Transmission Zero

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.

Keeping these lists up to date is a very difficult task, so if you have any additional information or spot something which isn’t correct, please send an update.

Active London Pirate Radio Stations

The radio stations in this table have recently been logged, and are therefore considered to be active.

List of active FM pirate radio stations in London
Frequency Name Format RDS
87.5 UK Raw Radio Drum ’n’ Bass, UK Garage
88.0 (stereo) Pulse88 Hip-Hop, RnB PULSE88 (+ RT)
88.2 Rude FM Drum ’n’ Bass RUDE FM (+ RT)
88.4 Vision Radio UK House, Soul, UK Garage (scrolling)
88.6 Back2Back FM Funk, House, Jazz, Soul B 2 B (+ RT)
89.4 Citylock Radio Hip-Hop, Reggae, 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, Reggae, RnB, Soul (scrolling + RT)
90.6 Freek FM Live Drum ’n’ Bass, House, UK Garage FREEK FM
90.8 Lightning Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB, Soul LIGHTNIN
91.6 Genesis Radio Drum ’n’ Bass, House, Reggae, RnB, Talk GENESIS
91.8 Live FM UK House, UK Garage (scrolling + RT)
92.2 MetroLoveRadio Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB, Soul (scrolling)
92.4 USD FM House
92.6 The Rock 926 Funk, Gospel, Jazz, Reggae, RnB, Soul ROK2ROK
93.0 Starpoint Radio House, Funk, Jazz, Soul
93.7 Vibes FM Reggae (scrolling + RT)
94.2 True Flavas UK Garage
94.4 Flames Radio Reggae (scrolling)
94.4 Street FM Bashment, Hip-Hop, House, RnB, Soul, UK Garage
94.6 Kool London Drum ’n’ Bass (scrolling + RT)
95.1 Origin UK Breakbeat Hardcore, Drum ’n’ Bass, House, Jungle (scrolling + RT)
95.4 UK Roots FM Reggae, Soul ROOTS FM (+ RT)
95.5 On Top FM Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB, Soul ONTOPFM
96.1 (stereo) S-Dance House (scrolling + RT)
96.4 Surprise Radio Nigerian
97.1 Rock 2 Rock Radio
97.7 SLR Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB, Soul
98.1 Mystic Radio Live Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB
98.3 RJR London Reggae, Soul (scrolling)
99.1 Hotter Lava Radio
99.3 (stereo) Select UK Radio House SELECTUK (+ RT)
99.5 Venture FM Reggae VENTURE
99.6 Ragga FM Ragga
99.7 Flex FM Breakbeat, Drum ’n’ Bass, Dubstep, Grime, UK Garage (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 Gospel, Hip-Hope, RnB
101.2 Unique FM Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB, Soul UNIQUE (+ RT)
101.3 Spice Radio 1 Reggae, RnB, Soul, Calypso, Talk
101.5 Empire LDN UK Garage
101.7 Flight FM Drum ’n’ Bass, Dubstep, Hip-Hop, House, RnB, UK Garage
101.8 Bizim FM Turkish BIZIM FM
101.9 Beat FM Reggae BEAT FM
102.0 Concious Radio Reggae, 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 WBLS Radio Ghanaian
103.9 Muzik Radio Reggae MUZIK FM
104.1 Omega Radio Talk (scrolling)
104.2 Dem Radyo Turkish DEM90 FM
104.7 Pozitif Turkish
105.2 Heart Of Love Radio Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB
105.6 Lips Radio Gospel, Reggae, Talk (scrolling + RT)
105.6 Playback UK Dubstep, UK Garage (scrolling + RT)
106.5 (stereo) Project Radio House (scrolling)
108.0 One Drop FM

Non-London Pirate Stations (Active & Inactive)

These stations are not London based, but they may be audible in London depending on your location, receiving equipment, and atmospheric conditions. This list contains both active and inactive non-London stations, as I don’t receive enough updates to keep this list current.

List of non-London FM pirate radio stations
Frequency Name Approximate Coverage Format RDS
87.7 (stereo) Freshsoundz Oxfordshire House, UK Garage (scrolling)
87.7 Raw FM Sussex
87.8 Hazard FM Kent Drum ’n’ Bass, Dubstep, Grime, Hip-Hop, House
88.3 Monster House Radio Essex House MHR
92.1 Desire South Essex & North Kent Drum ’n’ Bass, House, UK Garage
92.8 (stereo) Release FM Berkshire & South West London Deep House, House
93.0 Blitz Radio UK Essex Reggae, RnB, Soul
93.0 Freshsoundz Kent House, UK Garage (scrolling)
93.9 Fresh Radio UK Kent Drum ’n’ Bass, Funk, House, Soul, Trance, UK Garage FRESH
96.0 (unidentified) Sussex
97.9 Lush FM Portsmouth House
98.3 Demand UK South Essex & North Kent Drum ’n’ Bass, House, UK Garage
98.3 Rise Nation Essex Breakbeat, Drum ’n’ Bass, Funk, Hardcore, House, UK Funky, UK Garage ONE LOVE
98.5 CodeSouth Brighton & Hove and surroundings House, Liquid Funk, Reggae, Techno CODESTH
99.8 iFM Kent Drum ’n’ Bass, Dubstep, Hardcore, House, UK Garage IFM 91.6
101.2 Nasty FM South Essex Grime
103.7 Shake FM Essex & East London Drum ’n’ Bass, Funk, House, Jazz, UK Garage
104.7 Horizon FM South Essex House, Oldskool, Trance HORIZON

Inactive London 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
87.5 Sala Al Hawa Arabic
87.8 Crystal Studios
87.9 Shine 87.9 Drum ’n’ Bass, House, UK Garage (scrolling + RT)
90.6 South Side UK Radio Funk, House, UK Garage
92.7 Confidence Radio Bashment, Calypso, Oldies
92.7 Natural Vibez Radio
92.9 Klick Radio Reggae, RnB, Soul
94.2 Atlantis FM Soul
95.3 Deep FM UK House DEEPFMUK (+ RT)
96.3 Hot 96 Reggae, RnB
97.5 Blazing Radio (scrolling)
97.8 Bassline Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB
97.9 The Station With No Name House
99.1 Havit Live Bashment, Reggae, RnB, UK Garage HAVIT
102.5 Innacity FM Breakbeat, Reggae, UK Garage (scrolling)
106.0 Savior Radio (scrolling)
107.7 Golden Beats Radio Ghanaian
108.0 Rise FM UK Garage

How You Can Help

Please bear in mind that the accuracy of the list depends on your feedback, so I would greatly appreciate any information about:

You can send your updates via the contact page of this site, and I’ll get the information added as soon as possible. Please only send information which you know to be accurate though.