Radio Kaleidoscope – London

The story of Radio Kaleidoscope can be split into two phases.  Phase one was between 1967 and 1972 when the station broadcast from South Essex. They had become very popular, but by 1972 had become short of members. At around the same time a number of presenters were about to leave Radio Jackie, so, “The…

Radio Free London (RFL)

Radio Free London first came on the air in August 1968, on the first anniversary of the closure of Britain’s offshore stations. The broadcast was so successful, they decided to start regular broadcasts soon after, making RFL the first regular land based pirate radio station in Britain. These broadcasts continued into early 1970 when some…

Apni Awaaz – Leeds

In the late 1980s, Jabbar Karim was a student at Airedale & Wharfedale College, was a punk, and was into Billy Idol and Toyah Wilcox. After trying to get a job on a mainstream station, who didn’t want to know, Jabbar and a friend decided to set up a pirate, or underground as they liked…

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…

Shine FM – London

Shine FM broadcast dance music on 87.9 FM to London in the early 00’s. More information on Shine FM can be found on these sites: Facebook Forum 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…

Radio Veronica – Bradford

Radio Veronica was first heard in the Autumn of 1986. They broadcast from Bradford, but their strong signal could be heard over a wide area. Initially, their broadcasts took place on Sunday evenings from 8pm into the night. They were mainly on 105.5 FM, but occasionally 104.9 FM was used. By late summer 1987, Veronica…

Radio Radar – Leeds

Radio Radar broadcast rock and pop from music from Leeds in the 1980s. 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 Radio Radar – 104.2 – Leeds – Steve Somers – Show 1…

Faze FM – Brighton

Faze FM were first heard in September 1988, broadcasting to Brighton. They were initially on 105.2 FM, but within a couple of weeks they had moved up to 105.5. They then settled into broadcasting fortnightly on Sundays from 4 PM till midnight. This was soon increased to every Sunday and the hours were gradually increased…

Heatwave Radio – Nottingham

There had been a long history of pirate radio in the East Midlands, but little to do with serving the areas’ black community. This was to change with the start of Heatwave Community Radio (HCR). They started in January of 1988 on 105 FM and quickly gained a large following. This was helped by their…

Kiss FM – Birmingham

As the jingle once said, “Every city’s got a Kiss”, and Birmingham was no exception. Kiss FM Birmingham was first heard in August of 1988 on 105.5 FM. They played dance, soul, hip hop, house, acid and rap music and even had a rock show on Friday nights! Right from the start they were a…