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Groove FM – Dudley

Groove FM was the second pirate radio station to be brought on air by Scott Davis, the founder of Exile FM. From the very start Groove had many of the old Exile presenters on board, which were joined by some of the key members of Unique FM, as well as few totally new to the [...]

Freedom Radio – Dudley

The first 7-day a week white pirate station in the Black Country was Power House Radio. They had been on since 7th February 1988 from Rowley Regis. At this point Craig Benson was running a car hire business that booked some advertising on PHR. It was through this connection that Craig Benson obtained his first [...]

Exile Radio – Dudley

Scott Davis had always been a fan of pirate radio, and in the summer of 1989 after listening to Freedom Radio decided to have a go at setting up his own station Exile FM. Scott brought his first transmitter which was just 4 watts off a small low powered local pirate station called KFM after [...]

Sunshine Radio – Ludlow

Sunshine Radio in Ludlow dates back to the late 70s when they used to broadcast every Bank Holiday weekend on 239m (1242 kHz), and by 1981, 249m (1179 kHz). Around this time, negotiations took place with the IBA with a view to bring local radio to the area, bearing in mind at this point there [...]

B.A.D. Radio – Bristol

B.A.D stood for Bristol's Amalgamated DJs and it was the first West Indian / Black music pirate in Bristol. Some would say it was the first to really get the attention of the public in Bristol. Three DJs, Leroy, Dixon and Dee, known as "The Soul Twins", finished a residency at Hollywood's night club and [...]

DBC – London

Lepke had spent some time living in New York and was amazed at their choice of radio stations. When he returned to London, he was determined to start a station for the black community, by the black community. At first, the station was to be called Rebel Radio, but then someone thought it would be [...]

Fantasy FM – Wolverhampton

Fantasy FM was first heard playing dance music at weekends during late 1991. They broadcast from Wolverhampton, firstly on 98.6, then 99.3 before settling on 100.7 FM by 1993. They played mostly house and rave music and also featured adverts for various businesses in Wolverhampton, such as Quest nightclub and Ruby Red Records. Some of [...]

Radio Jackie – London

Radio Jackie first took to the airwaves of Southwest London on the 19th March 1969. They went on to be one of the most regular and well known pirates throughout the 70s. There were many raids and court cases, and in one of them, the barrister they had hired found a loophole. That was, that [...]

Radio Invicta – London

There are few pirate stations as important or influential as Radio Invicta. They first played "Soul over London" in 1970, becoming the first soul pirate in Britain. They were pioneering in many other ways too. Where most pirates of the day broadcast on medium wave from fields, the soul boys at Invicta wanted the better [...]

London Music Radio

The original London Music Radio (LMR) started life during 1974, with the first official broadcast taking place on Christmas day on 385 metres. They were helped a lot by Radio Invicta in the early days, so they repaid the favour by relaying the Radio Invicta FM broadcasts on AM on a few occasions. Originally they [...]