EST / Empire Radio

In the late 70s and early 80s there were many short wave pirates broadcasting from the UK, and one of the most popular was Empire Radio. They first took to the air on 28th May 1978, broadcasting on 6200 kHz Short Wave, with the slogan “Serving a Free United Europe”. This was later changed to…

Power House Radio

Paul H was a fan of reggae music and used listen to PCRL. Through that influence he decided to start his own station. So, with a 10 Watt transmitter and some help from his mate HMV (aka Johnny B), the first tests took place on the 3rd February 1988. Then, on the 7th February 1988…

Dimension FM – Telford

Spangles used to listen to Exile Radio while still at school. He and his friends would wait for a Saturday morning to tune in, being in Telford this was the only station that they could get. Then a few people he knew started up a station called Underground 101.9. That was a Friday night station…

Farpoint – Dudley

Now, Farpoint is an odd one. When a station comes on, and you’re involved in pirate radio, you’ll generally have an idea about who is behind it and roughly from where it comes. But in Farpoint’s case, nobody seemed to know anything about it! They were also different from most other pirates in the type…

Vision FM – Dudley

Vision FM began test transmissions in April 2006 on 103.5FM for 2 weeks before going off air, to return on a full Sunday rota on 101.8FM a few weeks later. Vision FM was bought on air due to the lack of decent house music on the West Midlands radio scene. Other stations were catering for…

Rush FM – Telford

Rush FM was originally founded by a team of individuals in early 2004 after the closure of Dimension FM. Dimension’s closure was a great loss to the underground scene of Shropshire, and something needed to be done in order to restore this community which was lost. Rush FM plans quickly began to take a basic…

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,…

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…

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…