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…

Solar Radio – London

In the summer of 1984 London pirate Horizon Radio suffered a revolt which led to 11 DJ’s, lead by Tony Monson, leaving to set up a new station. This station was Sound Of London Alternative Radio – Solar. Solar was first heard in late October 1984 on the old Horizon frequency of 102.5, with most…

TKO – London

Solar Radio closed down on the 29th September 1985 in order to apply for the forthcoming community licences. Horizon and JFM had also gone by this point and a number of former Solar DJs had seen Kiss FM successfully emerge from the ashes of JFM. Not wanting to be left behind, they decided to launch their…

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…