Sweet 106.8 FM – Birmingham

Justin Steele had been running Kool FM in London, and between 1996 and 2002 Kool FM in Birmingham. As if this wasn’t enough, in 2001 and 2002 he was also running Sweet 106.8 FM with Timothy St. Prix. Sweet 106.8 FM broadcast from the very same room as Kool FM using different equipment and transmitter.…

Kool FM – Birmingham

Kool FM started broadcasting to the West Midlands from its Birmingham base in early 1996 on a frequency of 105.6 later moving to 92.4FM. The team behind the station were inspired by Kool FM in London, or Kool London as it is known today. Kool FM’s broadcasts were weekends, starting on a Friday and ending on a…

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Pirate Radio Charge 20th Jun 2001. A Kingswinford man has been fined £1,000 for installing equipment for a pirate radio station. Scott Davis, aged 29, of Kingswinford, admitted charges of possessing apparatus for wireless telegraphy knowing, or having reasonable cause to believe, another person intended to use it for illegal broadcasting. He was also ordered…

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BAGGIES QUIP ENDS IN DOCK 13th Dec 2002. A giggle and comment on air about the Albion has led to a 12-month conditional discharge for a woman unwittingly speaking on a pirate radio station in Dudley. Hayley Davies ‘played a relatively minor part’ when she was heard on Groove FM last December. The 27-year-old single mum…

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‘NET CLOSING’ CLAIM 31st Jan 2003. Pirate radio broadcasters operating in Dudley have been warned the net is closing in as undercover officers get ready to swoop. The Radio Communications Agency has its beady eye on a number of bogus stations broadcasting to the Black Country. In December the agency successfully prosecuted 27-year-old Hayley Davies…

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DTI Film Unit “in the groove”! 7th February 2003. An Oldbury man, who was filmed installing equipment in Clent Court, Dudley, for an unlicensed radio station calling itself Groove FM, appeared before Dudley Magistrates Court on Friday 31st January. Neil Edwards (aged 27) of Oldbury entered a guilty plea to the charge brought against him…

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Pirate Radio Man Fined £1k 4th Apr 2003. A Kingswinford man who was caught on video setting up equipment for a pirate radio station in Dudley has been stung with a £1,000 fine and 240 hours community punishment. Scott Davis, of Kingswinford, pleaded guilty to managing an unlicensed broadcasting station at Dudley Magistrates’ Court. Video…

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Radio Pirates Threatened With Jail Term 16th October 2003. A pirate radio station in Dudley is being sued for up to £50,000. The Commercial Radio Companies Association is also seeking an injunction against Scott Davis and Tony Deleon, which means they could face jail if they continue broadcasting. Davis, aged 31 of Kingswinford and Deleon…

EST – Station History

EST-FM “Your alternative friend in Sound” broadcast to Birmingham between 1981 and 1984, but the roots can be traced back to the short-wave station Empire Radio, which took to the air in 1978. “The Empire” developed a good reputation for innovative programming, mixing contemporary music with comedy, but the limitations of short-wave reception were not…