Laser, Caroline, Invicta, London Stereo, Angela Rumbold and Jackie are amongst those in KISS FM: From Radical Radio To Big Business by Grant Goddard, here.
Extracts: The closing date for applications for the government’s new community radio licences had been extended to 31 October 1985 to allow potential bidders more time to prepare their submissions. Ex-pirates JFM, Horizon and Solar each submitted separate applications for the FM ‘community of interest’ licence serving South London, in competition with several other community radio groups. As expected, ex-pirate Radio Jackie applied for a neighbourhood licence for Southwest London. Eight months after the fatal raid on Radio Jackie, the case against the thirteen people caught broadcasting from the station’s studio was only just being heard by Sutton Magistrates Court. One of ten DTI witnesses told the court he had clambered over the gate in Cheam on 1 February 1985 and found two aerials, one on the roof of the house and the other which spanned the whole garden. The DTI said they had also found and confiscated £5,000 of equipment from the station’s studio in Worcester Park. The court imposed total fines of more than £5,000 on the accused, plus £100 each in costs. Afterwards, Radio Jackie’s Peter Stremes said: “It could have been worse. They could have imposed suspended prison sentences on us. But I have noticed, in previous cases, the fines were about £50 to £100 for each offence. In our case, they ranged from £150 to £250 for each offence.” Radio Jackie programme controller Dave Owen said he would appeal against his £850 fine. He was optimistic about the station’s chances of winning one of the new community radio licences: “We have a petition supporting us, signed by over 50,000 voters in Southwest London. It would be a great shame if those 50,000 didn’t get what they wanted.” Whilst awaiting the government’s decision on their licence application, the staff compiled a Radio Jackie record album featuring extracts of broadcasts from 1969 until the final raid in February. “It’s a collector’s item,” said Owen, “and an ideal Christmas present.”