In the late 1980s, Jabbar Karim was a student at Airedale & Wharfedale College, was a punk, and was into Billy Idol and Toyah Wilcox.
After trying to get a job on a mainstream station, who didn’t want to know, Jabbar and a friend decided to set up a pirate, or underground as they liked to call it. The station was called Apni Awaaz, which means ‘our voice’.
They got some help from People’s Radio in Chapeltown, who let them use their transmitter, and they soon built up an audience as there was nothing for the Asian community in Leeds. Early broadcasts were on 101 FM, later moving up to 106.8.
Eventually the raids were getting worse and worse so they had a break from 1996 to 1999.
In 1999 they became Radio Asian Fever and started working towards being legalised by broadcasting 9 Restricted Service Licenses (RSL). Their aim, as before, was to serve the South Asian communities of Leeds. They shortened the name to Fever FM and in October 2005 was awarded a five-year full – time Community radio License by OFCOM.
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