Monaghan pirate radio was a headline from The Evening Herald dated January 19th 1959
Pirate radio in operation was a headline from The Argus dated January 24th 1959
Radio forced to quit was a headline from The Irish Independent dated October 17th 1971
Pirates going all out in a bid to hold audiences was a newspaper headline from The Evening Press dated January 31st 1980
Confusion surrounds Magic 105 from Monaghan at the moment. Different members of the station hierarchy are carrying out a very public war by posting conflicting messages on a radio anorak board. Closure has been both mentioned and denied and, as of today, Energy 106 is being carried on Magic’s frequencies. The very nature of public forums throws doubt on the validity of any (or all) of the messages but one person involved behind the scenes with the station has contacted Radiowaves to state that Magic 105 is ‘under attack’.
A campaign is being waged by a collective of licensed stations in the North with the aim of forcing Energy 106 off the air by mid-April, Miles J – who is a spokesman for the unlicensed station – claims.
“This includes the disruption of other businesses owned by some investors in Energy,” Miles told Radiowaves News. “In true paramilitary style, intimidation of group managers, record company executives, and Estate Agents’ sales staff has been used to seriously disrupt Energy’s source of revenue. Also as a result of this pressure, Atomic Kitten were recently forced to pull out of two massive Energy gigs, promoted by station owner Lawrence John.”
JICRAR has allegedly been asked to provide detailed figures on three unlicensed stations – Magic 105, Energy 106 and Kiss 106 – as the collective “others” term is insufficient. The surveys have shown that while the three unlicensed station brands are getting good recalls in the surveys, advertising revenues for the licensed sector is falling.
Energy 106.6, is a dance music station serving Greater Belfast, and Mid Ulster. Magic 105 is an automated oldies station and operates an interactive radio service via their website. Kiss 106 is a Dance/MOR station serving parts of Ulster on 106.0MHz and Leinster on 101.2MHz.
Energy 106’s web site at www.energy-106.co.uk has been shut down by the ISP as a result of it being hacked, station co-creator and engineer Miles J has told Radiowaves.
“The webmaster is currently attempting to correct the hacks, done by highly technically aware hostile forces,” he says. “The hack involved a spam of obscenities which were plastered all over the site, causing grave concern to the ISP.”
It occurred while two of Energy’s directors, namely Lawrence John and David MacIntyre, were protesting outside Cool FM’s studios in Co Down. Obviously – according to Miles – Energy suspect that Cool FM staff were behind the attack but cannot prove it at present.
Pirates turn to law in new bid to rule the airwaves
Award for Shannonside
Irish language award for Shannonside/Northern Sound
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Tops for Gaeilge
Alien Mountain’s border pirate stations have once again been silenced by ComReg. Magic 105 and Energy 106, who have been broadcasting into Northern Ireland from Monaghan for many years, were taken off the air early this morning.
“[ComReg] sent riggers up the mast destroying and wrecking everything in sight,” according to station engineer Miles Johnstone. “This is despite the current legal proceedings against them.”
According to Miles, all antennae at the site have either been destroyed or removed. “An original Kiss FM 103.7 transmitter was left intact,” he says. “It was the only item left.”
Presenters and listeners to Shannonside Northern Sound are facing four weeks of training, hard work and dedication as the station launched ‘Twenty Ten – The challenge’ this week. Four of the station’s best-known Presenters were tasked to recruit a dedicated listener from their programme to join them in completing a challenge but neither presenter nor listener had any idea what the challenge might be until they signed up!
On Monday morning all four presenters, plus volunteers, joined Shannonside Northern Sound’s presenter Joe Finnegan in studio to dip into the challenge drum and find out what lay in store. A variety of possible challenges awaited, including show jumping, tight rope walking, learning a foreign language or even jumping out of an aeroplane!
John Lee, partnered by Michelle, discovered that he must learn to sing before completing the task in front of a live audience.
Sean McCaffrey will be joined by Dylan in hopes of becoming a magician. The duo must bring their magic show on the road performing for the school children of counties Cavan and Monaghan.
Pete Casey and listener Vincent must learn an entire dance routine before performing at a popular dance school show while Johnny O Keefe and volunteer Shane will acquire all the skills needed to woo a lovely lady in the kitchen by learning how to cook a romantic meal just in time for Valentines Day.
Each challenge was chosen at random, and while some teams were initially pleased with their pick, the reality of training, homework and public performances are only just becoming a reality.
Teams will be mentored by expert trainers in their chosen field and regular updates on how they’re doing are available throughout the day on Shannonside Northern Sound.
Speaking about the innovative promotion, programme co-ordinator Eithne Kelly explains: “We appreciate that many of our listeners make resolutions in the New Year and as the local station we wanted to support and encourage them by setting our own challenge for the new decade 2010.”