Metro FM – Birmingham

Metro FM were first heard with test transmissions in early December 1988 with full programmes following shortly afterwards. They were initially a weekend station, but soon became daily and eventually a 24 hour 7 day operation. They started on 104.9 FM with a format of black music and community information with DJs like Super C,…

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,…

PCRL – Birmingham

In the early 80s Cecil Morris was running Rising Star Records and Management from a shop at 151 Dudley Road Birmingham. He also branched out in to running a venue (The Elite) and a magazine (Rasta Mag), so it was obvious that Radio would be next. His first shows were on Sounds Alternative during 1981,…

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…

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…

Freedom Radio – Dudley

The first 7-day a week white pirate station in the Black Country was Power House Radio. They had been on since 7th February 1988 from Rowley Regis. At this point Craig Benson was running a car hire business that booked some advertising on PHR. It was through this connection that Craig Benson obtained his first…

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…