DBC – London

Lepke had spent some time living in New York and was amazed at their choice of radio stations. When he returned to London, he was determined to start a station for the black community, by the black community. At first, the station was to be called Rebel Radio, but then someone thought it would be…

Rise FM – Dudley

Rise FM were first heard testing in December 1988 on 104.3 FM. Soon after, they could be heard every Sunday evening with a mix of the harder end of dance music. DJs included DJ Sam, Boy Wonder, Mellow D, Dynamic, Frame and Phase 9. Later broadcasts were on 98.4 FM before disappearing altogether. Some of…

Radio Sovereign – Newhaven

Radio Sovereign broadcast from the Newhaven/Hastings area of Sussex in the mid 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…’ Artwork Flyer 1 NEW Audio Tony Francis – Unknown DJ – Clips – 1986…

Skyline Radio – London

Skyline Radio broadcast to Southeast London and in 1982 could be heard on Wednesday nights on 90.2 FM. Later, they were another station to exploit the loophole that was discovered in the early 80s, that is that the authorities could not confiscate any transmitting equipment without a court order. They started broadcasting 7 days a…

Radio Sovereign – London

In late 1988, a number of commercial stations in the UK started to run separate services on AM and FM. Most started new oldies stations on AM, but once again it was a pirate who had done it first. In this case over 5 years earlier! Radio Sovereign was the UK’s first ‘Golden Oldies’ station…

Joy Radio – London

Joy Radio began broadcasting at weekends in 1986, following the closure of Horizon and Solar in 1985. They broadcast on 97.85 FM using a low power transmitter on one of the best sites in SE London. It soon started to attract listeners who wanted to listen to soul music and a touch of reggae. Early…

Kiss FM – London

In the early 80s, Gordon Mac was the resident DJ at South London club Kisses and could also be heard on pirate station JFM. By the summer of 1985, JFM and many of the other big soul pirates of the early 80s had closed down leaving a gap in the market. Gordon Mac and his…

S.Y.T. Radio – Bristol

S.Y.T was a truly enigmatic pirate. Dismissing the efforts of the community pirates’ attempts at legality and yet also keeping far removed from the hobby free radio scene. They were a slightly insane and wacky direct descendant of the first Bristolian pirate Rebel Radio, and was the brainchild of Doug Savage, Jeremy Yet and Pete…