Sunrise FM was formed by BadBoyWest, his father Judge Jimmy, and Tony Crucial White, broadcasting on a CB Radio.
By the late 1980s, the music on London’s pirate Radio Stations was changing, setting the template of what was to come.
In 1988 Sunrise FM began testing on the FM band 88.75 with a host of young new DJ’s playing a varity of Dance, House, Soul, R’n’B and Reggae
In 1989 Sunrise FM was officially 24 hrs a day 7 days a week with a very large audience and fan base recieving over 500 letters each week from fans. Sunrise FM was the only station at the time with a pager and a Mobile phone.
We started broadcasting at weekends on 88.75 FM, playing the usual diet of soul, funk, rare groove and a little reggae. As Sunrise got bigger weekday evenings were added, eventually expanding to a full 7 days operation, by which time more House music was being heard.
As the 90s progressed Sunrise FM started to feel the pinch, the usual combination of raids and people leaving, caused shows to be reduced to weekends before stopping altogether in Jan 1991. SunriseMusicRadio as it was known then, returned as an online station in 2005, with some of the original crew back onboard . then in 2007, after speaking with the original management and owners, The Original Sunrise FM began to broadcast live each week as we still do today.
Shortly after Hardcore FM began to take over the frequency 88.75FM which see most of the Sunrise FM djs with a few additional new djs onboard. Hardcore FM remained on the airwaves for around 1 year before we finally closed down altogether.
The station since returned as an on line station in 2005 as SunriseMusicRadio as the domain name Sunrise FM had been taken, seeing about 25% of the original crew back on the airwaves. Sunrise FM then began to broadcast in 2007 after speaking with the original management as we still continue to broadcast.