EST / Empire Radio

In the late 70s and early 80s there were many short wave pirates broadcasting from the UK, and one of the most popular was Empire Radio. They first took to the air on 28th May 1978, broadcasting on 6200 kHz Short Wave, with the slogan “Serving a Free United Europe”. This was later changed to…

Centre Radio

Centre Radio and KFM may not have been the biggest stations of their era, but many of the people involved in them were major influences in the pirate scene of the late 80s and early 90s. The story starts in 1987 when Steve Marshall started using a converted radio to transmit from his bedroom to…

Quest, Groove & B.W.R.

Quest FM was first heard on 104 FM in early December 1988. They were a Soul, Funk and Jazz weekend station, initially broadcasting midday to midnight on Saturday and Sunday. DJ’s included DJ Lynx, DJ Touche, Pete King, DJ Swift, Anthony Page, TNT and DJK. They gave out an address of 30 Danesford, Hollinswood, Telford.…

Birmingham Free Radio Network

Following the boom of the 1960s offshore pirate stations, many people began to start stations on land. An early operator was Jacko Diamond whose first station was Radio Atlanta from Selly Oak in the early 60s. They would sometimes broadcast for up to a fortnight at a time claiming to be from a boat off…

Radio Britannia – Yorkshire

Kenny Crescendo was one of the stalwarts of the Yorkshire free radio scene and was heard on many stations, such as Rebel Radio and Radio Orion. He also had his own station, Radio Britannia. In the early 80s they could be heard on 1341 kHz medium wave, but later moved to FM. Early broadcasts took…

NRG FM – Leeds

DJ Shock was a teenager in the mid 80s, gripped in the fever of hip-hop and breakdance culture. Shock, along with friends Countdown, DJ Greenpeace & Chippy formed a crew and began learning to cut, scratch and paint graffiti like their idols across the pond. Mike Allen’s National Fresh radio show, networked from Capital FM…

NLV Radio – Keighley

NLV Radio broadcast to the West Yorkshire town of Keighley, and were first heard in early 1988. NLV is understood to have stood for Night Life Videotech and they transmitted on 104.9 FM in stereo. Despite their relatively low power, they were an immediate hit. This was probably helped by the fact that, due to…