Longest running pirate?

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Re: Longest running pirate?

Post by famefm » Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:40 pm

January 1991 station came on when supreme closed down the first time

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Re: Longest running pirate?

Post by famefm » Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:33 pm

Genesis first came on in 1989 but has had loads of breakes I am sure only station fm has been continues all the time so it's got to be station fm for the oldest

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Re: Longest running pirate?

Post by djmysterykanefm » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:49 pm

Thats nuts about Lightning 90.8. I got a tape from jan 89. I don't get up London much anymore. I see they were off a couple of years but shocked to here they are still about. And on the same frequency. Although i remember for a while them being on 91 fm even tho they said 90.8. That was in Chiswick area very early 90s.

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Re: Longest running pirate?

Post by famefm » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:03 am

Absolutely right they always called it 90.8 but they were actually on 91.0 till 1994 when the BBC put more transmitters for radio 123 and 4 at crystal palace radio 3 getting 91.0 fm it was funny they used to say 90.8 five years before they left 91 to go on 90.8

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Re: Longest running pirate?

Post by teckniqs » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:32 am

Easy Jack, hope all is good and good to see you back on here fella.

....You got loads of interesting old tape recordings, haven't you?

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Re: Longest running pirate?

Post by djmysterykanefm » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:14 am

teckniqs wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:32 am
Easy Jack, hope all is good and good to see you back on here fella.

....You got loads of interesting old tape recordings, haven't you?
Easy mate. Yeah I'm alright mate. Been manic with getting married recently and god knows what else. All good tho thanks :)
Yeah slowly sorting some of my tapes out. The Lightning one is funny. One point some female DJ says they had spoken to the DTI about getting a licence... then she started playing some 'sheep noise sound effects' saying this it was they said.

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Re: Longest running pirate?

Post by Lordunderground » Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:30 am

Another contender, been around a while maybe not the longest but consistent Vibes FM

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Re: Longest running pirate?

Post by famefm » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:45 pm

Actually I forgot about them they could beat station vibes have been on since late 1990

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Re: Longest running pirate?

Post by teckniqs » Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:05 pm

So far it seem it's between Cyndicut and Genesis, I don't care if they have gone off air and came back on again and that does not excude them from being on the longest.

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Re: Longest running pirate?

Post by famefm » Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:10 pm

If you put it that way it has to be lightning January 89 I would have said RJR but I can't because it's not the original RJR at the moment but the first RJR was 1986

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Re: Longest running pirate?

Post by Lordunderground » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:48 pm

But Lightning have had sustained periods off (years) so it cannot be them. If you catch the Vibe, pardon the punt.

I recall in their early days Lightning had Jumping Jack Frost and Brian Gee doing shows before Drum and Bass conception (89)

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Re: Longest running pirate?

Post by famefm » Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:15 pm

I think you will find it was only one for about 3 years at the end of the 90s

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Re: Longest running pirate?

Post by Albert H » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:02 pm

It's probably RFL - Radio Free London. Started on August 7th or 8th 1967 on medium wave and still made sporadic transmissions until the early years of this century on FM. A couple of the people involved were with the station for almost 40 years!
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