Spin 1038

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Spin 1038
Spin 1038.jpg
Broadcast area Dublin
Slogan No.1 for Music and Entertainment
Frequency FM: 103.8 MHz
First air date 19 April 2002
Format Top 40 and pop
Owner Communicorp
Website www.spin1038.com

Spin 1038 is an Independent Local Radio station in Dublin, Ireland. It is owned by Denis O'Brien's Communicorp group and broadcasts under a sound broadcasting contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Despite their name, they do not broadcast on the medium wave band (1038 not being a valid mediumwave frequency, anyway), but on 103.8 FM. Spin 1038 is mostly heard in Dublin but can also be heard in towns such as Naas, Celbridge, Leixlip, Maynooth, Drogheda and Bray due to their close proximity to Dublin.


The station (which originally applied for its contract as "Spin FM") was one of three new ILR stations which were awarded franchises in October 1999.[1] It was intended to provide an alternative for listeners younger than those catered for by the original two Dublin ILR stations, FM104 and Dublin's 98FM. The station however was subject to delays due to legal action from an unsuccessful opposing consortium,[2] however finally took the air as Spin 1038 at 10:38am on 19 April 2002. Despite being initially known as "the dance licence", the station now plays mainly popular music.


Spin 1038 broadcasts mainly Top 40 music aimed at 15-34 year olds. Spin 1038 recently snapped up national DJ Nikki Hayes after she parted company with RTÉ. The station broadcasts various programming throughout the day with favourites such as Fully Charged, The Zoo Crew Hot 30 with Brian Maher and Dara Quilty and Spin Hits with Steve K. News bulletins entitled The Story are aired at quarter-to-the-hour (and at quarter-past-the hour during the weekday morning show) and consist of local, international, sport news and a five-word weather summary. The Inside Story (Entertainment news) is presented by Georgie Gavin.

Zoo Crew Hot 30[edit]

The Zoo Crew Hot 30 hosted by Cormac Moore and Daniella Moyles, is Spin's most popular show. The show features comedy sketches. Every caller wins a prize. Listeners text into the station to vote for their favourite song. The top 30 songs of the day are played during the show, compiled by text voting. You can download the official Zoo Crew podcast 'The Zoocast' via iTunes.[3]



  • 00.45 Best of The SPIN
  • 02.45 SPIN Hits @ Night
  • 06.45 Fully Charged with Ryan Phillips and Tracy Clifford
  • 09.45 SPIN Hits with Nikki Hayes
  • 12.45 The SPIN with Gordon Hayden and Lauren Kelly
  • 14.45 SPIN Hits with Steve K
  • 18.45 Zoo Crew Hot 30 with Cormac Moore and Daniella Moyles
  • 20.45 TRL with Becki Miller (Mo–Th)
  • 23.45 SPIN Hits @ Night
  • 20.45 First Play with Shona Ryan (Fr)
  • 21.45 Indie Disco with Claire O' Dowd (Fr)
  • 23.45 Resistance with Pete Maguire (Fr)



Spin 1038 holds daily competitions with many prizes varying from popular artists' CDs and concert tickets to MP3 players, video game consoles, and "SPIN Goodies".

Sister services[edit]

A sister station, Spin South West, launched on 23 July 2007 in Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Tipperary and south-west Laois. The station is run from Raheen, Limerick and it is similar in format to SPIN 1038 but is independently managed and run. Spin South West can be picked up in most of Munster meaning it has a potential listenership of over a million people.

Spin FM also has a sister station in the Czech Republic, and recently launched in Jordan (Spin Jordan) after Communicorp started investing in Radio Broadcasting outside Europe, having Jordan as its first destination.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Nucentz, winner of Ireland's First Rap Superstar Competition launched by Spin 1038


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