Girls FM originally started broadcasting from Brighton on 99.3 FM in mid 1993. Kenny Hawkes, who was to later on become the Girls FM manager, heard the station advertising for new presenters, so joined himself up.
Kenny, a little while later, moved to London and set the station back up there, where it was to become one of the biggest London pirates of it’s time.
Girls FM started broadcasting to London on the 13th April 1994 on 106.6 FM, where it ran until closing in late 95 / early 96. During it’s time on air, Girls FM used to have one of the better pirate signals. This was down to their use of a much more powerful transmitter and as such could be heard for many miles outside London. At their peak they ended up running for 24 hours a day 7 days a week and there were also claims the station was getting up to a million listeners a week, although this cannot be proven.
The station wanted to sound different to all the other stations at the time, and refused to use the usual ‘pirate speak’ you tend to hear on air. Their aim was to have presenters who could speak good English and use the microphone properly and play quality music.
Girls FM used to play all types of House music, some Techno and a little Speed Garage too, while trying to avoid playing a lot of the more disposable commercial music that was around at the time.
With it’s more professional output, Girls FM had around 22 DJ’s at it’s peak with names such as Kenny Hawkes, Luke Solomon, Huckleberry Finn, Kenny Charles, Arthur C Clark and Ty Holden to name but a few.
Unfortunately in June 2011, Kenny Hawkes the station manager passed away after suspected Liver failure. Being as Kenny was also a well known DJ & producer in the music scene, tributes were paid to him from many big name DJ’s such as Felix Da Housecat, Fabio and Carl Cox to name but a few.
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