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…

Skyline Radio – London

Skyline Radio broadcast to Southeast London and in 1982 could be heard on Wednesday nights on 90.2 FM. Later, they were another station to exploit the loophole that was discovered in the early 80s, that is that the authorities could not confiscate any transmitting equipment without a court order. They started broadcasting 7 days a…

Radio Sovereign – London

In late 1988, a number of commercial stations in the UK started to run separate services on AM and FM. Most started new oldies stations on AM, but once again it was a pirate who had done it first. In this case over 5 years earlier! Radio Sovereign was the UK’s first ‘Golden Oldies’ station…

Kiss FM – London

In the early 80s, Gordon Mac was the resident DJ at South London club Kisses and could also be heard on pirate station JFM. By the summer of 1985, JFM and many of the other big soul pirates of the early 80s had closed down leaving a gap in the market. Gordon Mac and his…

S.Y.T. Radio – Bristol

S.Y.T was a truly enigmatic pirate. Dismissing the efforts of the community pirates’ attempts at legality and yet also keeping far removed from the hobby free radio scene. They were a slightly insane and wacky direct descendant of the first Bristolian pirate Rebel Radio, and was the brainchild of Doug Savage, Jeremy Yet and Pete…