Dune FM

Dune FM launched at 7 minutes past one on Sunday 12th October 1997 with a pre-recorded announcement by Steve Dickson (the then MD) followed by the first live show hosted by Jonathan Dean. The launch time was chosen to match the station’s FM frequency of 107.9 MHz.

The roots of the station go back to the early 90s when Dune FM used two temporary (RSL) licences in 1993. The first was broadcast from makeshift studios at the rear of the town’s Floral Hall complex, with the transmitter on the roof of The Southport Theatre. The second saw the station move to a new base above the Victoria Health & Leisure club, with the transmitter at Greenbank High School in the Hillside area of the town.

The then Radio Authority eventually advertised a small-scale local licence for the towns of Southport and Ormskirk and the Merseyside borough of Sefton, which attracted three bids, including the winning Dune FM consortium.

Following financial problems, In October 2011 High Court enforcement officers acting for multiple creditors removed the station’s broadcasting equipment, forcing makeshift facilities to be quickly assembled to get back on-air. During March 2012, a Statutory Demand notice was published in the Southport Champion newspaper, claiming Dune FM Limited owed a significant sum to Proud FM Limited. On Monday 9 July 2012 Dune FM Ltd was wound up in the Liverpool District Registry.

The station now exclusively broadcasts online as Coast 1079, using the same format and personalities with similar branding.

You can listen to the opening of the original station, as well as some jingles, interviews and trailers and by using the links below.



1997



Station Launch 12/10/1997
Presented by Steve Dickson the MD of the station at that time.

Jonathan Dean Breakfast Show Trailer

Jingle Montage



1998



Bernard Manning Interview
Presented by Chris Cummings

Southport FC at Wembley Trailer



1999



Charlie Dimmock Interview (Ground Force)
Presented by Chris Cummings

Gene Pitney Interview
Presented by Erica Hughes

Be a Euro Millionaire Trailer



2000



Rajar Promo

Southport Xmas Lights Switch-On
Live Outside Broadcast with John Cooper



2001



Harry Potter Promo

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