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…

Cruise FM – London

Cruise FM was first established as an FM radio station in London, England in 1984 by founder The Bushbaby. They could be heard on 104.5 in stereo as North London’s Weekend Soul Station and with the youngest DJ lineup ever known. The station broadcast for a number of years with a crew back then of…

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…

Dance 93 – London

Dance 93 was another one on the London rave station of the late 80s and early 90s. DJs included Hypnosis, Lyndon C, Rob Atkinson, Rob Elliot, Mr C and AB who also teamed up to form the ABC experience. If anyone has any more information on this station, please contact The Pirate Archive. Downloads To…

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…

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.…

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…

Radio Invicta – London

There are few pirate stations as important or influential as Radio Invicta. They first played “Soul over London” in 1970, becoming the first soul pirate in Britain. They were pioneering in many other ways too. Where most pirates of the day broadcast on medium wave from fields, the soul boys at Invicta wanted the better…

London Music Radio

The original London Music Radio (LMR) started life during 1974, with the first official broadcast taking place on Christmas day on 385 metres. They were helped a lot by Radio Invicta in the early days, so they repaid the favour by relaying the Radio Invicta FM broadcasts on AM on a few occasions. Originally they…

Starpoint FM – London

Chris Philips and Ben West were both interested in starting a pirate station. Following some involvement in other projects, they decided to join forces, and so on 1 December 1985 Starpoint FM was born on 88.6 FM. Originally broadcasting once a week on Sundays, demand quickly prompted the addition of an entire weekend broadcast. The…