power FM have contacted Radiowaves News to say that the recent problems that have interrupted broadcasts on FM and the web are now behind them.
The station can be heard on 97.2MHz and at http://live.powerfm.org/asx/powerlive.asx.
In Dublin, the distortion which has affected the Premier FM relays for the past few days on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz has been cleared up.
The Premier FM relays on 87.6MHz and 94.3MHz were off air all day today in Dublin.
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.
Premier FM are off air at present installing a new link antenna as well as a new on-site aerial system in order to facilitate an increase in power. They hope to be back on Friday. Premier FM are an automated oldies service who broadcast to Dublin on 92.6MHz and are also relayed on 94.3MHz.
Phantom FM’s live internet stream will return to the station’s website from this evening, presenter Pete Reed announced on the station’s Anorak Hour programme this afternoon.
Pirate radio stations being put off the air
Radio pirates know how to play the game
Little drama as radios are switched off
On air today on 88.2MHz in Dublin were Power FM. The station was live with a contact number of 086 8614229. They went off the air at about 5.30pm, promising to be back – possibly during the week but definitely next Sunday between 1pm and 6pm. A stereo blank carrier remained on air after the closedown.
Phantom of the Airwaves
Pulse FM commenced transmissions on 94.4MHz in Dublin today with live programming and idents.
Pulse FM were off air up until 4pm today following their first outing on 94.4MHz in Dublin yesterday.
“This was to allow work on our transmitter and aerial rig to increase power,” station manager Stephen Redmond told Radiowaves News this evening.
The station can be contacted with reception reports etc at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 086 3181282.
North-east Dublin community station Near FM were on a blank carrier for a period this morning.
Dublin’s newest dance station, Pulse 94FM, have been off air again since last night. Speaking to Radiowaves News station manager Stephen Redmond explained: “Due to high winds taking our mast down, our transistor blew during the night. We hope to be back on air sometime during the week.”
Part-time Dublin station Power FM appeared on 106.0MHz tonight with live programming and playing dance music.
Power FM are on air in Dublin again tonight, this time on 106.1MHz. This follows an appearance on 106.0MHz on Monday night.
Steve Conway’s unique breakfast programme will be broadcast for the final time tomorrow morning. Increased work commitments have forced Steve to give up his early-morning show which has been on-air since November 2000 and proved very popular with listeners to Dublin’s rock station, Phantom FM. He is moving to a new Friday evening slot from the 1st of March and will also fill in occasionally for other presenters at the station.
Speaking to Radiowaves News this afternoon, Steve said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed presenting the morning show on Phantom and regret that I will no longer be available in the mornings. The audience that we were attracting during that timeslot took us all by surprise, and I have to say that they were one of the most friendly and communicative groups of listeners I have ever encountered.” Steve also had appreciative words for those behind the scenes at the station: “A lot of the credit for the success of the show has to go to the station management and support staff – it was a real pleasure to work with such a motivated and organized team, and to be in an environment where the conditions and resources available to broadcasters improved steadily over time. I look forward to continuing to work with them in my new slot.”
He finished by saying that he will always have very fond memories of his time on the morning show at Phantom…”particularly the listeners who were more like one huge happy family than just an audience.”
Phantom FM’s 91.6FM transmitter has been stolen. According to Pete Reed, the station’s general manager, thieves broke into the station’s transmitter site at 6.30pm last night and stole the transmitter and UHF link receiver.
“Damage was also caused to the entrance of the building the transmitter was located in,” Pete says.
Phantom FM continues as normal on 88.1FM from the west side of Dublin.
Pete advises that listeners in many other places should be able to tune into this frequency even outside of its normal coverage area.
“Obviously we hope to get 91.6FM back on air as quickly as we can but this is dependent on sourcing of equipment and damage repair. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused by this event,” he says.
The theft at ‘Phantom Towers’ is the latest in a spate of thefts which has affected a number of stations not only in Dublin but also around the country. All radio operators, especially pirate stations and small legal stations are advised to be on their guard.
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.
A well-known and popular broadcaster who presented on many of Dublin’s 1980s unlicensed stations will be doing his first Irish-based live show since 1988 this coming Wednesday. David Baker, who now works on UK radio, will be appearing on oldies station Premier FM from 12.30pm. The station usually broadcasts automated programming on 92.6MHz.
