Pattaya Radio Off Air at the request of the Military

Fabulous 103 Fm off Air in Pattaya

Whilst Bangkok and many regions seem to have radio transmissions returned to normal, here in Pattaya, at the moment that’s not the case.

At the beginning of the coup, the Army requested all radio transmission around the nation to cease,   to aid a smooth transition and to avoid mis-representation of the situation here.   As a licensed broadcaster we, along with most, complied.  We were also asked to further comply by stopping any streaming on the internet.

Until then, Fabulous 103Fm had been unique in its  broadcasting  of an English translation of updates informing its listeners of the coup and curfew, aiding the military Authorities by getting the message out there that Thailand was safe, visitors and local nationals were unaffected and  explaining the  curfew times.

Fabulous 103 Fm wrote to the City mayor asking for his support and kept in constant hourly contact with the news from the authorities regarding transmission, so that we could comply with the Law and, hopefully, start transmitting again.

Last week a meeting was held in Chonburi at which we were advised, by the most senior of police officers,  that we could transmit as long as our transmissions had no political bias.

We turned the transmitters on to warm up, without any sound, and within 10 minutes had officials representing the Broadcasting commission and the military at our studios , telling us that that  wasn’t the case in Pattaya and that we had to switch off again.


On Monday the 2nd of June, all main frequencies in the city began transmission, including 103 FmThe transmisssion does not come from us but, we presume, from the authorities.    Sadly whilst those transmission signals are very strong and well created, they still don’t contain news in English keeping tourists up to date or giving them any information regarding the city, the current curfew or other pertinent news. 

The transmissions are actually a good idea in one way in that they prevent pirate stations, with political persuasion,  from taking over the popular frequencies and causing discontent.


Meanwhile we have no idea as to when or even IF we will be allowed to transmit in our normal manner.

We apologise for the inconvenience to our listeners,  both in Thailand and overseas and as a business which is keen to see stability and peace within Thailand, we continue to support the Authorities in their Endeavours


The following is a message which was shared with the Authorities last week, from us, and an English translation is attached.



The Fabulous 103 Team




เราเข้าใจสถานการณ์ที่กำลังเกิดขึ้นภายในประเทศณ. ตอนนี้เราเข้าใจว่าทางท่านต้องควบคุมข้อมูลต่างๆที่สื่อจะรำเสนอไปยังสาธารณะด้วยทางเราเป็นสถานีวิทยุที่กระจายเสียงเป็นภาษาอังกฤษเข้าในคำสั่งที่ออกมาให้ทุกสถานีหยุดกระจายเสียงเพื่อหลีกเลี่ยงการเกิดความเข้าใจผิด



Fabulous 103 FM


Dear Sir,


We appreciate the difficulties with the current situation here in Thailand, and how challenging it is for the authorities to manage information as it reaches the public.  As a local English language radio station we follow the news released by the military and understand the reasons for turning off all radio in Thailand.

BUT.. Foreigners on holiday here, of which there are hundreds of thousands, are in many cases scared and worried as they do not have an English language version of the news.  They cannot understand Thai language and are confused.  In many cases they do not understand about the curfew.


Please, will you allow us to broadcast in Pattaya.  103Fm only broadcast news without any political influence, based on the news given out by the Army in Bangkok.  If we can do this, we can keep foreigners happy and reduce concern.

I will happily surrender my passport to you as a matter of honour to show that we will keep a promise NOT to incite any unrest but instead to help keep the peace in this, your beautiful country.

If you allow us this privilege, we would play only music and news.  We would send you a copy of the news as an MP3  every time it changes so that you can see that it is in support of Thailand.  And if you require.. a translation too.

We can reach thousands of foreigners on your behalf.  Our voice is known to be the voice of reason in our news and many foreigners trust us.  We will not break the law by broadcasting without your permission, and therefore ask you, please , to help us support Thailand in this crisis

Kind regards


Fabulous 103 Fm



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