After a 2 year fight, London’s biggest pirate radio station Rinse FM has been awarded an official FM license. It’s been a long time coming for the station, which has gone from strength to strength since it was founded in 1994. Rinse has played a key role in the evolution and popularization of grime, garage and dubstep and so much more. It was the outlet to give well deserved exposure to Dizzee Rascal & Wiley, and also provided an early platform for the likes of Kode9, Skream and Plastician.
The late, great John Peel said in a 2004 interview “When I’m in London I listen to the pirates as much as I can. There’s a station I like called Rinse FM, which is somewhere in the area banded by Kiss FM and Classic FM.” I think it’s safe to say, if the pioneer of pirate radio likes it, they must be doing something right.
Now after a successful online petition, which drew support from not just London but from all around the world, Rinse is officially an FM station. We want to send our congratulations to the crew and wish them all the luck in the world.
For more info about Rinse FM check our their site here or listen to the station online here. You can check out VBS.TV’s mini documentary on London’s pirate radio below, including interviews with Rinse DJs and MCs.