New pirate radio to start soon was a newspaper headline from The Sunday Independent dated September 14th 1980
Pirate radio mast cut was a newspaper headline from the Evening Herald dated February 21st 1981
Capitol pirate radio folds up was a newspaper headline from the Irish Press dated March 23rd 1981
Easter relay for pirate TV station was a newspaper headline from the Irish Press dated April 4th 1981
Pirate sails the airwaves again was a newspaper headline from the Daily Mail dated April 8th 1981
Now Eire’s pirates of the air are moving into television was a newspaper headline from the Belfast Telegraph dated April 17th 1981
Protesters seize pirate radio station was a newspaper headline from the Irish Press dated April 23rd 1981
15 women candidates on radio was a newspaper headline from The Irish Press dated February 13th 1982
Students plan charity drive was a newspaper headline from The Evening Press dated February 22nd 1982
RTÉ puts jam on pirate TV was a newspaper headline from The Evening Press dated February 23rd 1982
Sunshine Radio appear on 101.0MHz FM in addition to 91.6MHz.
Pirates and justice was a newspaper headline from the Sunday World dated February 13th 1983
Battle on to control the money making airwaves was a newspaper headline from the Irish Independent dated March 8th 1983
RTÉ’s last ditch campaign was a newspaper headline from The Irish Independent dated January 19th 1984
RTÉ ‘pulls plug’ on pirates was a newspaper headline from The Evening Herald dated February 11th 1987
Pirate job ‘perks’ may be taxed was a headline from The Evening Herald dated July 9th 1987
Pirates Put RTÉ Radio in a Spot was a newspaper headline from The Irish Independent dated January 7th 1988
Dempsey’s den of frivolity was a newspaper headline from The Irish Press dated January 16th 1988
Who will you be tuning in to? was a newspaper headline from The Irish Independent dated February 17th 1988
Pirate station wins reprieve was a headline from The Irish Independent dated February 2nd 1989.
The power players was a headline from The Evening Herald dated February 23rd 1989.
Paddy Murray on the station that refuses to play pop pap was a headline from The Evening Herald dated February 28th 1989.
Way clear for radio switch on was a headline from The Evening Herald dated April 1st 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
Currently testing a low power signal covering South West Dublin are Space FM 107.
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.
Spin FM – the newly licensed youth service for Dublin – face further launch delays after unsuccessful licence applicant John Reynolds of the Storm FM consortium appealed the recent court decision that there was no bias on the part of the IRTC in awarding the licence to Spin FM. The case now must go back to the Supreme Court for a full appeal hearing which will not take place until next Autumn at the earliest.
Sound Factory 106.8 are on air in Dublin broadcasting a multi-cultural mix of programming from Griffith College under a temporary licence. The station is operated by the Red Bull Music Academy and the broadcasts will end next Sunday.
Sun 101FM, who broadcast ‘All 80’s, All the Time’ on 101.3MHz in Dublin, now have an email address where they can be contacted. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The appeal against the award of the youth licence to Spin FM for Dublin City and County was unanimously rejected by the Supreme Court today.
Storm FM were one of three unsuccessful applicants for the licence. They claimed that there had been an “objective bias” against one of its members on the part of IRTC member Dr Colm Kenny.
After the ruling, the IRTC said it would now meet with representatives of Spin FM to begin contract negotiations.
Storm FM’s court case and appeal against the awarding of Dublin’s youth licence to a rival bidder may cost the consortium about £160,000. A discussion on the awarding of costs will take place in court this Thursday and the IRTC will be seeking costs for both actions. Storm Fm have made no comment on the decision not to overturn the award until they study the judgement in full.
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UTV and CML may sue IRTC
Sun FM were on a blank carrier this morning. They can be heard on 101.3MHz 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.
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 mono blank carrier has appeared on 104.7MHz.
Sun 101FM were off air for a period today. The all 80s station broadcast on 101.3MHz.
Jazz FM are blank tonight on their 89.8FM frequency.
