Quayside 105 in Waterford are off air following a visit today from the ODTR who were in the area investigating interference to Garda frequencies. No equipment was taken.
ABC Power 104FM – who are based in Waterford – received a visit today from the ODTR following their raid on Quayside 105. The dj on air shut off the power and kept the door locked when the two men from the ODTR arrived. The presenter then rang for help – standard station procedure for ABC. A stand-off ensued and the two ODTR representatives were refused entry to the premises. After receiving a phone-call they left.
Comment: Best wishes to all at ABC in Waterford.
ABC Power 104FM plan to return to the airwaves at the weekend after they have reinstalled their transmitters and done some tests. ABC broadcast to the South-East of the country on 104.1MHz.
Comment: Best of luck!
ABC Power’s 104.5 transmitter returned to air today. This follows the return of the main 104.1 transmissions on Saturday afternoon. ABC Power 104 are based in Waterford.
“Adios and not goodbye…for this is just the start of a great new adventure”…these were the closing words of an emotion-charged eight minute speech from station director Colm Dunphy as Waterford’s ABC Power 104FM closed today, Bank Holiday Monday, at 4pm.
They treated listeners to an ‘inside’ look at the popular station with presenters – past and present – returning to say their goodbyes.
The station closed to meet the requirements of their second licence attempt in thirteen years. Long regarded as one of the most professional pirate broadcasters in Ireland, ABC claim to have secured major financial backing for its forthcoming proposal for a regional broadcasting franchise.
Also, in recent weeks the station commissioned (at a cost of several thousand pounds) research into the listening habits of the local marketplace. They plan to publish the findings soon.
Just weeks after celebrating 20 years on air WLR FM have been awarded the title ‘PPI Local Station of the Year’. The station also finished as runners-up in the ‘Sports Story’ category for their coverage of the run-up to the 2008 All Ireland Hurling final, while the station’s imaging picked up a bronze award.
The PPI Radio Award 2009 winners were announced at a gala ceremony in The Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny on Friday evening.
Dick Doyle, Chief Executive of PPI, congratulated WLR FM for their outstanding contribution in informing, educating and entertaining listeners throughout Waterford.
WLR FM’s Managing Director Des Whelan said that it was an award for everyone involved in the radio station. He continued: “I am delighted that WLR FM was chosen as number one from stations from all 32 counties and particularly as this award is judged by our peers in the radio sector.”
Other winners on the night included Newstalk 106, who scooped ‘Full Service Station of the Year’, and Ryan Tubridy, who was named ‘Speech Broadcaster of the Year’. RTE Radio 1’s Sean O’Rourke was awarded ‘News Broadcaster of the Year’ and Gay Byrne won the ‘Outstanding Achievement PPI Radio’ award.
The PPI Awards salute the best writers, broadcasters, producers, reporters, presenters and technicians in radio. Now in its ninth year PPI Radio Awards is considered the Oscars of the radio industry calendar celebrates the art and skill of radio production and programming.