Fantasy FM – London

Fantasy FM started broadcasting from North London in August 1989 on 98.6 FM. They played Acid, Rave & Hardcore music, all of which was massive at the time, and was also dominating the mainstream music charts too, during the time Fantasy was on air. During the early part of 1990, Fantasy changed frequency to 98.1…

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.…

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…

JFM – London

Brian Anthony was a DJ on Radio Jackie and became involved in their FM service, Jackie FM. However, by the time regular broadcasts started in late 1980 the name had been shortened to JFM and all links with Jackie were gone. Many people just presumed the initials stood for Jazz Funk Music, because that’s what…

Horizon Radio – London

Horizon Radio was part of a new wave of pirate radio stations that took to the airwaves of the capital in the early 1980s. In the 70s, you would only hear pirates for a few hours on Sundays or bank holidays. Then, following a loop hole discovered in a Radio Jackie court case, a number…

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…

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…

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…