Dublin station Sun FM is off the air today as a result of transmitter problems.
Presently on test, Dublin’s Country 106.8FM will be officially launched by An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, tomorrow afternoon at 3.30pm. However, the latest licensed station for Dublin will be live from breakfast time with Stephen Keogh. The rest of the first day’s schedule has also been confirmed: 10am Gerry Wilson; 1pm Pam Wilson; 4pm Bob Conway; 8pm Bill McLoughlin and 10pm, John Ford.
Dance station finally to spin hit discs
Dublin south’s Swirl FM have moved frequency, station manager David C told Radiowaves News this evening. Following a long break from regular transmissions, the station is back and now on 97.8MHz. Swirl FM relays daytime programming from BBC Radio 1 and airs continuous Chart, Dance and R’n’B music in the evenings.
Spin FM will not be launching on February 15th, the station’s new programming chief Liam Thompson said today. Speaking to Radiowaves News, he confessed that they are still getting ready because he’s only just been appointed to the job. A new date has been agreed with the BCI for the station’s launch but he is not yet prepared to reveal it.
When asked would dance music be the only genre catered for on the station, his reply was that Spin FM will be catering for the 18-34 age group. “This means that dance music will be an important part of our set-up, but not necessarily the only genre played.”
His reaction to Energy 94FM’s announcement yesterday that they will be ceasing broadcasting is twofold. On the one hand he’ll be ‘very sorry’ to see them go because ‘they were a good station’, but obviously, on another level, he would fear the fact that they would offer ‘quality competition’ for Spin FM.
Liam also confirmed that no presenters have been signed up for the new station yet. However, they are now accepting applications via email@example.com “We need to use this address for the moment and we would prefer it if the attachments were not too bulky, just basic details required at present,” he said. “We should have a spin103.fm email address by Monday or Tuesday and a PO Box address by the end of next week. We do have some tapes from the past but they are all very dated.”
Spin FM have been plagued by problems since being awarded the licence to cater for the youth of Dublin back in 1999. When they do eventually launch from their studios based along the quays – close to the Point Theatre – they will be available on 103.8MHz across the city.
Spin 103.8 started test transmissions this morning. The new Dublin youth-oriented station are playing a mix of music with an ident announcing the tests on 103.8MHz. RDS has changed to read just ‘ SPIN ‘.
Dublin 80s station Sun FM were off the air today on their 101.3MHz frequency.
The future of a yet-to-broadcast religious radio station for Dublin is in doubt following a public row with RTÉ over transmission sites. Michael O’Carroll of Solas AM, himself a former head of radio in Montrose, received correspondence from Liam Miller of RTÉ stating that RTÉ were not in a position to offer Solas AM the use of transmission facilities at their Beaumont site. Solas AM claim that they received agreement for the use of these sites by telephone before last year’s oral hearings leading to the award of the licence to the new station. RTÉ are denying that this is the case.
Sun FM returned to air this morning on their 101.3MHz Dublin frequency. Unfortunately, the 80s station are on low power due to technical problems and this will last for a week approximately. The station have been off air for the past few days.
Dublin’s new youth-oriented station Spin 1038 went onto a blank carrier at 5.30pm this evening before returning at 6.30pm with a new test loop originating from the station’s new studios for the first time. This is designed to test the station’s optimod.
Spin 1038 broadcast to Dublin on 103.8MHz and Radiowaves News has learned that they are hoping to launch this Friday, 19th April.
Sun FM returned to Dublin’s airwaves tonight. A blank carrier reappeared on 101.3MHz at 9pm, followed by a return of non-stop music at 10pm. The station first identified as Sun 80s at 10.45pm.
Following their FM closure just two weeks ago, Sun have been inundated with pleas for their return – and tonight they obliged.
Ministry FM were broadcasting a blank carrier early today. The dance music station is now back on air on 93.2FM.
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.
Cabra’s Choice on 98.4 went off the air last night, seconds after our update in fact!
