Does anyone know anything about a station that broadcasts on 88.0 MHz FM in the Illawarra? I managed to receive this station two hours ago and again thirty minutes ago. The interesting thing about this station is that it only plays Spanish / Mexican music (the music is not in English, either way), without any commercial breaks or station idents. There appears to be no information about this station online. I did a quick research not to long ago and the only other station that broadcasts on the 88.0 FM frequency is Raw FM, which transmits from Collaroy (a northern suburb of Sydney). Now, I can rule out Raw FM, as the station plays dance music and it drastically differs from the station that I can currently receive. Also, Raw FM airs programming content, whereas the station I managed to receive only plays songs (without breaks).
It’s interesting to note too that the signal isn’t overly strong at my location, indicating that it is either a pirate station or a narrowcast station, at the very least. However, with the lack of information about the station, I am willing to suggest that it is solely a pirate station. Plus, i’m sure the station would of been mentioned on Media Spy before too if it was indeed a narrowcast station. Interestingly enough, the signal is at it’s strongest when I move the antenna in a northerly direction. Moving the antenna to the south decreases the signal quite significantly and it is almost inaudible after an extensive period of time. This has parallels with narrowcast station Oldies FM, which transmits from Kiama, which in turn, results in the signal being stronger in southern parts of the Illawarra and not in far northern suburbs such as Scarborough. As such, this has led me to the conclusion that this “pirate” station is transmitting from somewhere in reasonably close proximity to Wollongong, possibly around the Figtree area. However, with a lack of knowledge on the station itself, it is hard to know what sort of station it actually is and where it is transmitting from. I would be interested to hear what your thoughts are about this station and whether you know anything more about the station itself.