Fm Stations in the 80's

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by PirateTapes » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:22 am

famefm wrote:
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Chicago 90.6 wasn't the 80s it was 1996 and only ran for about 2 years and unusual for a pirate station only ran on weekdays

There was a Chicago 87 though.On air in 1987. Think it was 94.5 in stereo.

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by PirateTapes » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:26 am

PirateTapes wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:22 am
famefm wrote:
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:44 pm
Chicago 90.6 wasn't the 80s it was 1996 and only ran for about 2 years and unusual for a pirate station only ran on weekdays

There was a Chicago 87 though.On air in 1987. Think it was 94.5 in stereo.

Just found a bit of info on them. Apparently they might of been on 90.6 aswell.

Chicago '87 94.5 FM

Formerly Horizon '87 and now playing upfront soul and Chicago house music.

News

After broadcasting mostly at weekends since the start of the year and then managing a short stretch of 7 day a week broadcasting, Horizon '87 returned at the end of August and then transmuted Into Chicago '87 (reports suggested one Christopher Stewart Esq. was not happy about someone else using the name). Since then they've been keeping up 7 days a week broadcasting with hardly a break. The 94.5 signal reaches mainly South East London, Kent and Essex, so a new transmitter Is proposed to serve the rest of London on 90.6.

http://www.amfm.org.uk/tx/tx16/amfmlondon.html

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by famefm » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:01 pm

I'm not sure but I think it's highly unlikely the 1996 till 98 Chicago fm was the same as the station from 87 who Chris Stewart got upset with for calling it self horizon before changing it's name

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by teckniqs » Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:09 am

Wasn't Chicago the same station as Radio Active which came on straight after Pulse? Think it was ran by Montana/Tony Montana?

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by famefm » Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:09 pm

Maybe I can remember just before the 1996 Chicago there was a radio active. But again there was a 1980s radio active also that defently was a different station because they went on to become starpiont fm

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by PirateTapes » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:29 pm

I remember the Chicago around 96 on 90.6 and Radio Active before that. I very much doubt its the same as the 80's Chicago station.

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by Albert H » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:25 am

PirateTapes wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:26 am

There was a Chicago 87 though. On air in 1987. Think it was 94.5 in stereo.

Just found a bit of info on them. Apparently they might of been on 90.6 aswell.

Chicago '87 94.5 FM

Formerly Horizon '87 and now playing upfront soul and Chicago house music.

News

After broadcasting mostly at weekends since the start of the year and then managing a short stretch of 7 day a week broadcasting, Horizon '87 returned at the end of August and then transmuted Into Chicago '87 (reports suggested one Christopher Stewart Esq. was not happy about someone else using the name). Since then they've been keeping up 7 days a week broadcasting with hardly a break. The 94.5 signal reaches mainly South East London, Kent and Essex, so a new transmitter Is proposed to serve the rest of London on 90.6.

http://www.amfm.org.uk/tx/tx16/amfmlondon.html
The 1987 lot came from a couple of blocks in Plumstead and Woolwich. They had one rig seized from a block in Woolwich by the Army because they thought that it was a "suspect device"! They briefly used the same link frequency as RFM, so their rigs relayed RFM on Sundays!
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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by PirateTapes » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:51 am

Albert H wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:25 am
PirateTapes wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:26 am

There was a Chicago 87 though. On air in 1987. Think it was 94.5 in stereo.

Just found a bit of info on them. Apparently they might of been on 90.6 aswell.

Chicago '87 94.5 FM

Formerly Horizon '87 and now playing upfront soul and Chicago house music.

News

After broadcasting mostly at weekends since the start of the year and then managing a short stretch of 7 day a week broadcasting, Horizon '87 returned at the end of August and then transmuted Into Chicago '87 (reports suggested one Christopher Stewart Esq. was not happy about someone else using the name). Since then they've been keeping up 7 days a week broadcasting with hardly a break. The 94.5 signal reaches mainly South East London, Kent and Essex, so a new transmitter Is proposed to serve the rest of London on 90.6.

http://www.amfm.org.uk/tx/tx16/amfmlondon.html
The 1987 lot came from a couple of blocks in Plumstead and Woolwich. They had one rig seized from a block in Woolwich by the Army because they thought that it was a "suspect device"! They briefly used the same link frequency as RFM, so their rigs relayed RFM on Sundays!
Have a vague memory of something like that happening with LWR aswell with a rock station cutting in maybe on there link or main transmitter signal. Was RFM close to LWR at some point? Or was that RFL?

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by PirateTapes » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:52 am

PirateTapes wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:51 am
Albert H wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:25 am
PirateTapes wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:26 am

There was a Chicago 87 though. On air in 1987. Think it was 94.5 in stereo.

Just found a bit of info on them. Apparently they might of been on 90.6 aswell.

Chicago '87 94.5 FM

Formerly Horizon '87 and now playing upfront soul and Chicago house music.

News

After broadcasting mostly at weekends since the start of the year and then managing a short stretch of 7 day a week broadcasting, Horizon '87 returned at the end of August and then transmuted Into Chicago '87 (reports suggested one Christopher Stewart Esq. was not happy about someone else using the name). Since then they've been keeping up 7 days a week broadcasting with hardly a break. The 94.5 signal reaches mainly South East London, Kent and Essex, so a new transmitter Is proposed to serve the rest of London on 90.6.

http://www.amfm.org.uk/tx/tx16/amfmlondon.html
The 1987 lot came from a couple of blocks in Plumstead and Woolwich. They had one rig seized from a block in Woolwich by the Army because they thought that it was a "suspect device"! They briefly used the same link frequency as RFM, so their rigs relayed RFM on Sundays!

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by FMEnjoyer » Sun May 13, 2018 9:23 pm

Nice topic that bought back some memories of Saturday and Sundays tuning around listening out for a new logging and
stations. It felt like a window into another world, one of signal meters and illuminated spin wheel dials. Up and down the dial like a yo yo.
Testing out new antenna positions indoors, mainly dipoles or long bits of wire positioned to get specific stations. Put in the odd reception report following an on air request. A heady mix of rock, soul, oldies and happy hardcore, the latter more in the early nineties.

I'll be honest, the only thing that gets close are community stations these days. You know long gaps of silence
as they go boil a cuppa and the track runs out etc. Those days were unpredictable and fun and had an air of mystery about it all. Random switch offs, raids and staring out of your house seeing dipoles up and down from different stations. You knew who was on your local blocks cause they sent the needle to the end of the meter. :tup

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by Albert H » Mon May 14, 2018 2:35 am

famefm wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:09 pm
Maybe I can remember just before the 1996 Chicago there was a radio active. But again there was a 1980s radio active also that defently was a different station because they went on to become starpiont fm
The 80's stations was called "Radio Activity" on 93MHz or thereabouts. It was frequently in stereo and got pretty good coverage given the low blocks they used. Some of the people involved with that moved on to Starpoint, which mostly came from Crystal Palace.
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