The UK Radio Story

Although UK Radio did not begin official programmes until January 24th 1978 the stations history dates back to 1977 when the first test transmissions began and this is where we begin the story. 1977 In the summer of 1977 Paul Johnson and a former member of the station Doug Neilson began experiments with several transmitter…

UK Radio – Wolverhampton

UK Radio was the West Midlands longest running pirate station, operating from 1978 to 2003. The station would probably still be going today had it not been for the sad death of the stations founder, Paul Johnson, in 2003. As well as their own 25 years on air, UK Radio were involved in, and helped,…

Sounds Alternative

Keith Rogers first moved into the pirate radio world with shortwave station Empire Radio in 1978, using the name Mike Thomas. He was also sometimes known as Paul Kent on Radio 242 and Radio Free Birmingham. However, in 1980 he decided to start his own station, so in December of that year Sounds Alternative was…

Raw FM – Birmingham

Raw FM, “Your weekend dance station”, was heard in Birmingham during 1993. They broadcast on 102 FM and were a little softer than some of the other stations of that time playing soul, funk, jazz and dance music with not so much reggae and ragga. DJ’s included Dr. Horse, DJ Huckleberry, DJ Micro, Paul Taylor…

Quest FM – Dudley

Quest 100 FM was formed in early 1992 by pirate DJ’s Dave Kilner, Steve Wilson and Andy Young as a result of feeling disillusioned by the state of Midlands based pirate radio at the time (i.e too much Rave, egos and crap DJ’s). Inspired by the more dance and soul based pirates in Birmingham and…

Magic FM – Walsall

In early 1989, whilst in the 6th form at school, Paul discovered Power House Radio. Totally blown away by the station, Paul decided that he had to try to set up his own station. The initial name – Horizon FM got quickly discarded in favour of Magic FM. A frequency of 101.4 was chosen and…

Kiss FM – Worcester

Kiss FM was a dance station originally set up in competition with Radio WR. Most of the original Kiss DJ line-up were ex-Radio WR DJs who wanted to bring a more edgy, upfront sound on the dial. It started in September 1991 on 101.6FM from a 25watt mono transmitter on the Malvern Hills. Programming was…