Phantom FM has expressed surprise at the last minute decision by Scrollside Ltd (Zed FM) to appeal the High Court’s decision to uphold the BCI’s award of the alternative rock licence for Dublin to them. On November 1st last, Justice O’Sullivan dismissed the four core issues raised by Scrollside Ltd and in a subsequent sitting he ruled that Scrollside Ltd was liable for all costs. This judgment was perfected on November 7th with a standard 21 day period applicable for an optional appeal to the Supreme Court. Scrollside confirmed on Monday – the last day open to them – that they would be appealing the judicial review.
Ger Roe, Phantom FM’s CEO, said: “We are both disappointed and puzzled by this last minute appeal to the Supreme Court. It is our view that the judgment was very clear and straightforward and we cannot see what grounds there would be for such an appeal.”
The Supreme Court appeal, if it proceeds, will cause severe disruption to Phantom FM’s revised launch plans including the recruitment of up to 30 full- and part-time staff planned for the New Year. Ger, whilst acknowledging that the appeal is a matter between Scrollside and the BCI, promises that Phantom will be “investigating all options that may be open to us”.
Phantom will await confirmation of the grounds for appeal to the Supreme Court before deciding if the planned launch date of Spring 2006 needs to be reviewed.
Dublin dance music station Pulse FM have changed frequency. The station have shifted from 94.1MHz FM to 94.6MHz FM to ensure that they do not cause interference to upcoming temporarily-licenced college stations on 94.3MHz FM.
Judgment has been reserved in Zed FM’s Supreme Court appeal against the High Court’s decision to uphold the BCI award of the Dublin alternative rock music licence to Phantom FM.
Justice Susan Denham presided over the three-judge court yesterday and she heard a number of objections to the licence award. The main argument centres on a perceived advantage to Phantom FM thanks to their past as an unlicensed broadcaster. In November the High Court dismissed this argument maintaining that it was a matter for the BCI to decide what benefits, if any, would influence their decision. However, Zed FM, backed by main investors Bob Geldof and Niall Stokes, claim that Phantom “bullied” the BCI into making a decision in their favour by continually flouting the law by broadcasting illegally until they were eventually awarded the licence.
The licence was granted in November 2004 but a series of Zed FM challenges against the BCI have forced Phantom to delay their launch.
Premier FM have now been allocated a frequency on which to broadcast into Limerick. The temporarily-licensed multi-city oldies station will, barring any last-minute hitches, be available in the city made famous by the song “Limerick, You’re a Lady” from this weekend on 99.9MHz FM. They were due to be on air there from last weekend but their broadcast site proved unsuitable for use. This made it impossible to launch until a new site was found.
“We are really looking forward to broadcasting into Limerick,” said Paul Shepherd, Premier FM’s Operations Director, speaking to Radiowaves News today. “The response from Cork and Galway has been truly amazing – way, way beyond all our expectations.”
Answering criticisms that the station came across as being very Dublin-focused on air, Paul says that there will be some new jingles rolling out as soon as they are available in all four cities.
“We were also ready to run some opt-out programmes expecially for each city,” Paul says. However the BCI preferred that the station focused on getting a signal into each city and gauging the reaction. “In retrospect that was a good thing,” Paul admits.
Premier FM have been licensed to broadcast at weekends until mid-June and are already available in Dublin on 92.1MHz FM, Cork on 106.7MHz FM and Galway on 104.9MHz FM.
Zed FM’s Supreme Court appeal against the BCI’s awarding of an alternative rock licence for Dublin to Phantom FM was dismissed this morning. Phantom have welcomed the decision and will now recommence licence contract negotiations with the BCI and a new launch date will be announced shortly.
The licence was awarded in November 2004 but, in March 2005, a judicial review was sought by one of the unsuccessful applicants, Scrollside Ltd (Zed FM). The case was heard in the High Court last October and the subsequent ruling, in favour of the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, was then appealed to the Supreme Court. Although Phantom FM was not directly involved in the proceedings it was forced to suspend its launch plans pending the outcome of the lengthy appeal process.
