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.…

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…

NRG FM – Leeds

DJ Shock was a teenager in the mid 80s, gripped in the fever of hip-hop and breakdance culture. Shock, along with friends Countdown, DJ Greenpeace & Chippy formed a crew and began learning to cut, scratch and paint graffiti like their idols across the pond. Mike Allen’s National Fresh radio show, networked from Capital FM…

Dream FM – Leeds

Dream FM was one of the most well known pirates in Yorkshire during the 1990’s. It boasted over 30 DJ’s and a range of different dance music styles such as house, dub, trance, hardcore, funk, soul, acid, jazz, hip, hop techno and chill out to name but a few. Merchandise was also available through Dream…

Globe FM – Nottingham

One of the biggest ever pirates in the East Midlands, indeed at the time probably one of the biggest pirates outside London, was Globe FM. The station started in October 1991 on 101 FM. When Classic FM started they made a brief move to 105.3, before settling on 107.7. They had a run of nearly…

Radio Kaleidoscope – London

The story of Radio Kaleidoscope can be split into two phases.  Phase one was between 1967 and 1972 when the station broadcast from South Essex. They had become very popular, but by 1972 had become short of members. At around the same time a number of presenters were about to leave Radio Jackie, so, “The…

Radio Veronica – Bradford

Radio Veronica was first heard in the Autumn of 1986. They broadcast from Bradford, but their strong signal could be heard over a wide area. Initially, their broadcasts took place on Sunday evenings from 8pm into the night. They were mainly on 105.5 FM, but occasionally 104.9 FM was used. By late summer 1987, Veronica…

Heatwave Radio – Nottingham

There had been a long history of pirate radio in the East Midlands, but little to do with serving the areas’ black community. This was to change with the start of Heatwave Community Radio (HCR). They started in January of 1988 on 105 FM and quickly gained a large following. This was helped by their…

Kiss FM – Birmingham

As the jingle once said, “Every city’s got a Kiss”, and Birmingham was no exception. Kiss FM Birmingham was first heard in August of 1988 on 105.5 FM. They played dance, soul, hip hop, house, acid and rap music and even had a rock show on Friday nights! Right from the start they were a…

Emergency FM – Bradford

In the 1980s Edzy was a member of the reggae, house and hip hop into over-the-top, bass-heavy dance music band, Unique 3. They pressed up a few white labels of a track called The Theme and found themselves with a massive underground hit on their hands.  They were swiftly signed by Virgin subsidiary Ten Records…