Thames Radio & Radio Britannia – London

A brief tale of a south-London (UK) ‘pirate’ station 1968-1975 – Phil Crosby Like most of Britain’s youth, I was devastated when the Marine Offences Act came to pass on 14th August 1967. On that day we lost not only vitality and choice in British radio entertainment, but also something much more sinister; freedom of…

Thameside Radio – London

Thameside Radio’s first broadcast was on the 11th December 1977. They could then be heard every Sunday (and sometimes more) until 1983. They used 90.2 FM with presenters such as Tony Lloyd, Bob Edwards, The Intrepid Birdman, Alex Wright, Paul James, Terry Anderson and The Curly Man as well as many others. The station was…

Inner City Radio – Chelmsford

Inner City Radio was first heard during 1988, broadcasting from Stock in Essex on 105.6 FM. They were heard mainly at weekends and the odd week night and was run by Mark Roman and Keith Stafford. Keith had done a ten year apprenticeship at Marconi & there was nothing you could tell him about FM…

EST – Station History

EST-FM “Your alternative friend in Sound” broadcast to Birmingham between 1981 and 1984, but the roots can be traced back to the short-wave station Empire Radio, which took to the air in 1978. “The Empire” developed a good reputation for innovative programming, mixing contemporary music with comedy, but the limitations of short-wave reception were not…

Magnum Radio – Bristol

Magnum 100 FM first broadcast as SLR, Sophisticated Local Radio, and was linked to the SLR Radio in London. They started in 1990 as SLR for maybe a few days but turned into ‘Magnum Force’ quite quickly. It was originally run by Wile-up and Iroy, but Wile-up seemed to continue alone after a short time.…

Interference FM – Bristol

Interference began as a radio project amongst some people in London and Bristol who were involved in direct action politics. Some of them also had a pirate radio pedigree. The idea was to splice together both these outlaw scenes and develop the overlap. The seeds were sown in summer 1997 following the Trafalgar Square ‘Never…