London Weekend Radio

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London Weekend Radio (LWR)
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Broadcast areaLondon
FormatSoul, hip hop, reggae, jazz-funk, house
First air date
1 January 1983

London Weekend Radio also known as LWR was a pirate radio station active in London in the 1980s.


LWR first broadcast on 1 January 1983, originally playing contemporary pop music during the day, with more specialist music shows in the evening and weekends. With the advent of new broadcasting laws in 1984, the station made the decision to close down on 14 July 1984.[1][2] This close down would be brief, and with management of the station passing to club promoter Zak Dee, on 15 September 1984, LWR rose again as a dedicated soul, hip hop, jazz-funk, and reggae station.

LWR would launch the career of the DJ Tim Westwood,[3][4] whose Rap Show would later achieve success on Capital Radio and BBC Radio 1. Other DJs and presenters have included rapper Derek B, Jazzy M, whose show The Jacking Zone is considered to be the first radio show playing all house music,[5] Mr. C (of The Shamen),Ron Tom,[6] Maxi Jazz (of Faithless), Master Cee (from sound system Mastermind), DJ Camilla, Barry B, and DJ Elayne (Elayne Smith).[7]

Like its rival Kiss FM, LWR closed down temporarily on New Year's Eve 1989 in order to apply for a legal license however would be unsuccessful, and returned briefly again to the air as a pirate before finally ending in Summer 1990.[2]


  1. ^ Hind, John & Mosco, Stephen (1985). Rebel Radio: The Full Story of British Pirate Radio. Pluto Press. ISBN 978-0-7453-0055-9.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b Stephen Hebditch (1 May 2015). "LWR - London pirate radio history - AM/FM".
  3. ^ Justin Quirk (25 March 2006). "When radio was tuned in". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Ian Burrell (14 February 2004). "Tim Westwood: Rappers' delight". The Independent.
  5. ^ "Jazzy M – Exclusive Interview". Iconic Underground Magazine. 4 January 2017.
  6. ^ Luke Bainbridge (2014). The True Story of Acid House: Britain’s Last Youth Culture. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-1780387345.
  7. ^ "BBC Three Counties Radio - Edward Adoo, Broadcaster Elayne Smith on presenting Top of the Pops". BBC. 21 October 2018.

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