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.
Dublin 80s station Sun FM were off the air today on their 101.3MHz frequency.
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.
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.
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.