The plans for Cosmos Radio (Community Organised Sound Medium Or Something) started in late 1985. A studio site was established in the centre of Nottingham and the transmitter was built. The first tests took place in March and April of 1986 on 103 FM. The station then launched at 915 PM on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May, 1986 as Cosmos 103.
Early broadcasts were then heard on Wednesday evenings with DJs such as Mike Megahertz, Steve Stylus, Andy Amp, Barry Battery, Colin Cartridge, Freddie Feedback, Kev Kilohertz, Vicky Volume, Tommy Turntable and Trevor Tape.
All was going well until late July, when BBC Radio Nottingham moved to 103.8 FM. This was a bit too close, so following a week off air, they returned on Tuesday 19th August on a new frequency of 97.5 FM.
They could then be heard “Rocking ’em in Nottingham” on 97.5 every Tuesday night and featured unsigned local bands, as well as the chart hits of the day.
Other highlights included, in December 1986 they were relayed by Radio Rainbow on Short Wave from Ireland, over Christmas 1986 they broadcast The Cosmos Christmas Countdown and in January 1987 there was the Snow Plough Service.
Although it was a small operation, some of its presenters went onto to the later, bigger Nottingham pirates and then commercial radio and the BBC.
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