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…

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 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…

Pleasure FM – London

Pleasure FM were first heard in March 1990. Broadcasts continued through the 1990s, later moving from dance to a more UK garage format. 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 and ‘Save Target As…’ Audio Pleasure FM…

Friends FM – London

Friends FM were one of the many stations that took to the air following the rave boom of the late 80s. They were first heard in December 1989 on 100.7 FM. Their music policy was “Underground as all music then came under one banner”, which included a lot of the rougher breakbeat style. Their founder,…

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…

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…