“We are delighted that this issue is now finally closed,” said Ger Roe, Phantom FM’s CEO. “We are currently reviewing our situation and are planning to have the station on air as soon as practically possible, hopefully by late Summer.”
Phantom FM will provide an Alternative Rock and Irish music service aimed at 15-34 year olds and anyone else with an interest in Alternative Rock in the Dublin City and County area. The station will, as part of its remit, promote new and unsigned Irish and international artists as well as providing opportunities for new broadcasting talent.
According to a statement from the station: “Phantom FM will build on the solid foundation and reputation that it has developed to date and will provide diversity through the provision of quality Alternative Rock music and speech-based programming.”
Phantom FM’s launch plans were at an advanced stage when Scrollside Ltd sought leave to seek a judicial review, over three months after the original licence decision was made. The station had just begun a recruitment drive and was negotiating key contracts including premises, sales representation and transmission, in addition to the licence contract.
“The delay caused by the appeal process was very frustrating, but we have a radio station to launch and we are now moving ahead with it,” says Ger Roe. “We are looking forward to providing Dubliners with a new, and very different radio station.”
The station has been overwhelmed by the goodwill and support received from both the radio and music industries and Roe thanked the Phantom FM shareholders and board for backing the project throughout the lengthy delay.
The Anorak Hour, Phantom 105.2’s seminal media industry programme, is no more. Or is no more on FM at least. The final FM episode of the long-running programme was broadcast this morning, along with an announcement from presenter Ger Roe that this would be the last in its present format. There are future plans to make it a monthly podcast feature, but it has been a feature, in one shape or another, on Dublin’s airwaves for three decades now.
Ger acknowledged this morning that the timing of the announcement may lead some to believe it is an elaborate hoax, but he confirmed that there was no intention of making April Fools out of the station’s listeners.
The decision to pull the programme is one which Ger has agonised over for months. His management duties at the now-licensed Indie rock music station have left little time to give ‘The Anorak Hour’ the attention it deserves.
Power FM, the online specialist music station, will return to Dublin’s FM band this weekend. Power, who formerly broadcast without a licence, will be back on for ten weekends under a temporary licence from the BCI until June 14th.
Now celebrating sixteen years in existence, Power FM will be available in the Dublin and Greater Dublin area on 99.5MHz from Friday and will broadcast on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until mid-June. The station officially goes live at midnight on Thursday evening.
Power FM continued live broadcasting online at powerfm.org following its FM closedown. It is available seven days a week from its studios in Glasnevin and currently has a roster of 40 voluntary djs. In addition Power FM regularly hosts live broadcasts from venues, clubs and cultural institutions around Dublin city.
Delighted that the station can showcase themselves on FM, station founder Brian Chamberlain says: “Musically, Power FM has always played new and other music that tends to be overlooked – no matter what the decade – handpicked by DJs whose commercial concerns were more aligned to having enough money for the bus fare home after their show. It’s always been about a passion for discovering music, be it soul, jazz, funk or vocal house music from the heart of New York’s latin neighbourhoods, to new electronic and improvised music produced in a basement under the Liffey all joined by the hearts and minds of their counterparts around the world – from Rio to Detroit, Cork to Tokyo. The station has always been about keeping an eye on the future with lots of respectful nods to the past.”
The station’s first full day of broadcasting on Good Friday will include ‘Decks & The City’ with Claire Roche (formerly Scooter Girl of City Channel); The Golden Maverick, aka Matt Vinyl, on lunchtime, and Michael Black of Stereotonic on Friday drivetime.
Power FM will also be broadcasting live from the All City Dublin Jam this Easter Saturday afternoon at The Tivoli Theatre in Francis St in Dublin. In addition, DJ Laz-e will also be broadcasting highlights from the event the following day Easter Sunday from 6pm.
Everyone involved in the station’s current seven day live online schedule will be taking to the Dublin airwaves, along with some very special guests and collaborators in both music and the wider digital and visual arts.
Power FM’s existing Monday to Thursday schedule will also continue to run online at powerfm.org throughout the weeks of the FM broadcast.
Power FM originally began broadcasting in the back garden of a semi-detached house in Palmerstown, Dublin in 1993. Having moved premises to Dublin city centre in 1998, the station was always a port of call for international artists visiting Dublin.
