London pirate radio - biggest/most critical scene in the world?

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by stethoscope, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut ... the Great.

    CodeSouth continues down on the south coast around Brighton & beyond, been on for years now. :thumbs:

    Meanwhile Radio Caroline is not only now licenced on the former BBC World Service frequency of 648 AM for Suffolk & north Essex, but ironically is also using their former transmission site & mast at Oxfordness! :D

    About 70 MPs supported Caroline getting an AM licence, 'community' stations normally only get flea power, OFCOM invented a new 'community of interest' licence (i.e., in this case, people into the adult album format) and granted them 1Kw - covering most of the south-east & into London!

    They are also on various of these trial DAB mini-multiplexes, and just added the central London one to their list.

    Radio Caroline is actually the oldest UK radio station, starting offshore in 1964, before Radios 1-4 launched in 1967!
  2. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    I can't get either of those now either.

    I'm listening to Point Blank a lot now which is generally dance music (they're also on the internet) it's really nice and clear.
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  3. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Flex FM finally going legal today in just under an hour they launch 12pm Midday 1/7/2018.

    101.4FM - Best BELIEVE

    (Also available on TuneIn etc)

    Anyone else gonna be locked in?
  4. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    I'll give em a listen but heading out of London so won't be for long, they'll be my commute station if they're any copies in this incarnation.

    Can't seem to get rinse on my car radio anymore?
  5. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    UPDATE: Flex FM are now lanching at 1pm. In around 20 mins.

    Keep it locked in.
  6. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Listened to Flex FM for a few hours yesterday, and again this morning. Didn't notice a huge difference except it sounds bit more slick and legit. I'm hoping it won't turn into just another generic bland commercial dance station a la Kiss.

    Anyone else listened in yet?
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  7. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut ... the Great.

    We used to have a promo on one of the Irish pirates I worked for, in the 80s, that said, 'Hits954, lock it in, and rip your knob off'.

    I think we nicked it off Laser558.
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  8. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    I've had a listen, a bit yesterday (they were on air before 13:00? :confused:), yesterday evening at around 22:00 and this morning. Was hoping to catch a show other than yer variations on commericial/chart house type stuff (you'll have to excuse my mislabelling iof genres, so out of touch :D ) but nada. I am aware their pirate schedule was mostly in this vein though.

    Gonna have to check their schedule, I guess fri/sat evenings are where I will find what I seek!
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  9. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    In other vaguely pirate related news: I saw a poster for Huckleberry Finn who is playing a gig in Coulsdon (deepest darkest outskirts of Croydon). He used to play on Girls FM 25 years ago. tempted even though it'll probably be yer commercial house that Ive just expressed a desire to duck on Flex :facepalm:
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  10. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    They were doing test transmissions up until 13:00. Supposed to launch at 12:00 BST but pushed back by 1 hr.
  11. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    yes caught a few minutes of Flex yesterday....must be much stronger signal as i never used to pick them up on FM this way and this was Bromley :thumbs: look forward to more
  12. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    I enjoyed some of the studio chat in the afternoon about the old illegal days where they were finally able to reveal some of the shenanigans publicly for the first time ever :D

    ETA. They seem to be playing some good dark garage right now :cool:
  13. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    ahh yes that makes sense,
    there was some announcement things saying it was a test :oops:

    cant listen at work :mad:
  14. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Catching Oliver Suddens show today, Thursday 12 - 2, lovely crate digging selection. Oliver is or was a UK hip hop MC so I expect there'll be some of that in the mix too... Anyhow classy show. Flex signal strong too
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  15. kenny g

    kenny g Wake up!

    It was a generic jingle from the US stations -
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  16. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut ... the Great.

    Which would make sense as Laser558 was programmed by & largely staffed by American DJs.

    We did run a competition, can't remember the prize, but people had to drop their knobs into the radio station for the chance to win, we had all sorts of knobs from electrical stuff, a few door knobs, etc., dropped-off. The the winners was a bakery delivering a knob baked out of pasty, in the shape of a cock & two balls.
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  17. kenny g

    kenny g Wake up! hottest hits.mp3 is very similar to one of the Laser558 jingles. Can remember writing on my school book at the time, "When the others keep on talking I keep on working."
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  18. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut ... the Great.