Horizon FM in Dublin were on a blank carrier for most of today but are now back on 87.6FM
I.C.E. FM are off the air today, which is rather ironic considering the wintry conditions at the moment.
Kiss FM were on a blank carrier today, before reverting to white noise. The dance music station are back on air on 94.4FM tonight.
Future FM are broadcasting a blank carrier this evening.
Jazz FM were on a blank carrier for much of today.
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.
The next temporarily-licensed college station will be on air from Monday on 97.3MHz. From Trinity College in the heart of Dublin, Trinity FM will broadcast for one week only.
Two Breakfast Show co-hosts on a local station in England fell out live on air on Thursday, prompting one of them to storm out of the studio. The row started during a discussion on their programme on Plymouth Sound about customer service. Martin Mills claimed that there was an obligation on shops to give refunds for undamaged goods. However, Vicky Compton was certain that there was none.
A caller rang in to support the female presenter, prompting Mills to ask her if she was “another whinging woman” and then accused her of “spouting emotional crap”. Although a trading standards officer had already confirmed that Mills was right, Compton was enraged at his treatment of both her and the caller. She accused her co-host of being opinionated and “always having to be right”. She slammed down her headphones in disgust and left the studio, with Mills advising her to “put the kettle on while you’re out there.”
He carried on, continually making comments and refusing to apologise. At this point Gavin Marshall, the programme controller, took over, sending Mills home.
Although the pair haven’t been suspended, they refuse to make up and have been ordered to stay off the air until they cool down. Both have confirmed, however, that they will be back on air on Monday. She has admitted to being nervous about her return, but Mills continues to be outspoken.
He said: “I’m sorry I upset Vicky, but at the end of the day I was actually right. Someone accused me of not liking women — that’s rubbish, I love women. I’ve got five of them: one to do the cooking, one to do the cleaning, one to sleep with . . .”
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.
One of the top radio personalities in the country has shocked 2FM by handing in his notice. Tony Fenton, whose Drivetime show is the second highest rated in Ireland, will present his last show on the station on March 6th.
Tony has been with RTÉ’s national pop station for 18 years and is leaving with the blessing of station head John Clarke, with whom he also shares a pirate radio past.
In an interview with the Sunday World, Tony confirms that he’s had a couple of radio offers, one from inside Ireland, the other from outside the country.
“I need a fresh challenge. The two offers have really excited me,” he said. “I feel now is the time to leave 2FM while I’m still on top.”
Another 2FM presenter, Dusty Rhodes , had already announced that he was quitting his ‘Most Wanted’ programme in the summer to concentrate on other business interests.
Live 95FM, Limerick’s licensed local station, today received the highest number of shortlisted nominations of any radio station in Ireland for The Guinness Radio Advertising Awards. In categories open to advertising agencies and radio stations, they have been nominated for Public Service/Charity advertising and The Greenhorn Award for new talent.
David Tighe, the station’s chief executive, told Radiowaves News: “Limerick’s Live 95FM has some of the best creative people in the country. To make the shortlist against national competition is a tribute to Eric Murphy our producer, and all the staff. We are delighted to be nominated for such prestigious awards by an independent adjudication panel and we are looking forward to the ceremony next Friday.”
Submissions for this year’s awards, which are now in their tenth year, were received from 21 radio stations and 15 advertising agencies.
Spin FM sees losses of over €2m in 18 months
Seán Ashmore has been appointed as CEO at 106.8FM Dublin’s Country. Sean has previously worked with Live 95FM in Limerick, and makes the short-hop ‘across the corridor’ from Wicklow’s East Coast FM to take up his new post. East Coast and Dublin’s Country are based in the same building in Bray.
Speaking to Radiowaves News this afternoon, the station’s PD Robert Walshe confirmed the appointment. “I am delighted at the prospect of working with Sean,” he said. “His experience speaks for itself. His success to date and his undoubted expertise makes this an exciting and ambitious move for Dublin’s Country.”
Robert is certain that Dublin’s Country can make even more significant gains with Seán at the helm.
