Classic Radio – London

Long before the days when the FM dial was full of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, there was another Classic Radio… This one was first heard in January 1988, and served North London’s Afro Caribbean community. Early tests were on 105.5, but they later moved to 94.2, expanding to a 7 days a week service. At Times,…

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,…

Exile Radio – Dudley

Scott Davis had always been a fan of pirate radio, and in the summer of 1989 after listening to Freedom Radio decided to have a go at setting up his own station Exile FM. Scott brought his first transmitter which was just 4 watts off a small low powered local pirate station called KFM after…

Quest FM – Dudley

Quest 100 FM was formed in early 1992 by pirate DJ’s Dave Kilner, Steve Wilson and Andy Young as a result of feeling disillusioned by the state of Midlands based pirate radio at the time (i.e too much Rave, egos and crap DJ’s). Inspired by the more dance and soul based pirates in Birmingham and…

Radio Nova – Leicester

Radio Nova broadcast to Leicestershire in the early 1980s, borrowing their name and a few jingles from the famous Dublin station. They were based originally in Groby, Leicestershire and broadcast on FM. At the same time, Radio Veronica and Radio King were using on AM, with Veronica being based in Desford and King in Leicester…

Horizon Radio – Nottingham

Horizon Radio were first heard in late 91/early 92 on 100 FM. They grew quickly and by the summer were broadcasting 24 hours a day, and went on to become one of big 4 pirate stations from Nottingham in the mid 90s. In mid 1992, due to the arrival of Classic FM, they moved up…

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…

Frequency FM – Leeds

Frequency FM were first heard in May 2006 They broadcast from Leeds on 88.1 FM, with a format of Drum & Bass, often with an MC rapping over the music. From the start they were a professional outfit with a very powerful signal, much stronger than any previous pirates from Leeds. They had very high…

Twilight FM – Hull

Twilight Fm were first heard in 1993 on 105.4 FM. In the early days they played mostly pop music, but as time went on, they played more dance music. Arguments over music policy did cause a split at one point, with some DJs leaving to start Buzz FM on 106.6, and Sweet FM. After a…

WLIB – London

Hackney’s WLIB were first heard in the summer of 1988. They played mostly reggae/soul 7 days a week, firstly on 90.9, later moving up to 92.4 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…’…