Solar Radio

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Solar Radio was ‘born’ when veteran broadcaster and avid soul music fan Tony Monson evolved a plan to raise a phoenix from the combined ashes of London pirate stations JFM and Horizon. Solar was an acronym of ‘Sound Of London’s Alternative Radio’, and built a DJ roster and twenty-four-hour programme schedule which would continue the crusade to promote soul and related music styles on the airwaves of Greater London.

The station was an instant success and with its non-stop campaigning to be awarded a legal franchise it may well have paved the way for the eventual deregulation of the radio airwaves. JFM and Horizon had started this campaign and Solar continued it until 30 September 1985, when the station voluntarily went off the air in order to be allowed to submit a licence application.

In 1998 things began to move when an opportunity arose for the station to lease airtime from the classic rock satellite station EKR. On 1 October 1998 a new station was launched as Solar FM – broadcasting soul, funk and jazz across Europe from 10pm to 6am nightly on a sub-carrier of Challenge TV.

On 1 June 1999 Solar began broadcasting twenty-four hours a day on a sub-carrier of MTV, reverting to the original call-sign of Solar Radio. With the advent of twenty-four-hour broadcasting new DJs came on board and some original Solar DJs also returned to the station.

The analogue satellite service continued until August 2000, and in September the next major milestone was reached with the switch to Sky Digital, on which platform we continue to broadcast to the UK and Europe as a free-to-air service on Sky channel 0129.

Since Autumn 2015, Solar Radio is participating in the small scale DAB Digital Radio trials in London and Norwich.

Editorial areaUK
Most playedAcantha Lang, Wizards Of Ooze, Mistura feat. Tiffany T’zelleRadiomonitor
Launched1 September 1984
Former namesSolar FM

Contact Solar Radio

Postal addressP.O.Box 49300
SE12 9XU
+44 870 745 1879
+44 845 223 0129
+44 845 223 0129
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Latest news stories

Tributes paid to radio presenter and DJ Les Adams
RadioToday - published 3 September 2019, 9.06pm bst
Tributes paid to radio presenter and DJ Les Adams
RadioToday - published 3 September 2019, 9.06pm bst

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