Kiss FM – Worcester

Kiss FM was a dance station originally set up in competition with Radio WR. Most of the original Kiss DJ line-up were ex-Radio WR DJs who wanted to bring a more edgy, upfront sound on the dial. It started in September 1991 on 101.6FM from a 25watt mono transmitter on the Malvern Hills. Programming was…

KCR – FM

In 1980 Martin Davies was a student at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. While he was there he met Mike Johns (who would later run Wulfrun Sound). They were both interested in starting a student radio station for the Poly but at the time they couldn’t generate any enthusiasm within the student union. Mike introduced Martin to some…

Farpoint – Dudley

Now, Farpoint is an odd one. When a station comes on, and you’re involved in pirate radio, you’ll generally have an idea about who is behind it and roughly from where it comes. But in Farpoint’s case, nobody seemed to know anything about it! They were also different from most other pirates in the type…

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…