Stolen Equipment Returned

NEAR FM and FM104 have had their stolen equipment recovered by police after official pirate radio detection experts managed to locate station broadcasts in Rathfarnham, Dublin.
Other equipment relating to recent thefts at East Coast Radio and CKR FM was also discovered.

Supreme Call It a Day

Supreme FM, the dance station who were based in Lucan and broadcast locally on 107.7MHz, have decided to call it a day until sometime next year.

Source: Anorak Hour Update

New Head of News at CKR

John Drummey, a former news reader with Independent Network News, has been appointed as head of news at CKR FM. John is also a former presenter with Radio Kerry. CKR FM is the licensed station serving the Carlow/Kildare franchise area.

Gem R.I.P.

Gem 88FM have bowed to ODTR pressure and decided to pull the plug on their operation today. The decision was made by the station themselves and was not influenced by their site landlord. The Dublin-based automated oldies station had occupied 88.1MHz since just before Christmas last year.

Gem Radio Set to Sparkle Again

Gem Radio are planning to return to Dublin’s airwaves. Attention from the ODTR led them to a decision to close recently. The alternative non-stop oldies station had been available to Dubliners on 88.1MHz since last Christmas.

However, the station’s planned return may cause problems as a result of Mix FM’s planned frequency shift from 87.6MHz to 88.0MHz. A spokesperson for Gem Radio has told Radiowaves News that they have contacted Mix FM but the latter have stated that their intention is still to broadcast on 88.0FM from next Monday.

Gem Radio Back On Air

Gem FM are back on air on 96.0MHz in Dublin. The non-stop oldies station with the alternative slant stopped broadcasting a few months back following problems.

Kildare Licence Hearings

The Keadeen Hotel in Mewbridge on Monday is the time and place where five shortlisted applicants will be given the chance to state their case for providing a radio service to the newly-created Co Kildare franchise. The five groups are:
Kildare 97FM – whose parent company are Kildare Broadcasting Corporation Ltd, comprised of Kalacastle Ltd (who operate LMFM Radio) and the Leinster Leader newspaper group;
Kildare Sound, whose parent company are Kildare Communications Ltd, of which UTV have an involvement. They promise a distinctive service catering for all the cultures and traditions found in the county, including those who have resettled from elsewhere;
KFM-Kildare Radio – whose parent company is Kildare Radio Ltd based in Carlow;
KFM – whose parent company are County Kildare FM Radio Ltd;
& Kildare’s KFM – whose parent company KFM Media Services Ltd is based in Dublin and whose investors are Dublin’s Lite Fm and Radio Kerry.
When the shortlist was announced in July, the BCI Chairman – Conor J. Maguire – said: “We are particularly pleased with the level of interest in this new franchise area and with the standard of the applications received. They were sufficiently high to warrant all applicants being invited to present at oral hearings.”
The purpose of the public hearing process is to afford an applicant group an opportunity to present its case for the licence in a public forum and to allow the Commission to clarify certain issues in an applicant’s submission. A final decision is expected in October.

Gem to stop on 96

Gem FM will be off the air on 96.0MHz from April 28th until June 1st to accommodate the temporarily licenced station from Ballyfermot which will run for the month of May. At present they have no plans to use another channel for the period, and according to sources close to the station, they will use the break to work on improvements to their audio, adding new music etc.

Return of a Gem

Gem Radio has returned to air on 96.0MHz in Dublin. The automated oldies station happened to be off the air at the time of the ‘Black Tuesday’ raids in order to accommodate a station who were temporarily-licensed for the 96FM frequency.

Dublin City Beats to the Sound of City FM

A new dance & r ‘n’ b music station is now on air on 94.1MHz to Dublin. Formed from the ashes of Hot FM and The Vibe who were both raided on ‘Black Tuesday’, Dublin’s City FM has been on air with a powerful signal since yesterday afternoon. There is an alternating RDS giving the station name ‘CITY  FM ‘ as well as the message ‘STAND BY’

Beat Ready to Free Your Ears

Beat 102-103, presently running 24 hour tests leading to their July 1st launch to the south-east region, have told the Sunday Business Post that it has met its advertisng targets for its first month on air and are already working on month two. The station are also promising similar campaigns to the 'Fugitive' & 'Joker' competitions run by Dublin's big players 98FM and FM104.

