Pirate Freedom FM returns with multi-city FM broadcasts

Former pirate Freedom FM is going back on the radio in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway for a month-long broadcast.

The station will be live from September 18th at 12pm till October 17th in Dublin on 105.2, Cork on 106.7, Limerick on 105.5 and Galway on 87.7.

Freedom FM first appeared from a garden shed in the Dublin suburb of Templeogue in 1995.

Transmissions from the shed continued until the vast majority of pirate radio stations in Dublin were forced off air in May 2003.

“Like many people last year during the extended lockdowns I found I had more time on my hands than I wanted. I suggested to Paul Kavanagh and Ralph McGarry, who co-founded the original station with me in 1995, we bring Freedom FM back as an online station’, said Sean Power, the main driver behind station.

“We launched in August 2020 with over 20 of the original DJs playing music from the 90s and noughties. The relaunch was all about reliving your youth for people who grew up during those two decades.”

“Many of the DJs began broadcasting on the pirate station in their teens. Now in their late thirties, and early forties, and scattered across the globe, it was like getting the band back together. We’ve had so much fun over the past 12 months”.

The station has been able to use modern technology to allow DJs broadcast from studios in their own homes, from anywhere around the world, with shows coming from as far afield as Vancouver, New York, and Sydney, as well as closer to home in Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Louth, Galway and Limerick.

The success of the online version encouraged the trio to consider returning to the FM band, but this time with a license. And with a bit of exuberance, they decided to push the boat out and apply to broadcast to Cork, Limerick and Galway cities too. An application was submitted to the BAI in May, and contracts were signed in September.

Freedom FM will be reliving the 90s and noughties with a mixture of Pop, R‘nB, Dance and Rock music as well as specialist music shows around the clock.

The station is no longer broadcasting from amongst the lawnmower, flower pots and paint pots in the garden shed in Templeogue, but has developed a custom built studio in Dublin 12.

Top photo: Paul Kavanagh, Sean Power with BAI Contract, Ralph McGarry of Freedom FM

This story first appeared on Radio Today