Also speaking to Radiowaves News today, Seán himself expressed his happiness at the move. He said: “I’m delighted to be joining Dublin’s Country 106.8FM as CEO. The station clearly has a very bright future. Significant progress has been made in the past year, both in terms of programming and sales. There’s some great broadcasting talent on-air and we have some very exciting plans for the station in the coming months and I’m confident that the current year will see more surprises and improvements being made.”
The newly-created position of CEO will cement the station’s management structure following the departure of Padraig O Dwyer to new Kildare station KFM. Padraig had been Commercial Manager at the niche-music station.
Former 98FM talk-show host Niall Boylan will shortly join the exciting line-up of presenters at 106.8FM Dublin’s Country. Niall departed 98FM under mysterious circumstances but will no doubt welcome the opportunity to unleash his undoubted talent onto Dublin’s airwaves once more. A time slot for his new show has yet to be announced.
Religious temporary station Spirit FM is now on air on 89.9FM and will be every weekend until April with RDS reading ‘ SPIRIT ‘.
Sugar FM are operating on much-reduced power at present.
Sugar FM are operating on much-reduced power at present.
Spin 1038 are adding a new dance programme to their schedule and, with a Valentine’s Day launch for the show, the station are convinced that Dubliners will love it.
Joining the Dublin youth station is Clare B, who will be introducing her ‘Big Handbag’ to listeners at 5:45pm every Saturday. Clare, previously of FM104 and various pirate stations, replaces ‘Thirst’ with Robbie Butler – which has finished due to the conclusion of Heineken’s two year sponsorship deal.
‘The Big Handbag’ will be a live show featuring a lively dance mix including handbag (obviously) and floor fillers and there’ll also be live calls. The show’s aim will be to get Dubliners into that Saturday night party mood.
Speaking from the station’s downtown, loft-style studios, Spin’s Programme Director Liam Thompson said: “We’re delighted to have Clare B on board. She’s bright, lively, and enthusiastic, and we see great things ahead for with Spin 1038.”
Red FM have had their knuckles rapped twice: first after their talk-show presenter Vic Barry called the girlfriend of a listener a ‘bitch’ because she didn’t change her underwear. The show was broadcast last July, and led one listener to make a complaint to the BCC, who ruled that the item was ‘in bad taste’ and ‘offensive’. A similar ruling was concluded about another item on the station’s Red Rooster Breakfast Show in which three presenters discussed penis lengths at…err…length.
Another complaint which was upheld concerned a misleading motor insurance ad on RTÉ Radio 1.
A ruling is due to be made next month concerning Spin 1038’s use of the term ‘Stab City’ to describe Limerick in one of its news bulletins. The description of Limerick has been condemned by the city’s mayor who called the item ‘outrageous and totally unacceptable…deeply offensive’.
Spin 1038’s Zoo Crew will start an hour later each evening from Monday. Speaking to Radiowaves News Spin chief Liam Thompson explained: “We decided, after much discussion, that the show works better as a two hour rollercoaster of madness – and getting the Zoo to do 10 Spin Hits in a Row is probably a waste of their comic potential.”
This means that Steve K will be on for an extra hour each evening on the Dublin youth station. The madness that is the Zoo Crew will now start at 6.45pm…”they’re just too rude for 5.45pm!!!” Liam concluded.
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.
Space FM are back on air today on 99.4MHz in Dublin. The retro dance music station have been on a few times over the holidays and they now have a brand new RDS reading of SPACE FM which also scrolls to wish their listeners a ‘Happy New Year’. As the transmitter warmed up, Club FM could be heard going out on the frequency, but Space FM are now running their own programming.
Station’s plans to rebrand as ‘Star’ are up in the air
A disgruntled country music fan has launched a campaign against Dublin’s Country. Robert Stevens, who lives in Rathfarnham in south Dublin, describes himself as an ordinary country music fan who is extremely angry at what he sees as a waste of a country music radio licence.
