Power FM – Birmingham

One of the bigger Birmingham stations of the early 1990s was Power FM. They were first heard in late 1990 and were essentially another Black station. They broadcast the usual diet of reggae/soul/dance but in the early days even had an indie show on Monday evenings. They had a good signal across the Midlands and,…

Elite FM – Dudley

In 1990, a number a Freedom Radio DJs including Wayne James, Lee Clarke and John Saunders decided to break away and start their own station. So, in April of 1990 the first tests took place for Elite 100 FM. The station was more of a dance station than Freedom, had some good DJs and was…

Stomp FM – Essex

Romford based soul station Stomp FM were first heard in 1987. Early broadcasts were on Friday nights on 93.9, using one of the station founder’s girlfriends flat in East Ham! A change of site to Dagenham, and frequency to 105.2, happened later that year but it was then decided to go off the air until…

Canvey Radio

Canvey Radio were first heard in 1985. They mostly broadcast at weekends and could be heard on 93.1 FM. The station was founded by DJ’s John Hanson, Jim Price and John Allen and soon attracted the attention of other DJ’s who provided other material and shows. By 1987, they were experimenting with a second transmitter…

Twilight – Nottingham

Twilight broadcast programmes for the Afro-Caribbean community in Nottingham 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 Mr Fingers – 10/5/91 80 mins Test – 12/5/91 11 mins Boss – Image – Dread…

Star FM – Derby

Star FM broadcast programmes for the Afro-Caribbean community in Derby. They could be heard daily until July 1992. 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 Star FM – 96.7 – Derby –…

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…

Solar Radio – London

In the summer of 1984 London pirate Horizon Radio suffered a revolt which led to 11 DJ’s, lead by Tony Monson, leaving to set up a new station. This station was Sound Of London Alternative Radio – Solar. Solar was first heard in late October 1984 on the old Horizon frequency of 102.5, with most…