In 1979, some members of Celebration Radio wanted to break away and put a station on air with a broader appeal. This was to be Radio Floss, and the first test broadcast was made in September 1979 with the station opening on the 13th January 1980.
They broadcast from North London on 1350 kHz, usually on Sundays from 10 till 4. In the early days they played a broad mix of music including current releases, 60s and rock.
They had more members join in 1981, which led to the station splitting. The original station became Radio Floss South, with a new Radio Floss North on 1386 kHz playing rock music. This split didn’t last long and they soon reverted to a single service just playing rock.
The programmes were recorded “as live” on the Saturday before transmission, and the station had a good signal despite the modest power. This gave them a dedicated listener base who would often meet the team in the pub after transmissions ended!
In 1983 Floss started The Floss Rockshow, firstly at the Clarendon Hotel Hammersmith, and later at The White Hart in Acton and a heavy rock disco at the Roxborough pub in Harrow. These gigs became very lucrative for the station, and this did not go unnoticed by the authorities.
The raids went up from 2 or 3 a year, to 3 times in four weeks, so they decided to call it a day. Their farewell broadcast was in spring 1985, although the Floss roadshows continued for another 4 years.
Later, in August 1985, some of the Floss team came back on as 3 Boroughs Radio. They used one of the old Floss transmitters on 1350 kHz, later moving to 1125. Broadcasts were again on Sundays from 10 till 4 and continued until June 1986, when some staff were caught in a raid. Some presenters later joined nearby Radio Gemma, with some moving onto Radio Caroline and ILR.
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