“I can’t believe that the BCI allow the people who own Dublin’s Country to carry on the way they are and effectively misuse their licence,” he says. “I am tired of running up phone bills streaming good country music stations from the USA.”
Robert says he wrote to the station last July, and frustrated at the lack of response, he has launched an online petition to ‘to try to get the BCI and Star Broadcasting to stop wasting Dublin’s only country licence’.
The petition can be viewed at http://www.petitiononline.com/1068fm/petition.html.
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.
Pirate radio station Splash FM has been shut down by the Gardaí. The station, based in Finglas in north Dublin, was broadcasting on 93.8MHz FM and had earned a reputation for broadcasting material which caused offence to anybody who may have stumbled upon their transmissions. Members of Dublin’s unlicensed community had expressed concern that the material being broadcast by Splash FM would be just the ammunition needed for the government regulatory body ComReg to launch another offensive against unlicensed stations which have established a pattern of coming on air at night and weekends only in hopes of thwarting any action against them.
According to the Gardaí, Splash FM was operated by members of the criminal fraternity, in particular an armed robber and drug dealer who is known as Mr Fatpuss. The station offered on-air tips on how to steal cars and also featured live broadcasts of joyriding gangs in action. Splash FM have also been accused of broadcasting racially offensive material.
Dublin’s 98FM has dropped the FM from its title and have officially launched a new look for the station. The new logo for Dublin’s 98 was recently unveiled at an extravaganza held in the private gardens of Fitzwilliam Square in Dublin.
Launching the new look, Michael Brady, Chief Executive of 98 said: “It has been a while since we have refreshed the look of the station. All high profile brands, including radio stations, need to keep their image and corporate identity relevant and fresh, that is what we are doing. Change is the one constant in our business, our listeners are evolving and changing and we must reflect and embrace their evolving and changing interests. This new look, I believe, also reflects the improved sound of 98 which reaffirms our position as the most entertaining station in Dublin.”
Michael continues: “We listen very carefully to what our listeners are saying and the most consistent thing they keep telling us is that 98 is the station that makes them smile. Our mission is to ensure that when anyone wants to be entertained in Dublin – 98 will be their No.1 choice and help them smile throughout the day.”
A spokesperson for the station says that the new look is made up of vibrant colours of blue and magenta which create a core purple tone that is distinctive within the Dublin radio landscape.
“These colours were chosen because of their outstanding appeal to the target listener during research. The logo is made up of the 9 and 8 creating a curvaceous shape shot through with yellow wave patterns flow, bringing it to life and giving it an energy and vibrancy,” the spokesperson says.
While the look of the station has changed, the station’s ethos remains the same: to continue to play “Dublin’s Best Music Mix” playing the biggest mix of songs from the ’80s, ’90s and today, and to continue to provide the best on-air entertainment, the biggest promotions and most of all, continue to make Dublin smile.
To support the launch of the station’s new look, a major marketing campaign is underway spearheaded by a new 30 second television advertisement which shows people smiling around Dublin city as they listen to 98 to the backing track of ‘Smile’ by The Supernaturals. There’s also an extensive outdoor 48 and 5 sheet bus and Dart campaign.
Rumours that Dublin’s Country Mix 106.8 are to close are premature. So says the station’s Chief Executive Seán Ashmore.
Speaking to The Irish Times Seán admits that the station are facing difficult times and that four staff members have been let go but he denies that the station have discussed handing back their licence to the BCI.
Tuned to God’s frequency was a headline from The Irish Independent dated February 24th 2014
Neil Prendeville – I’ve paid a price for my mistakes was a headline from The Irish Independent dated April 4th 2014
Robbie Robinson, the man who founded and operated Sunshine Radio in Dublin for eight years, passed away yesterday in Lanzarote at the age of 81. Regarded as one of the most influential people on the development of Irish radio, Robbie was devastated when he closed down Sunshine Radio on December 30th 1988 but failed to secure one of the new licences which many within the industry felt Sunshine Radio were certain to get. Close friends and colleagues felt he never recovered from this blow.