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james-20014,683 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

I’ve always assumed it was a simple play on words with the tooth rotting sticks called ‘Blackpool Rock’ .


That's what I've always been told as well.

Actually reminds me of when I went to Blackpool Pleasure beach in 2001, and they had their own radio station played throught, which was run by Rock FM, and they had the booth with the DJ in the middle of the park and you could go to it to place requests, have dedications read out and whatnot. Don't know if that's still the case now though.

Holiday Rock FM, formerly Kit Kat Radio.


Though that article's from 2005 and seems to claim the team up with Rock FM was new then, but there was definitely a connection when I was there in 2001 (alongside the KitKat name I think).
Spencer For Hire5,808 posts since 13 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)

Radio Jackie still do the car sticker game.

Yorkshire Coast Radio do one for £50 of fuel.


Jackie's is for £107.80. Not sure how that game is funded as it's a tiny station.


Often these promotions have a commercial sponsor which will more than offset the cost of prizes.

I understand the cost of printing car stickers has increased a lot over the last couple of decades, driven by the price of oil (a key raw ingredient) - one of the reasons why every radio station doesn’t have car stickers anymore.
Robust amateurism
Markymark6,602 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
I wasn't living in Cornwall at the time but I remember Pirate FM launching as it was featured on Tomorrow's World. Its studios were very advanced for the time with one of the first automation systems playing out the music. This enabled it to run more economically than other stations and be on air overnight without staff


Meanwhile, BBC Spotlight gave a very sneery, and frankly unfair TV report to the station's launch. (Mile Powell the founding MD makes some points about it in the comments section below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77AIpWHuTd4
gottago2,794 posts since 26 Aug 2004
London London
I wasn't living in Cornwall at the time but I remember Pirate FM launching as it was featured on Tomorrow's World. Its studios were very advanced for the time with one of the first automation systems playing out the music. This enabled it to run more economically than other stations and be on air overnight without staff


Meanwhile, BBC Spotlight gave a very sneery, and frankly unfair TV report to the station's launch. (Mile Powell the founding MD makes some points about it in the comments section below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77AIpWHuTd4

Wow. Awful report.
fusionlad2,095 posts since 6 Sep 2001
Westcountry Spotlight
I wasn't living in Cornwall at the time but I remember Pirate FM launching as it was featured on Tomorrow's World. Its studios were very advanced for the time with one of the first automation systems playing out the music. This enabled it to run more economically than other stations and be on air overnight without staff


Meanwhile, BBC Spotlight gave a very sneery, and frankly unfair TV report to the station's launch. (Mile Powell the founding MD makes some points about it in the comments section below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77AIpWHuTd4

Wow. Awful report.


I believe Spotlight later apologised (although not on air) to Pirate FM for their unfair reporting.
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Markymark6,602 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today

Meanwhile, BBC Spotlight gave a very sneery, and frankly unfair TV report to the station's launch. (Mile Powell the founding MD makes some points about it in the comments section below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77AIpWHuTd4

Wow. Awful report.


I believe Spotlight later apologised (although not on air) to Pirate FM for their unfair reporting.


Interesting. I thought the BBC had grown out of their ‘ivory tower’ attitudes towards the independent sector by 1992, but clearly it was still alive in Plymouth!
Spencer For Hire5,808 posts since 13 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I wasn't living in Cornwall at the time but I remember Pirate FM launching as it was featured on Tomorrow's World. Its studios were very advanced for the time with one of the first automation systems playing out the music. This enabled it to run more economically than other stations and be on air overnight without staff


Meanwhile, BBC Spotlight gave a very sneery, and frankly unfair TV report to the station's launch. (Mile Powell the founding MD makes some points about it in the comments section below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77AIpWHuTd4

Wow. Awful report.


It even includes an “it remains to be seen” - the ultimate cop-out for a lazy journalist who doesn’t know how to end his/her report.
Robust amateurism