Rock 2 Rock – London

Rock 2 Rock were first heard in April 1986. They could be heard on 90.2 FM, initially on Sundays only. They broadcast the usual mix of soul and reggae and by 1987 they had expanded to 7 days a week. They always seemed to be raided more than other stations, and when the new laws…

Radio Floss / 3 Boroughs Radio

In 1979, some members of Celebration Radio wanted to break away and put a station on air with a broader appeal. This was to be Radio Floss, and the first test broadcast was made in September 1979 with the station opening on the 13th January 1980. They broadcast from North London on 1350 kHz, usually…

Centreforce Radio – London

Centreforce Radio started life in May 1989 broadcasting from East London on 88.3 FM. The station was setup with the help of Andy Swallow and a few other people from Echo’s, which was a small night club in East London, by the Bow flyover. The club hosted a couple of nights such as Tony Wilson’s…

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…

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…

Southern Radio / South East Sound

The first station that this crowd put on the air was Radio 220, but in April 1979, they became Southern Radio. The station could be heard on Sundays across South East London on a number of frequencies before settling on 1413 kHz. They had a rock music format and also featured free radio news in…

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…

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…