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Radio Merseywaves was one of the longest running AM free radio station on Merseyside.  The station was started in December 1983 by Merseyside's free radio legend, the late Bert Williams.  At first it was only on during a Sunday evening on 94.8MHz and 1197kHz / 252m medium wave with broadcasts commencing at 6pm.  As with most of Berts previous medium wave ventures, the signal quality was excellent, although on the air he always seemed to be dissatisfied with it.    In spring 1984, Radio Merseywaves moved the AM frequency to 1179kHz and began sharing the channel with Radio Elenore. When Radio Elenore signed off on their regular Sunday broadcasts at 6pm, Radio Merseywaves would sign on for the rest of the evening. At one point the frequency was moved to 1170kHz. In late September 1984, Radio Elenore closed down permanently, and some of their former staff joined Radio Merseywaves enabling it to extend Sunday hours. In late 1984, the station began using 1242kHz in the evenings, instead of 1179kHz, in order to avoid foreign interference. Eventually the frequency was permanently changed to 1242kHz / 244m, although for some reason it was always announced as 1233kHz / 244 metres. Radio Merseywaves continued on 1242kHz until around 1990, although intermittently at the end. The station was still heard at the start of the 1990's, but was only monitored on 101.7MHz FM.  By 1992 two 'historic pirate' frequencies used on Merseyside, 1197kHz and 1242kHz had become clogged up with Virgin Radio relays.

Below is a sticker from the late 1980's


The station was off the air for a time due to multiple raids and attempted raids. 
The poster below advertised their return. Click on images for larger resolution.

 



Below are a couple of flyers which were sent around to advertise the station
during its heyday, when it broadcast from Friday through to Monday. Click on images for larger resolution.

 

 


1984_03_25_sun_merseywaves_948fm_1800-1845_signon_bertwilliams.mp3 A sign on from Bert Williams in the stations early days when it operated only on a Sunday evening.  The station was also announcing 252m / 1197kHz at this time. 55M
1984_03_25_sun_merseywaves_948fm_2000-2045_bertwilliams.mp3   55M
1984_10_07_sun_merseywaves_1179am-254m_1235-1320_johnfreeman_tonyreeve.mp3 After Radio Elenore closed in September 1984, many of the deejays moved to Radio Merseywaves, allowing it to extend broadcasting hours.  On this recording, John Freeman and Tony Reeve are on air. By this time the station was also sharing the former Radio Elenore frequency of 1179kHz, announced as 254m. 42M
1984_10_07_sun_merseywaves_1179am-254m_1335-1420_tonyreeve_pauljay.mp3 The end of Tony Reeve and into the Paul Jay show. Paul had been on Radio Merseywaves since the beginning of the year. 41M
1984_10_24_sun_merseywaves_948fm_1829-1914_tinachristian_bertwilliams.mp3   55M
1984_10_24_sun_merseywaves_948fm_1914-2000_bertwilliams.mp3   55M
1984_11_04_sun_merseywaves_1179am-254m_1120-1240_mistert_tonyreeve.mp3   74M
1986_03_30_sun_merseywaves_1242am-244m_1430-1625_pauljay_bertwilliams-gh587.mp3 Easter Sunday programming.  Bert dedicates a Beatles song to the DTI 107.8M
1986_03_30_sun_merseywaves_1242am-244m_1625-1725_bertwilliams_markwright-gh587.mp3 Continuation of the above recording with Bert 52.7M
1986_03_31_mon_merseywaves_1242am-244m_0815-0915_signon_davecollins-gh587.mp3 A Monday sign on and breakfast show from Dave Collins as received near Blackpool. 50.2M
1987_06_14_sun_merseywaves_1242am_1502-1708_bertwilliams.mp3 A full Bert Wiliams show with a few crackles as it was recorded near Blackpool. 114.6M
1987_08_29_sat_merseywaves_1242am_0830-1500_pauljay_markpalmer_daveralph_markwright-gh729.mp3 This was the return of Radio Merseywaves on 1242kHz following a raid on 14th August. The signal was very good, and this was received near Blackpool. This is rather a large file and consists of 6 hours of programming from the morning and afternoon. 359M
1987_08_29_sat_merseywaves_1242am_2000-0215_keiththechief_pauljay_tonymarshall_tonyhollis_dontheone-gh729.mp3 This is another 6 hours of programming from the same Saturday, this time in the evening through until after 2am Sunday.  The signal was good enough to give clear listening despite the foreign stations underneath. 359M
1987_11_08_sun_merseywaves_1242am_0945-1215_markpalmer_waynescott-gh666.mp3 Part of a weekend broadcast following a number of the station staff appearing in court during the previous week.  Recorded near Blackpool. 139.3M
1987_11_08_sun_merseywaves_1242am_1217-1453_waynescott_petesetrine-gh666.mp3 Continuation of the above recording, again received near Blackpool. 139.3M
1987_11_08_sun_merseywaves_1242am_1453-1713_bertwilliams-gh666.mp3 On the final part of this 6 hour recording made near Blackpool from 1242kHz, Bert Williams tells the story about the court case a few days before. 73.7M
1988_12_18_sun_merseywaves_1242am_1430-1522_samanthalee_simonjames-gh780.mp3 48.4M
1991_00_00_merseywaves_1188am_bertwilliams_no_freq_announced.mp3 Bert Williams with a taped show announcing that Radio Mersywaves was returning. Although not announced, the frequency was 1188kHz and signal strength was tremendous considering this was recorded near Blackpool. This was the only time it was logged on 1188kHz, on which we normally heard Radio Dublin. 88M
1991_08_26_mon_merseywaves_1017fm_bertwilliams_test_announcement.mp3 A rather crackly recording received near Blackpool of Bert Williams announcing an 'Engineering Test Transmission' on 101.7MHz in stereo, in preparation for a return to the air after being off for a long time. 4M

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