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…

ABC Radio – Eastbourne

ABC Radio were a regular station on the South Coast in the mid 80s. Despite only operating for a few hours at weekends, they had many problems from the DTI, sometimes being raided every week. They even had their P.O. Box closed down! Perhaps it was the fact that, although only using modest transmitter power,…

Radio Atlantis – Hastings

This particular Radio Atlantis (there have been a few!), was first heard around 1982, originally broadcasting to East Sussex. Early broadcasts were on FM, but they also experimented with AM on 1134 and 1611 kHz. They also made regular, separate short wave broadcasts. In 1987 the station moved transmitter sites closer to the Kent border,…

Radio Atlantis – North Kent

Ray Magnum had been helping out a friend with disco’s, who was also running a lo-tech AM pirate from his house in Lower Rainham. The station was called Radio Atlantis and they could be heard on 235m medium wave. Following a raid, Ray got hold of an FM transmitter and Radio Atlantis then became a…

South London Radio

In 1980, Stuart Russell and Peter Gilbert were running Radio Saturn on FM, medium wave and short wave. On 5th July 1980, this became South London Radio. Early broadcasts went out on a Saturday night on 92.5 and were low powered, until RFLs John Dawson got involved the following year, along with DJ Vaughn Smart…

Sunrise FM – London

By the late 1980s, the music on London’s Dance pirates was changing and, setting the template of what was to come, East London’s Sunrise FM launched in April 1988. They could be heard firstly at weekends on 88.75 FM, playing the usual diet of soul, funk, rare groove and a little reggae. Later, weekday evenings…

TKO – London

Solar Radio closed down on the 29th September 1985 in order to apply for the forthcoming community licences. Horizon and JFM had also gone by this point and a number of former Solar DJs had seen Kiss FM successfully emerge from the ashes of JFM. Not wanting to be left behind, they decided to launch their…

Touch FM – Nottingham

During 1992, the owner of Nottingham’s Dance station Rave FM, decided to change the name to Touch FM. The new station still played dance music, on the final Rave FM frequency of 107.3. It is believed the name change was to try to get a license to broadcast legally. This never happened and Touch FM…