Apni Awaaz – Leeds

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…

Shine FM – London

Shine FM broadcast dance music on 87.9 FM to London in the early 00’s. More information on Shine FM can be found on these sites: Facebook Forum If anyone has any more information on this station please contact The Pirate Archive. Downloads To save any item from this list then Right Click and ‘Save Target…

Radio Radar – Leeds

Radio Radar broadcast rock and pop from music from Leeds in the 1980s. If anyone has any more information on this station please contact The Pirate Archive. Downloads To save any item from this list then Right Click and ‘Save Target As…’ Audio Radio Radar – 104.2 – Leeds – Steve Somers – Show 1…

Faze FM – Brighton

Faze FM were first heard in September 1988, broadcasting to Brighton. They were initially on 105.2 FM, but within a couple of weeks they had moved up to 105.5. They then settled into broadcasting fortnightly on Sundays from 4 PM till midnight. This was soon increased to every Sunday and the hours were gradually increased…

Sheffield Community Radio (SCR)

SCR were first heard on 1st May 1989 on 105 FM. Their aim was to provide a radio station dedicated to Reggae and Soul music Things took off quickly and they soon diversified the music they played to include Dance, Techno, House, and Drum & Bass. They later moved down to 101.5 FM. They had…

Classic Radio – London

Long before the days when the FM dial was full of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, there was another Classic Radio… This one was first heard in January 1988, and served North London’s Afro Caribbean community. Early tests were on 105.5, but they later moved to 94.2, expanding to a 7 days a week service. At Times,…

Time Radio – London

Time Radio were first heard in early 1987 on 103.7 FM. They featured many new DJs from the local scene, but also some pirate “names” such as CJ Carlos and Graham Gold. They were later heard on 102.2 FM, and sometimes used other names like Time Community Radio and Big Time Radio. By June 1987,…

Horizon Radio – Nottingham

Horizon Radio were first heard in late 91/early 92 on 100 FM. They grew quickly and by the summer were broadcasting 24 hours a day, and went on to become one of big 4 pirate stations from Nottingham in the mid 90s. In mid 1992, due to the arrival of Classic FM, they moved up…

Frequency FM – Leeds

Frequency FM were first heard in May 2006 They broadcast from Leeds on 88.1 FM, with a format of Drum & Bass, often with an MC rapping over the music. From the start they were a professional outfit with a very powerful signal, much stronger than any previous pirates from Leeds. They had very high…

Twilight FM – Hull

Twilight Fm were first heard in 1993 on 105.4 FM. In the early days they played mostly pop music, but as time went on, they played more dance music. Arguments over music policy did cause a split at one point, with some DJs leaving to start Buzz FM on 106.6, and Sweet FM. After a…