Power FM have won a number of Awards over the years, including ‘Best Radio Station’ at the Smirnoff Dance Club Awards, but was always seeking to expand its own music programming remit and made the decision to concentrate on developing the possibilities offered by digital broadcasting in 2003.
Phantom 105.2 has announced that it is now streaming live on Blackberry mobile devices via the Nobex radio Companion application. Users can download the free application and stream the station live to their device. This new departure means that the Phantom is now available on the three major smartphone brands – Nokia, Blackberry (RIM) and Apple. Late last year Phantom launched its own iPhone application that has achieved Top 10 status in the iTunes App store.
“Mobile devices offer a new and exciting means to access radio and Phantom is leading the field in terms of availability,” said Brian Daly, Phantom’s marketing manager. “It offers us an opportunity to offer enhanced services for our listeners and advertisers including track information, brand information and additional text and multimedia services. It emphasises that radio is adapting perfectly to digital and is still the ultimate portable medium.”
Phantom 105.2 is also available on 105.2MHz FM in Dublin, UPC channel 935 and online at phantom.ie
In the latest RAJAR listenership figures release Belfast radio station Citybeat, quarter on quarter, is the only commercial station within its coverage area to have increased in both average hours and Market Share.
The figures show Citybeat’s year on year average listening hours have increased by 3.2 to 9.2 giving an additional total listening increase of 383,000 total hours.
Citybeat has also seen significant growth in its market share over the same period with an increase of 3.4% taking it to an overall share of 11.2%.
Citybeat’s Managing Director Dorothy Nixon said: “We would like to thank all our 128,000 weekly listeners who are clearly enjoying our personality led line-up, music variety, great chat and local news. It is evident from the latest figures that our listeners like what they hear and are consequently listening for longer enjoying what Citybeat has to offer.”
U105 has recorded another rise in their weekly reach, to 136,000 listeners, according to the latest industry ratings just released. The number tuning in to U105.8FM has grown by 28,000 listeners (26%) compared to the same period last year.
Peter McVerry, U105’s Station Manager, said: “We’re delighted with our growth across the past 12 months with more and more people enjoying our superb mix of music, news and chat. After just over four years on air, we’ve gone from being a new entrant in the market to being a major player on the Northern Ireland radio scene. Our fantastic line-up including Maurice Jay, Frank Mitchell, Carolyn Stewart, George Jones and Jerry Lang produce an eclectic mix of music and talk every day with Frank’s phone-in show from 9 to 12 every weekday morning proving particularly popular. We have exciting plans for further growth for the station this year including some major promotions that build on our success to date. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our listeners, advertisers and the team here at U105 for their support.”
U105 broadcasts to the Greater Belfast area, including Lisburn, Antrim, Bangor, Dungannon, Banbridge and Carrickfergus.
A new station aimed at celebrating gay culture and diversity will launch in Dublin in June. Running from the 17th until the 27th, Open FM will broadcast across the greater Dublin area.
Open FM will be Ireland’s first radio station to solely focus on gay issues. It will highlight the gay cultures of Dublin in an effort to educate, entertain and inform its listeners – opening peoples minds to things they may fear or just don’t understand.
The station will include a variety of programmes that will showcase the different tastes and interests of Dublin’s LGBTQ community. Leading up to, and during, the Dublin Pride week Open FM will run features from the many events happening across Dublin and provide a guide to what’s on. On the day of the Dublin Pride Parade the station will dedicate its broadcast to the event. With on-location live coverage throughout the parade which will culminate at the post-parade show.
Liam Cahill, Deputy Head of OpenFM, said: “Open FM aims to provide the LGBTQ community, and beyond, with a station that isn’t afraid to counter perceptions about what gay people may be like. I firmly believe Open FM will rattle the airwaves and give people something they haven’t heard anywhere else.”
Open FM is an independent, not-for-profit, organisation. Established by Liam Cahill, Sam Lyons and Emma Carroll out of a passion for both radio and a sense of equality, it is overseen by an independent board of nine who have a variety of experience work in media, public relations and alongside young people. Open FM will also work with charities in Dublin in an effort to help raise their awareness and hopefully gather funds.
The station will provide a range of programmes, from music, to talk, to current affairs.
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