Fm Stations in the 80's

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Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by fmdx » Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:22 am

List of Stations in the 80's around London, Essex and Kent.

WBLS 88.5
Radio Activity 88.6
Sunrise 88.75
London Rock 89.5
Eurojam 89.5
Network 21 89.6
R J R 90.0
Thameside 90.2
Skyline Radio 90.2
Pheonix 90.2
Rock 2 Rock 90.2
Chicargo 90.6
Estuary fm 90.8
CRN 90.8
WLIB 90.9
Faze 1 90.9
Soul Fm 91.0
Sky fm 91.6
Twilight 91.6
WNKR 91.8
RFL 92.0
LWR 92.5 / 92.05
Atlantis 92.5
Radio North Kent 92.8
Sunshine Radio 92.8
Southend Community Radio 92.8
Studio fm 92.9
Buzz fm 93.0
Solar Radio 93.0
Canvey Radio 93.1
CD93 93.2
Starpoint Radio 93.2
kiss 94.0
Laser 94.0
Chic Fm 94.3
Radio Zodiac 94.4
City Radio 94.5
Touch FM 96.1
Joy 97.85
Funk fm 98.0
Stage 98.1
Hits fm 98.3
Horizon 98.3
Q 102
TKO 102.4
JFM 102.8
Galaxy 103.0
Super fresh 103.3
Radio Atlantis 103.7
Time 103.7
JBC 104.3
Cruise FM 104.5
Radio Lola 105
Power FM 105
Hotwire Radio 105.1
Reel To Reel 105.3
Stomp FM 105.4
Quest FM 105.5
Inner City Radio 105.6
Future 105.7
BSR 106.0

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by Albert H » Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:14 am

Alice's Restaurant 90.2
Phoenix Radio 90.2
Bedside Radio 92.3
Metro Radio 90.5
AllHitRadio / Hits FM 102
Radio Weird 92.6
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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by famefm » 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

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by famefm » Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:59 pm

You forgot centre force 88.3 from 1989 and you could have had fame for 94.5 from 85 til 1986 and horizon was 102.5 and 94.5 never was 98.3 fm

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by famefm » Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:01 pm

I also forgot the so station that started soul radio invicta 92.4

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by famefm » Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:02 pm

Soul stations I ment

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by Steambod » Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:15 pm

Alices/Phoenix were the same group. Our Radio on 103.something had several substations including DBC using their tx. The Chris Miles LMR on 94.4 also carried Zodiac. Parkside from Roehampton on 90.2 as was Radio 23 (not sure of freq). Couple of spoof stations as well such as Radio Dog which I think was a dig at John Dawson. London FM on 94 (one of the early stereo ones with very good stereo).

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by Albert H » Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:12 pm

One April the First, there was "Red Flag Radio", which described itself as "London's first Socialist Radio Station, broadcasting from the People's Republic of Islington", on 1404 kHz MW. It was actually very funny, and successfully took the p*** out of Ken Livingstone and the GLC.

There was also "Radio-Blow-the-Gaff", which was another dig at Dawson (and a few others) over one Christmas. There was "Tramshed Radio" that spoofed Thameside, and even "Thargside Radio" featuring the robotic voice of "Brian Tharg".....

It really was worth tuning about in those days!
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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by drumandbasshead010 » Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:12 pm

anyone know if the Irish pirate of the 80's, Q102, got its name or were linked with the station mentioned here or vice versa?

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by Albert H » Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:13 pm

No. No link whatsoever.
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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by Albert H » Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:14 pm

Also missing - "Radio Duck" -"smogging all over the band...."
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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by Steambod » Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:21 pm

Uptown 94.4, Forestside Radio 92.5, Rooftop Radio 89.9 from Richmond, JFM 94.0.

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by duncanorak » Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:53 pm

Here are a few more, most from the very early 80s

Radio Veronica 96.3
Radio Liberty 90.2
Lea Valley Radio 90.4
Radio Telstar South 92.8
Radio Corina 92.4
Radio Alpha 92.5
Radio Titanic 92.4
Forestside Radio 90.4
Eastern Independent 90.2
Bromley Sounds 94.0
London FM 94.0
RIP 92.4
West Essex Radio 90.2
South London Radio (with Kenny Everett produced jingles)
London Weekend Radio (started as a pop station before morphing into LWR)
RFM 94.3
Hits FM 105.5
Station FM 88.9
Radio Shoestring 90.9

Also I remember hearing spoof stations Radio Roger (posh peoples station) Radio Red Flag (as mentioned by Albert but heard on FM) and NCR (a station about cash and extorsion ) I think they were all produced by the same group of people and were heard on successive bank holidays in 1980

