Horizon Radio – London

Horizon Radio was part of a new wave of pirate radio stations that took to the airwaves of the capital in the early 1980s. In the 70s, you would only hear pirates for a few hours on Sundays or bank holidays. Then, following a loop hole discovered in a Radio Jackie court case, a number…

Metro FM – Birmingham

Metro FM were first heard with test transmissions in early December 1988 with full programmes following shortly afterwards. They were initially a weekend station, but soon became daily and eventually a 24 hour 7 day operation. They started on 104.9 FM with a format of black music and community information with DJs like Super C,…

Radio Merseywaves

One of the longest running free radio stations on Merseyside was Radio Merseywaves. The station started in late 1984 by Merseyside’s free radio legend Bert Williams.  At first it was only on FM during Sunday evenings on 94.8MHz with just Bert himself.  It then expanded to medium wave on 1179kHz, again only on a Sunday…

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…

Paradise City Radio (PCR) – Bradford

Paradise City Radio (PCR) was first heard in late 1988. They broadcast from Bradford on 104.9 FM with a format of soul, dance and reggae music.  At first, broadcasts were mostly heard at weekends, but Paradise later began broadcasting throughout the week. The raids soon started and there were a number of court cases, but…

Power FM – Birmingham

One of the bigger Birmingham stations of the early 1990s was Power FM. They were first heard in late 1990 and were essentially another Black station. They broadcast the usual diet of reggae/soul/dance but in the early days even had an indie show on Monday evenings. They had a good signal across the Midlands and,…

Elite FM – Dudley

In 1990, a number a Freedom Radio DJs including Wayne James, Lee Clarke and John Saunders decided to break away and start their own station. So, in April of 1990 the first tests took place for Elite 100 FM. The station was more of a dance station than Freedom, had some good DJs and was…

LWR – London

LWR (London Weekend Radio) was first heard in 1983, broadcasting on 92.5 at weekends (obviously!). In their early days they were more of a traditional rock and pop station, rather than the soul and dance station they became later on. Having said that, it was the first place you could hear Tim Westwood’s rap show.…

JFM – London

Brian Anthony was a DJ on Radio Jackie and became involved in their FM service, Jackie FM. However, by the time regular broadcasts started in late 1980 the name had been shortened to JFM and all links with Jackie were gone. Many people just presumed the initials stood for Jazz Funk Music, because that’s what…