    That is a Laser one, it has their famous 'laser zapping' sound effect, that's one we used in Ireland on Hits954 (which is in that url), we had studio quality copies of all their jingles, generously supplied by one of their British engineers.
  19. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut ... the Great.

    kenny g - thanks for linking to that, on this page there's a nice piece about Hits954: Liam Byrne's corner of the web

    * We had problems with the AM transmitter at launch, we finally got it on full power about 3 or 4 weeks later.

    This brings back happy memories, we had a right old laugh 'gate-crashing' the RTE Radio 2 outside event...


    And, referenced in my earlier posts:


    Another Laser jingle, this one was edited to take out 558 & replace with 954:

    Blimey, there's a couple of very short clips of the DJs: Warner.mp3 How tight he was, never crashing the vocals. Lewis.mp3 More laid back evening & overnight style. Shearer.mp3 Bonkers breakfast show.

    - If I say so myself, they were a bunch of bloody professional DJs, all very good at changing their style depending on the time of the day.

    ETA: Because we were 'hot hits', less waffle, more music, we had a sign above the mic that read - 'Fuck all to say? Say fuck all!' :D

    We had professional broadcast standard studio equipment, all ex-BBC stuff from Northern Ireland, no idea if it came to us legally or if some BBC staffer nicked it & fogged it to us, we didn't ask :D, but it was bloody good stuff.
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  20. kenny g

    kenny g Wake up!

    Amazing how professional the Irish pirates became considering the size of the size of the population covered. That website mentioned lots of folks from the Voice of Peace worked on Hits.. was there a lot of crossover?
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  21. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut ... the Great.

    For anyone that doesn't know, Voice of Peace was an offshore radio station that served the Middle East for 20 years, anchored off the Israeli coast, and it was a great training ground for DJs.

    The original pirate I worked for was ABC Radio Tramore/Waterford, and the launch of that was actually plotted on board the Peace ship, when news reached them about the loophole in Irish law, that had basically created a situation where pirates could operate 24/7 without risk of action against them.

    So, yes, there was a big cross-over between ABC, Hits954, the Voice of Peace, and indeed Radio Caroline, when they returned from their new ship in 1983. One of the ABC DJs, Robin Ross - the guy with the big glasses in the video below, actually left to join the new Caroline ship in Spain, before the journey to its anchorage in the Thames Estuary, so was one of the first voices heard when it relaunched.

    Most had started off on UK land-based pirates, before heading to the offshore stations and Ireland.

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  22. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Looks like Flex on a Tuesday is dnb/jungle night...three shows on b2b...tonight had Bryan G and now Kane interviewing Ragga Twins and Navigator talking right back to Unity sound days....:thumbs:
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  23. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut ... the Great.

  24. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Some right annnoying twats on Flex FM this morning. I said I was fearful of the future now they’ve gone legit... and I’m listening to two DJs playing movie themes and getting listeners to phone in to guess what they are.
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  25. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

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  26. moody

    moody Being alive increases risk of death.

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  27. Ground Elder

    Ground Elder Well-Known Member

    That makes me feel old :thumbs: :D
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  28. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut ... the Great.

    Someone sent me a link to this site recently - Home - The Pirate Archive - there's loads of stuff on there about pirates across the country, use the drop-down menu under the 'STATIONS' tab in the header to select an area.

    I've not had time to dig around it yet, just landed on the DBC, Dread Broadcasting Corporation, page - DBC - London - The Pirate Archive - it has loads of audio plus video, press cuttings, etc.
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  29. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Anyone remember MC Killer from the original Tower Block Dreams doc which People Just Do Nothing was based on. Just stumbled on a video of a clip of him on Newsnight some 13 years later in 2016 doing a vox pop on Newsnight about Brexit (pre-referrendum).

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  30. ffsear

    ffsear Well-Known Member

    LOL, great spot... He was an utter bell end!
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