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 – 6/7/0058 mins
Ade Marks & Scott Davis – 13/10/01148 mins
Ade Marks – 6/11/01108 mins
Andy Hicks – Test – December 200048 mins
Andy Hicks – Show 1 – 200198 mins
Andy Hicks – Show 2 – 2001115 mins
Andy Hicks & Matt James – September 2001122 mins
Chico – 199925 mins
DJ Si25 mins
Mark Johnson – Last Show Of 1999128 mins
Mark Jordan – Saturday Surgery – 27/3/9990 mins
Matt James48 mins
Neil Edwards Clip – 199910 mins
Neil Edwards Classic Jams – 199947 mins
Neil Edwards Classic Jams – Easter Sunday 199928 mins
Neil Edwards – Ade Marks – 30/9/01143 mins
Neil Edwards Classic Jams – 7/10/01100 mins
Perfection & XXX – 199993 mins
Perfection & XXX 45 mins
Pete Baker – Summer 200092 mins
Pete Baker & PLT – Summer 2000133 mins
Pete Baker – August 2000125 mins
Pete Baker & PLT – 3/12/00125 mins
Pete Lawrence – 199992 mins
Pete Lawrence – Summer 199992 mins
Pete Lawrence – Easter 2000111 mins
PLT – Autumn 2000124 mins
PLT – November 200091 mins
PLT – 2000146 mins
PLT – 3/12/00150 mins
Reverend John – 199940 mins
Scott Davis – Chart Show 199992 mins
Scott Davis & DJ Trauma – Electro Show Special – 199993 mins
Scott Davis – 199991 mins
Scott Davis – Spring 199993 mins
Scott Davis – Halloween 199993 mins
Scott Davis – Spring 200093 mins
Scott Davis – Summer 200093 mins
Scott Davis – Autumn 200193 mins
Scott Davis – Adrian Marks – 1/10/01150 mins
Steve Harding65 mins
Steve Harding 1 – 200041 mins
Steve Harding 2 – 200029 mins
Steve Harding & Tony Deleon33 mins
Test Transmissions – TRG, Scott Davis & Matt James – Feb 02150 mins
Trauma & XXX94 mins
TRG – Part 1 – January 200045 mins
TRG – Part 2 – January 200045 mins
TRG – Part 1 – 200146 mins
TRG – Part 2 – 200145 mins
TRG – Scott Davis – 8/7/01150 mins
TRG – 4/11/0155 mins
TRG17 mins
Groove FM Overnight Mix CD – Mixed By XXX – 199974 mins
Groove FM Overnight Mix CD – Mixed By Ade Marks – 200073 mins
Groove FM Overnight Mix CD – Mixed By Ade Marks – June 200174 mins
Groove FM Overnight Mix CD – Mixed By Ade Marks – Oct 200174 mins
Groove FM Overnight Mix CD – Mixed By Ade Marks – Dec 200174 mins