Bray-based dance music station Passion FM now have a dedicated transmitter broadcasting to Co Wicklow on 105.2MHz. Broadcasts continue to Dublin on 103.7MHz.
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.
Passion FM went off air today around lunchtime but were back on within a couple of hours. Passion FM can be found on 103.7MHz in Dublin and 105.2MHz in Wicklow.
East Coast Radio’s 94.9MHz transmitter is broadcasting again. Transmissions ceased on this frequency during the dire weather conditions last Friday but have recommenced albeit with a few teething problems. The station can also be received on 96.2MHz and 102.9MHz.
Comment: They’ll remember this ‘Summer in Dublin’ (of course they’re based in Wicklow but there hasn’t been a song called ‘Summer in Wicklow!)
Wicklow dance station Passion FM will cease broadcasting at 7pm on Sunday evening with no plans to return. The station received a visit from two members of the ODTR today who also visited both of their transmitter sites in Wicklow before they requested the station to stop broadcasting or face 2 years in jail and/or a £20,000 fine.
Passion FM are inviting their listeners to join them for an on-air party in their studios in Bray for the station’s final hour of broadcast between six and seven pm tomorrow evening.
Passion FM can be found on 103.7MHz in Dublin and 105.2MHz in Wicklow.
Comment: The final hour of Passion FM will also be archived on Radiowaves.FM from tomorrow night.
Passion FM closed at 7pm this evening after a year of live broadcasting to Dublin and Wicklow. A crowd of listeners, along with presenters from other stations, gathered at the station’s studio in Bray for the final hour to bid farewell.
Listen to a real audio stream of Passion’s final hour from their 103.7MHz transmitter by clicking here.
Comment: Silence is not always golden.
East Coast Radio presenter Nick Eogan has announced his retirement after almost twenty years of broadcasting in Wicklow. The station’s executive producer Pat Hannon speaking to The Bray People, said: “Nick would be one of the founding fathers of radio in Bray. He will be sorely missed by the listeners. Nick is very natural on the radio and this I think is his appeal to listeners. He doesn’t put on a radio voice, he is just himself. He was also a great man for telling stories on the radio”.
Nick’s last show will be this Sunday although he has indicated that he will continue to do the odd special for the station
Dance station Bliss FM are closing down tonight. The station received a phone-call from the ODTR who ordered them to cease by midnight. No reason was given. Bliss FM intend to comply. The station have been broadcasting on and off on 105.0MHz to the Wicklow area for two years.
From the ashes of the old Wicklow pirate, Raid 105, Flash 105FM is a new, dance music station operating on 30W power in West Wicklow. Its first test broadcast took place in Blessington on October 17th, but the studio has since been moved to a new location. The new station can be heard on 105.2MHz, which was previously occupied by Storm FM.
Flash FM’s station manager Liam Tutty is a Radio Production student, as are the majority of the presenters. Although there are commercials, these are aired without charge.
The station’s website can be viewed at flash105FM.freeservers.com.
East Coast FM will be getting into the spirit of Hallowe’en by sending some of its presenters to Wicklow Gaol for a very special night-time radio broadcast called ‘The Gates Of Hell’.
Rob G, Ryan O’ Neill, Gareth Farrell, Tommy Greene and Mathieu Norry are the brave station presenters who will be joined by mediums Angie & Keith Freeland and paranormal investigators to try and communicate with the spirits that lurk in Wicklow’s Historic Gaol.
Speaking about the show, East Coast FM presenter Ryan O’ Neill said: “I’ve never done anything like this before but I’m really looking forward to it. Wicklow Gaol has a long history of paranormal activity so we’re hoping to pick something up on the night. I am a little nervous though!”
The show will include the history of Wicklow Gaol and will be broadcast on Sunday October 31st at 11pm on East Coast FM.