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
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.”