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London’s FM Pirate Radio Stations



Introduction

If you perform a bandscan of the FM dial in London, particularly at the weekend or during the evening, you are likely to reveal a large number of unlicensed pirate radio stations. These are instantly recognisable by their distinctive sound—playing musical styles such as House, UK Garage, Grime, DnB, Reggae, and numerous “Old Skool” genres, and perhaps being aimed towards a specific community. They typically operate at low power, resulting in a more limited coverage area than most commercial radio stations. They are sometimes used by people interested in DX in order to test the performance of their radio and antenna.

This page contains details of the pirate radio stations which can be heard in London, and includes (where appropriate) frequencies, program format, and RDS (PS and RT) information. Information about stations which have closed down can be found in the pirate radio stations of the past article, and information about commercial and community radio stations can be found in the London’s local FM radio stations article.

Active Pirate Radio Stations

The radio stations in this table have recently been logged, and are therefore considered to be active. If you want to follow major updates to this list, you can do so by using the Facebook “like” button at the top of the page. Details of how to send updates can be found towards the end of the article.

List of active FM pirate radio stations in London
Frequency Name Format RDS
87.5 (unidentified) Turkish
87.7 South Side Radio Funk, House, UK Garage
87.9 Shine 87.9 Drum ’n’ Bass, House, UK Garage (scrolling + RT)
88.0 Pulse88 RnB PULSE88
88.2 Rude FM Drum ’n’ Bass RUDE FM (+ RT)
88.4 Vision Radio UK House, UK Garage (scrolling)
88.6 Back2Back FM Funk, Jazz, Soul B 2 B (+ RT)
89.6 Citylock Radio Hip-Hop, RnB (scrolling)
89.8 Station FM Hip-Hop, Reggae (scrolling)
90.0 Hot 90 Ghanaian
90.2 (stereo) Point Blank FM Acid Jazz, Breakbeat, Funk, House, Liquid Funk (scrolling + RT)
90.4 Whoa FM Hip-Hop, House, RnB, Soul (scrolling + RT)
90.6 Freek FM Live Drum ’n’ Bass, House FREEK FM
90.8 Lightning Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB, Soul LIGHTNIN
91.5 (unidentified)
91.8 Live FM UK UK Garage (scrolling + RT)
92.2 MetroLoveRadio Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB, Soul (scrolling)
92.4 (unidentified)
92.6 Rock 2 Rock Radio Funk, Gospel, Jazz, Reggae, RnB, Soul ROK2ROK
92.7 Natural Vibez Radio
93.7 Vibes FM Reggae (scrolling)
94.4 Flames Radio Reggae (scrolling)
94.6 Kool London Drum ’n’ Bass (scrolling + RT)
95.3 Deep FM UK
95.4 UK Roots FM Reggae, Soul ROOTS FM (+ RT)
95.5 On Top FM Grime, RnB, UK Garage ONTOPFM
96.1 (stereo) S-Dance House (scrolling + RT)
96.3 Hot 96 Reggae, RnB
96.4 Surprise Radio Nigerian
97.7 SLR Reggae, RnB, Soul
97.9 (unidentified) House
98.1 Mystic Radio Live Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB
98.3 RJR London Reggae, Soul (scrolling)
99.3 (stereo) Select UK Radio Electro-House, House (scrolling + RT)
99.5 Venture FM Reggae VENTURE
99.7 Flex FM Breakbeat, Drum ’n’ Bass, Dubstep, Grime (scrolling)
99.8 Supreme FM Live Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB, Soca, Soul (scrolling)
100.3 House FM House HOUSE FM (+ RT)
101.1 Naija FM RnB
101.2 Unique FM Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB UNIQUE (+ RT)
101.3 Spice
101.5 Empire FM UK Garage
101.7 Flight FM
101.8 Bizim FM Turkish BIZIM FM
102.0 Concious Radio Soul
102.5 Galaxy Hip-Hop, Jazz, Reggae, Soul, Talk (scrolling + RT)
102.8 Radyo Umut Turkish RDYOUMUT
103.0 London Live Drum ’n’ Bass, House, RnB, UK Garage LDN LIVE(+ RT)
103.0 (unidentified)
103.7 Shake FM (Essex) Funk, House, Jazz, UK Garage
104.1 Omega Radio Talk (scrolling)
104.2 Dem Radyo Turkish DEM90 FM
104.3 (stereo) Logic FM UK Garage -LOGIC-
105.2 Heart Of Love Radio Reggae
105.6 Playback UK Dubstep, UK Garage (scrolling + RT)
106.5 (stereo) Project Radio House (scrolling)
107.7 (unidentified)
108.0 Rise FM UK Garage

Inactive Pirate Stations

These stations are assumed to be inactive, because they haven’t been logged for many weeks or months. This doesn’t necessarily mean the stations have closed down, as it’s quite common for stations to take extended breaks, and sometimes they change frequencies too.

List of inactive FM pirate radio stations in London
Frequency Name Format RDS
87.7 (stereo) SOTS (Oxfordshire & Berkshire) Electro-House, House (scrolling)
87.8 Crystal Studios
87.8 Hazard FM (Kent) Drum ’n’ Bass, Dubstep, Grime, Hip-Hop, House
88.3 Monster House Radio (Essex) House MHR
88.8 CodeSouth (Brighton & Hove and surroundings) House, Liquid Funk, Reggae, Techno CODESTH
91.6 iFM (Kent) Drum ’n’ Bass, Dubstep, Hardcore, House, UK Garage IFM 91.6
92.0 Scream London Drum ’n’ Bass
92.1 Desire (South Essex & North Kent)
92.7 Confidence Radio Bashment, Calypso, Oldies
92.8 Hype Radio Hip-Hop, House, RnB (scrolling + RT)
92.9 Klick Radio Reggae, RnB, Soul
93.0 Soul Radio UK Soul SOULUK93 (+ RT)
93.0 Blitz Radio UK (Essex) Reggae, RnB, Soul
93.9 Fresh (Kent) Drum ’n’ Bass, Funk, House, Soul, Trance, UK Garage FRESH
94.4 Street FM Bashment, Hip-Hop, House, RnB, Soul, UK Garage
95.1 Origin UK Breakbeat Hardcore, Drum ’n’ Bass, House, Jungle (scrolling + RT)
96.5 WBLS Radio Ghanaian
97.0 Demand UK (South Essex & North Kent) Drum ’n’ Bass, House, UK Garage
97.1 NRG Live
97.5 Blazing Radio (scrolling)
97.8 Bassline Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB
97.9 Infront (Brighton & Hove and surroundings) Drum ’n’ Bass, Reggae, UK Garage INFRONT
98.3 Rise Nation (Essex) Breakbeat, Drum ’n’ Bass, Funk, Hardcore, House, UK Funky, UK Garage ONE LOVE
99.1 Havit Live Bashment, Reggae, RnB, UK Garage HAVIT
99.6 Ragga FM Ragga
101.2 Nasty FM (South Essex) Grime
101.9 The Beat Reggae BEAT FM
102.5 Innacity FM Breakbeat, Reggae, UK Garage (scrolling)
104.0 Muzik Radio Reggae MUZIK FM
104.7 Pozitif Turkish
104.7 Horizon FM (South Essex) House, Oldskool, Trance HORIZON
105.1 (stereo) Release FM (Berkshire & South London) Deep House, House
106.0 UK Obsession (Essex) UK Garage

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