DimensionFM-LogoSpangles used to listen to Exile Radio while still at school. He and his friends would wait for a Saturday morning to tune in, being in Telford this was the only station that they could get. Then a few people he knew started up a station called Underground 101.9. That was a Friday night station that used to broadcast from a box van. They lasted about 3 months and then gave it up.

He then started thinking about a station of his own and, as a few of his mates were DJ’s, he spoke to them about it. They were all keen to have a go so he looked on the net for a circuit diagram and came across a site for Veronica kits. He soon purchased a PLL kit from them and a 25 watt amp. Dimension was born.

The station was first heard in June 1999 broadcasting to a small area of Telford of about a 5 mile radius on 106.6 FM. The first 6 months were a learning curve and they used a flat and went direct. They steadily built up a good group of listeners. The phone was quiet at first but then, after putting posters up, telling everyone they were on and getting hundreds of flyers on the streets, the phone lines went mental. Unfortunately their location was found out by the council, so they had to move before the DTI were tipped off. The studio had brand new Technics 1210 turntables and £1000’s worth of tunes, so it was not worth the risk.

After that, they went mobile in a van using a generator for power. They would sit in the van in the clouds for hours and did this for about 2 months, until more money was invested into the station allowing them to buy links, a new transmitter and a new studio.

By early 2001 they were broadcasting all weekend sometimes running as much as 240 Watts with the transmitter located high up on The Wrekin. This gave them a whacking broadcast range of 50 miles, sometimes getting calls from over 100 miles away. They had a huge following that got bigger & bigger every week.

By 2002 they had changed frequency slightly to 106.3 and by 2003 they were on 92.2. Many of the DJ’s also performed live shows at venues across the county including a regular Dimension FM night at the Elephant and Castle in Ketley. The station also branched out into selling mix CD’s and Dimension caps and jackets via their website.

After broadcasting on the FM dial for over 4 years Dimension FM and its management had a major raid on Sunday 23rd September 2003. The studio, transmitter and peoples homes were raided, meaning a serious court case was inevitable. They decided to go out in a blaze of glory for one last weekend over the 17th and 18th of January 2004.

This court case started in February 2004 with fines and community service orders handed out the following month. Listeners rallied round and raised £400 for Dimension FM in the hope that it could win a battle to start broadcasting again with a legitimate licence. However the station decided there were too many obstacles in the way so the money was donated to the cause of a local girl with cerebral palsy and whose family hoped to take her to Florida for dolphin therapy.

The station decided it had proved itself as a true leader in pirate radio in the West Midlands, so decided to refocus its attention to the legal side of radio. Part of this was to join forces with other ex pirate operators and create a new internet only radio station broadcasting each and every night live from their website and others. There were also plans to apply for an RSL licence so as to get back onto the FM dial with the hope to gain a full time ‘community licence’.

More on Dimension FM can be found on the following pages:

The Studio Story
Reviews about Dimensions signal and output from the listeners
The Court Case
Facebook Page

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Dimension FM – 2002

Audio

Mart, XL & Spangles – Early 200146 mins
Spangles & Chemist – Early 200146 mins
Mart & XL – Early 200147 mins
DJ Mart – Spring 200145 mins
Gavin G & Mart – Spring 200145 mins
McRae & Gavin G – Spring 200145 mins
McRae – Spring 200145 mins
DJ XL & Spangles – 17/6/01149 mins
Bry & Tree – 18/8/01
90 mins
2 Wise Men, Colin Macrae & Mart – 26/8/01
96 mins
2 Wise Men – Summer 200193 mins
DJ Kuz – Summer 200145 mins
Naylor – Summer 200145 mins
Spangles Chat Show – Autumn 200193 mins
October  2001150 mins
Spangles, Kuz & Mart – 9/11/01
96 mins
Dimension Overnight Mix CD – 10/11/01
56 mins
Mart & XL – 23/11/01
95 mins
K T – 1/12/0148 mins
Fracus, Paula & Deano – 1/12/01
95 mins
Mart – 13/1/02
95 mins
Spangles – 10/3/02146 mins
Kuz & Mart – April 200294 mins
Deano – Spring 200247 mins
DJ Bry – Spring 200244 mins
2 Wise Men – 200244 mins
Deano & Superman – Jan 2003150 mins
Saulty & Spangles – Jan 2003141 mins
Spangles – Jan 2003112 mins
Fracus – 1/3/03146 mins
Clipper & Thumpa – 3/5/0394 mins
Spangles – Chat Show – May 2003
203 mins
Kuz & Mart – May 200363 mins
DJ Long, Mart & Mini – July 2003161 mins
Dubmaster, Kuz & Mart – July 2003135 mins
Spangles – Chat Show – 13/7/03131 mins
Spangles – Chat Show – August 2003125 mins
DJ Fracus – 2/8/0359 mins
Spangles – Chat Show – 17/8/03
158 mins
Kuz – 24/8/0347 mins
DJ Mart – 25/8/0347 mins
Kuz, Deno & Bomb – 25/8/03161 mins
Spangles – Chat Show – 31/8/03135 mins
Kuz – Quosh Record Set – 8/9/0362 mins

 

Dimension FM – Last Weekend – 17/1/04
DJ Bomb4 mins
Bry / Tree66 mins
Deano112 mins
Dubmaster59 mins
K T122 mins
Kuz62 mins
Naylor114 mins
Stevo118 mins
Superman58 mins
Thumpa / Clipper118 mins
Dimension FM – Last Weekend – 18/1/04
Cheadle / Hubby50 mins
Kimi30 mins
Kuz56 mins
Lych53 mins
Mart60 mins
Mi6 / 2K116 mins
Neeson121 mins
Spangles – Final Show132 mins
Taylor J50 mins