South London Radio

In 1980, Stuart Russell and Peter Gilbert were running Radio Saturn on FM, medium wave and short wave. On 5th July 1980, this became South London Radio. Early broadcasts went out on a Saturday night on 92.5 and were low powered, until RFLs John Dawson got involved the following year, along with DJ Vaughn Smart…

Rave FM – Nottingham

Rave FM were first heard in 1990, broadcasting Rave music to Nottingham on 101.7 FM. They broadcast from flats in Radford and also the Lenton area of Nottingham, amongst other places. In 1992 the owner of Rave FM changed the name to Touch FM and tried to get a license to broadcast legally. This never…

Time Radio – London

Time Radio were first heard in early 1987 on 103.7 FM. They featured many new DJs from the local scene, but also some pirate “names” such as CJ Carlos and Graham Gold. They were later heard on 102.2 FM, and sometimes used other names like Time Community Radio and Big Time Radio. By June 1987,…

Sunrise FM – London

By the late 1980s, the music on London’s Dance pirates was changing and, setting the template of what was to come, East London’s Sunrise FM launched in April 1988. They could be heard firstly at weekends on 88.75 FM, playing the usual diet of soul, funk, rare groove and a little reggae. Later, weekday evenings…

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…

Powerjam – London

Powerjam were first heard in July 1990 on 92 FM. They featured many DJs who had previously been on Classic Radio. They continued to be heard well in the 2000s. If anyone has any more information on this station please contact The Pirate Archive. Downloads To save any item from this list then Right Click…

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 Jackie – London

Radio Jackie first took to the airwaves of Southwest London on the 19th March 1969. They went on to be one of the most regular and well known pirates throughout the 70s. There were many raids and court cases, and in one of them, the barrister they had hired found a loophole. That was, that…

Touch FM – Nottingham

During 1992, the owner of Nottingham’s Dance station Rave FM, decided to change the name to Touch FM. The new station still played dance music, on the final Rave FM frequency of 107.3. It is believed the name change was to try to get a license to broadcast legally. This never happened and Touch FM…

Radio Atlantis – Derbyshire

The radio station called Radio Atlantis commenced broadcasting in July 1965. The station was located at Heanor, Derbyshire, England. Regular broadcasts included 50s and 60s popular Music and 60s American Soul Music (Tamla Motown etc). In the summer of 1967, the station expanded and also broadcast on a second frequency, from an alternative location. “Radio…