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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.

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.

A ‘Grey Wednesday’ for Dublin’s Pirates

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.