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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 Sala Al Hawa Drum ’n’ Bass, UK Garage
87.5 UK Raw Radio Arabic
87.7 (unidentified) House
87.7 (stereo) Freshsoundz (Oxfordshire) House, UK Garage (scrolling)
87.8 Hazard FM (Kent) Drum ’n’ Bass, Dubstep, Grime, Hip-Hop, House
87.9 Shine 87.9 Drum ’n’ Bass, House, UK Garage (scrolling + RT)
88.0 (stereo) Pulse88 RnB PULSE88 (+ RT)
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)
89.4 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)
90.8 Lightning Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB, Soul LIGHTNIN
91.5 (unidentified)
91.6 Genesis Radio Drum ’n’ Bass, House, Reggae, RnB, Talk GENESIS
91.8 Live FM UK 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 Freshsoundz House, UK Garage (scrolling)
93.7 Vibes FM Reggae (scrolling + RT)
93.9 Fresh (Kent) Drum ’n’ Bass, Funk, House, Soul, Trance, UK Garage FRESH
94.4 Flames Radio Reggae (scrolling)
94.6 Kool London Drum ’n’ Bass (scrolling + RT)
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)
96.4 Surprise Radio Nigerian
97.7 SLR Reggae, RnB, Soul
97.9 The Station With No Name House
98.1 Mystic Radio Live Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB
98.3 RJR London Reggae, Soul (scrolling)
98.5 CodeSouth (Brighton & Hove and surroundings) House, Liquid Funk, Reggae, Techno CODESTH
99.1 (unidentified)
99.3 (stereo) Select UK Radio Electro-House, House SELECTUK(+ RT)
99.5 Venture FM Reggae VENTURE
99.6 Ragga FM Ragga
99.7 Flex FM Breakbeat, Drum ’n’ Bass, Dubstep, Grime (scrolling)
99.8 Supreme FM Live Hip-Hop, Reggae, RnB, Soca, Soul (scrolling)
99.8 iFM (Kent) Drum ’n’ Bass, Dubstep, Hardcore, House, UK Garage IFM 91.6
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 (unidentified)
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 (unidentified)
103.7 Shake FM (Essex) Funk, House, Jazz, UK Garage
103.9 Muzik Radio Reggae MUZIK FM
104.1 Omega Radio Talk (scrolling)
104.2 Dem Radyo Turkish DEM90 FM
104.5 (unidentified)
104.7 Pozitif Turkish
104.7 Horizon FM (South Essex) House, Oldskool, Trance HORIZON
105.2 Heart Of Love Radio Reggae
105.2 (stereo) Release FM (Berkshire & South London) Deep House, House
105.6 Playback UK Dubstep, UK Garage (scrolling + RT)
106.5 (stereo) Project Radio House (scrolling)
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 South Side UK Radio Funk, House, UK Garage
87.7 (stereo) SOTS (Oxfordshire & Berkshire) Electro-House, House (scrolling)
87.8 Crystal Studios
88.3 Monster House Radio (Essex) House MHR
90.6 Freek FM Live Drum ’n’ Bass, House FREEK FM
92.0 Scream London Drum ’n’ Bass
92.1 Desire (South Essex & North Kent)
92.7 Confidence Radio Bashment, Calypso, Oldies
92.7 Natural Vibez Radio
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
94.2 Atlantis FM Soul
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)
95.3 Deep FM UK House DEEPFMUK (+ RT)
96.3 Hot 96 Reggae, RnB
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
101.2 Nasty FM (South Essex) Grime
101.5 Empire FM UK Garage
101.9 The Beat Reggae BEAT FM
102.5 Innacity FM Breakbeat, Reggae, UK Garage (scrolling)
103.0 London Live Drum ’n’ Bass, House, RnB, UK Garage LDN LIVE(+ RT)
104.3 (stereo) Logic FM UK Garage -LOGIC-
106.0 UK Obsession (Essex) UK Garage
107.7 Golden Beats Radio Ghanaian

How You Can Help

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