Pukar Radio – Bristol

Pukar Radio, like Raw FM, was born out of the close down of SPEC Radio at the end of 1991. SPEC’s Asian DJ’s Mac and Jabb decided that the Asian community in Bristol needed its own voice and music station. Bristol’s Asian community had been served on the otherwise largely West Indian operations since 1988,…

Power FM – Bristol

Power FM kicked off around the end of 1993 on 103.95FM (complete with a little sprog signal further up the dial). The initial tests featured Mixmaster M playing oldskool Hip Hop from 5 years previous when pirate radio had its first big wave in Bristol, followed by a brief “Goodnight, we’ll be on air properly…

Raw FM 101 – Bristol

This station started after SPEC Radio closed in 1992, playing cassettes for weeks on end and linking over Pukar Radio at one point. This caused the Pukar DJs to rant with fury, “SPEC Crew, we know it’s you, 105 is Pukar’s frequency”, once the link jamming had stopped and Pukar’s audio returned. Raw FM then…

Radio WR – Worcester

Radio WR started life in the mid 80s broadcasting to a small part of Worcester on 104 FM. It was a small part due to the very low power they used at the time. In fact, the station is named after the street in which it could be heard. Radio WR = Radio Willowsea Road.…

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…

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…