Radio City – London

Radio City operated on Sundays from 12 – 4pm between 1978 and 1985, and was the UK’s only 1950’s Rock and Roll Radio Station. There were a few radio stations in London at the time, but Radio City was very different. It was rockin’, playing only the best of 1950’s Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, Blues…

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…

Freeze FM – London

Freeze FM was born in the summer 1999. They could be heard on 92.7 FM and broadcast from somewhere in West London…. They quickly grew to be one of the largest underground radio stations in London and won three awards for Best Pirate Radio Station. Freeze was also the first Garage station to go 24/7…

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…

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…

RFM – London

In the mid 1980s Dave Fuller and Claire Mansfield used to jam CB channels playing rock music. They later decided it would make more sense to start a proper radio station, which would become RFM. The first tests took place on 14th August 1986 on 89.7 FM, and continued regularly after that. Early broadcasts were…

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…

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.…

Eruption FM – London

Eruption FM first took the air on the 17th February 1993. They could be heard on 101.3 with a mixture of hardcore and jungle. They were soon part of the Rave scene, promoting many events DJs in the early days included DJ Rap, Food Junky, DJ Vibes, Krome, DNA, Stompy, Vinylgroover, MC MC and Stevie…