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by famefm » Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:11 pm

Station fm didn't start till 1991

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by Albert H » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:04 pm

duncanorak wrote:
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:53 pm
Here are a few more, most from the very early 80s

Radio Veronica 96.3
Radio Liberty 90.2
Lea Valley Radio 90.4
Radio Telstar South 92.8
Radio Corina 92.4
Radio Alpha 92.5
Radio Titanic 92.4
Forestside Radio 90.4
Eastern Independent 90.2
Bromley Sounds 94.0
London FM 94.0
RIP 92.4
West Essex Radio 90.2
South London Radio (with Kenny Everett produced jingles)
London Weekend Radio (started as a pop station before morphing into LWR)
RFM 94.3
Hits FM 105.5
Station FM 88.9
Radio Shoestring 90.9

Also I remember hearing spoof stations Radio Roger (posh peoples station) Radio Red Flag (as mentioned by Albert but heard on FM) and NCR (a station about cash and extorsion ) I think they were all produced by the same group of people and were heard on successive bank holidays in 1980
"Bedside Radio" 92.3 MHz - a late night rock station in South London with spectacular coverage - their site was on Sydenham Hill, with a great view over London. Used to take live phone calls!

"Radio Activity" 93 MHz - often came from the Wandsworth Bridge blocks and usually had good coverage.

"Breakfast Music Radio" 95.5MHz - played pop for two hours each weekday morning as an alternative to all the adverts on Crapital!

"Radio North Kent" 92.8 MHz - Sunday evenings to North Kent and South London. Often broadcast with battery powered gear from tall trees in high areas near Biggin Hill and Chelsfield. Famously drifted downwards and caused interference to......

"Radio Weird" 92.6 MHz - mostly broadcast on the Full Moon! Famously beheaded Justin Simmonds of Radio North Kent on the air after an on-air "Court" hearing:

"Justin Simmons. You stand accused of interfering with a much nicer radio station. How do you plead?"

"Sycophantically, your Honour!"

Pirate Radio was much more fun in those days - much more creative! "Weird" had some great presenters - "Legless Lurch", "Andy B Driver" (drove a bus, of course), "Lug-less Douglas", "Hugo Lee-Jay" and several more. Very silly!
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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by famefm » Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:36 pm

Completely agree pirate radio 30 years ago was 100 times more interesting than now when certain stations now just can't even be bothered to actually programme any shows

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by Effemm » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:40 pm

Dance 93.
SLII sets were the bollox , i got tapes to proove 😙
Also Paul Dodd on JFM, 80's electro show, before Westwood's on LWR, a Sat night,
Mastermind Road Show good grooves on LWR were good too, tapes to proove, rocking horse shit comes to mind...
Wasn't there a Green Apple Radio around the same time as Invicta ? Those days of earthing the aerial to hear a bit better with yr finger n thumb are so missed

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by famefm » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:49 pm

Green apple was late 80s early 90s from Slough

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by Effemm » Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:27 pm

I'd love to be involved in a set up that played snipits of the 80's scene over the air...people tuning in would think they've been in a bad dream over the last 20/30 odd years of hearing the same rubbish through there radios.

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Re: Fm Stations in the 80's

Post by Albert H » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:21 pm

Effemm wrote:
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:27 pm
I'd love to be involved in a set up that played snippits of the 80's scene over the air...people tuning in would think they've been in a bad dream over the last 20/30 odd years of hearing the same rubbish through there radios.
Funny you should say that. I heard a test transmission in North London recently in the middle of the night that did just that. They had an old "Kenny Myers" tape from RFL from about 1979 or 80. It had a wide selection of - mostly - rock tracks, presented in a relaxed and informative style.... I wonder if Myers is going to come out of retirement and put RFL on again, and that was what the test was for?

I also found some old programme tapes from a couple of stations that I was involved with back then, and they're very much more worth listening to than the frankly boring rubbish that's on today.

Modern technology has made the radio game much easier. One station I put in in Eastern Europe has to run pre-recorded shows and don't want to go near their site, so they have a little computer with the transmitter (that also does the stereo coding and RDS), which plays out the programmes in sequence. The clever thing is that there's no permanent link to the site - the uploads are done in "burst mode", with a one
hour programme uploaded in a few seconds! Their link transmitter is only active - from various places - for a few seconds each day, so the authorities can't find them. Their rig site is also highly secure (actually bricked shut, with much of the gear in concrete), and there's a UPS which keeps it on the air during the fairly frequent power cuts. The authorities leave it alone (mostly) because they don't like the hassle they get if it goes off. That's real Rebel Radio!
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