Beat 102-103, presently running 24 hour tests leading to their July 1st launch to the south-east region, have told the Sunday Business Post that it has met its advertisng targets for its first month on air and are already working on month two. The station are also promising similar campaigns to the ‘Fugitive’ & ‘Joker’ competitions run by Dublin’s big players 98FM and FM104.
Speaking to the newspaper, station chief Kieran McGeary says that he wants Beat 102-103 listeners to feel emotionally attached to the station and that he viewed Beat as a brand as much as a radio station.
The youth station’s advertising campaign will be based around the slogan ‘Free Your Ears’ and will run outdoors at first, followed by television and radio slots.
Beat 102-103 is the first licensed regional service and will broadcast to the Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford & Wexford areas.

Ice Wars

Ice FM is back on 100FM this morning. They have dropped the Radio Dublin reference in their name, in part due to a critical article in today’s Sunday World.
Listen to I.C.E. FM’s on-air response which was broadcast on 100.0MHz at 2pm today by clicking here.

More Gem

Automated oldies station Gem FM is now operating all day, every day on 96.0MHz in Dublin. After the Black Tuesday raids in May, the station originally returned on weekends only before introducing a weekday nighttime service.

Jamming With a Passion

Kildare-based dance music station Passion FM have accused the operators of a blank carrier in Dublin of attempting to jam their signal. Passion FM launched their main transmitter on 91.6MHz last week, with a secondary signal still appearing on 107.7MHz. However, last night what appeared to be a new blank carrier originating in Dublin appeared on 91.6MHz, leading to fears from the Passion FM camp that this is an attempt to hijack the frequency.
However, speaking to Radiowaves News this afternoon, a spokesman for the station who are operating the blank carrier denies the accusation point blank. They say they have been on this frequency since the weekend before last, and whilst they were off the air due to a power cut at their mountain site, Passion FM launched on 91.6MHz. However, Passion FM claim that anybody could have been behind the blank carrier, and when it disappeared, they assumed it had gone for good.
Both stations are willing to enter negotiations about the situation in a hope that a compromise can be reached.

KCLR finally make it to air

KCLR 96FM, the new radio service for Carlow & Kilkenny, went live on-air for the first time at 11am today. The first presenter to be heard on the broadcast was Alan Swan, who presented a special two-hour introduction to the new station.

KCLR 96FM Chief Executive John Purcell expressed his delight that the station had finally hit the airwaves: “We applied for this new licence two years ago and it has been a long road to reach this point. The setup of the station was very challenging with preparations delayed by the legal challenges to the decision to award the licence to us. However, we are delighted to at last be on-air and are looking forward to a very positive future.”

According to Purcell, KCLR 96FM will be a fresh, local, and contemporary voice that connects with listeners across the two counties.
He said: “We are placing a huge emphasis on local events with news and sport seven days a week to ensure our listeners receive the best possible coverage of all that is happening throughout Kilkenny and Carlow. Current affairs and community interest programming are also a priority as well as quality music and entertainment shows featuring requests, competitions, and fantastic prizes.”

Purcell acknowledged that one of the main challenges for KCLR 96FM is broadcasting to two counties and said that county-specific programming is being delivered where appropriate. “We are very mindful of the fact that we are catering for two counties with diverse needs and interests and KCLR 96FM will be providing dedicated news and sports services for Carlow and Kilkenny,” he promises.

A huge amount of work had gone in to putting the station on-air and Purcell was feeling very positive about how the new service would be received.

“There has been a huge amount of interest in the new station from people throughout Carlow Kilkenny. We are determined that KCLR 96FM will be a station local people can be proud of and I am confident listeners are going to like what they hear,” he concluded.

KCLR 96FM is available in Kilkenny on 96.6MHz FM, 96.0MHz FM and 96.2MHz FM and in Carlow on 96.9MHz FM and 94.6MHz FM.