Groove FM 99.7 LogoGroove FM was the second pirate radio station to be brought on air by Scott Davis, the founder of Exile FM. From the very start Groove had many of the old Exile presenters on board, which were joined by some of the key members of Unique FM, as well as few totally new to the West Midlands pirate scene.

With a strong line up of presenters from the very start, Groove FM first broadcast tests on 99.7FM over the Christmas and New Year period of 1998. The station then returned broadcasting dance music every weekend from late February 1999. Throughout that year with its format of upfront Dance, House and Trance music, the station built up a massive following, similar to that of its predecessor (Exile), with excellent signal coverage due to the stations transmitter being once again housed in Dudley flats.

After a good run throughout 1999, Groove went off the air for a few months after the Christmas and New Year broadcasts, due to the stations studio lease coming to an end. The station then returned to the air from a new studio in the spring of 2000, joined by a few new presenters. 2000 was to be Groove’s best year, with the line up even stronger than the previous year, and the phone line going non-stop during peak time shows.

Although many of the old skool pirate radio fans still regard Exile as the better of the two stations, in some ways Groove was superior, boasting some of the best presenting and produced shows heard on a West Midlands pirate station, as well as at times much better audio quality than its predecessor.

Groove had its first studio raid in early December 2000, and although the station attempted to get back on air for the Christmas and New Year period, the station suffered from a few technical difficulties and decided to go off the air for a while.

During the summer of 2001 Groove FM broadcast test transmissions most weekends with back to back dance mixes. Although there were the odd live show during that summer, Groove’s next full return was in late September of that year. Unfortunately after beginning to once again build up a large following, in early December 2001 Groove FM was raided again by the authorities.

A brief test transmission went out in the February of the following year, but due to the management of the station being prosecuted and having a CRCA injunction brought against them, Groove FM has not been heard since.

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Ade Marks – 6/7/00 58 mins
Ade Marks & Scott Davis – November 2000 NEW 132 mins
Ade Marks & Scott Davis – 30/9/01 NEW 143 mins
Ade Marks & Scott Davis – 13/10/01 148 mins
Ade Marks – 6/11/01 108 mins
Andy Hicks & Pete Lawrence – Easter 2000 UPDATED 149 mins
Andy Hicks – Test – December 2000 48 mins
Andy Hicks – Autumn 2001 NEW 99 mins
Andy Hicks & Matt James – 22/9/01 UPDATED 149 mins
Chico – 1999 46 mins
DJ Hagga & Pete Baker – Early 1999 NEW 93 mins
DJ Si 25 mins
Mark Johnson – 3/1/00 128 mins
Mark Jordan – Saturday Surgery – 27/3/99 90 mins
Matt James – Autumn 2001 NEW 50 mins
Neil Edwards – Clip – 1999 10 mins
Neil Edwards – Classic Jams – 1999 47 mins
Neil Edwards – Classic Jams – 4/4/99 28 mins
Neil Edwards & Ade Marks – 30/9/01 143 mins
Neil Edwards Classic Jams & Scott Davis – 7/10/01 UPDATED 149 mins
Perfection & XXX – 1999 93 mins
Perfection & XXX 45 mins
Pete Baker & PLT – 2000 NEW 149 mins
Pete Baker – August 2000 125 mins
Pete Baker – Internet Only Show – 17/12/00 NEW 131 mins
Pete Lawrence – 1999 UPDATED – TIME CORRECTED 102 mins
Pete Lawrence – Summer 1999 92 mins
PLT – 16/9/00 124 mins
PLT – November 2000 91 mins
PLT – 3/12/00 149 mins
PLT – 10/12/00 145 mins
Reverend John – 1999 40 mins
Scott Davis – Chart Show 1999 92 mins
Scott Davis & DJ Trauma – Electro Show Special – 1999 93 mins
Scott Davis – 1999 91 mins
Scott Davis – Spring 1999 93 mins
Scott Davis – Halloween 1999 93 mins
Scott Davis – Spring 2000 93 mins
Scott Davis – Summer 2000 93 mins
Scott Davis – Autumn 2001 93 mins
Scott Davis & Adrian Marks – 1/10/01 150 mins
Steve Harding – Show 1 – 2000 41 mins
Steve Harding – Show 2 – 2000 29 mins
Steve Harding & Tony Deleon 65 mins
Test Transmissions – TRG, Scott Davis & Matt James – Feb 02 150 mins
Trauma & XXX 94 mins
TRG – 1999 NEW 46 mins
TRG – Part 1 – January 2000 45 mins
TRG – Part 2 – January 2000 45 mins
TRG – 2001 UPDATED 91 mins
TRG, Andy Hicks & Matt James – 2001 UPDATED 149 mins
TRG & Scott Davis – 8/7/01 150 mins
TRG & Scott Davis – The Hot, The Not & The Pants NEW 149 mins
TRG – 4/11/01 55 mins
TRG 17 mins
Groove FM Overnight Mix CD – Mixed By XXX – 1999 74 mins
Groove FM Overnight Mix CD – Mixed By Ade Marks – 2000 73 mins
Groove FM Overnight Mix CD – Mixed By Ade Marks – June 2001 74 mins
Groove FM Overnight Mix CD – Mixed By Ade Marks – Oct 2001 74 mins
Groove FM Overnight Mix CD – Mixed By Ade Marks – Dec 2001 74 mins