From Saturday, February 3rd 1979 this is Ed McDowell on Capitol Radio, the Dublin pirate station broadcasting on 226metres. We join Ed at 2.50pm with Chris Barry due to take over from 3pm.
Al Russell gave us a little more background for this recording:- At the beginning of the clip Ed is giving details on a horse race and refers to ‘Mr Maguire’s track record’ – an aside referring to the name of a Department of Posts & Telegraphs inspector who raided the station with other enforcement officials. The instrumental version of Jeff Wayne’s Thunder Child was used as the nightly introduction to Capitol’s specialist music segment Night Flight after 9pm, featuring New Wave / Rock / Jazz / Traditional Music & Rockabilly programmes.
This Capitol Radio bonus is from an unknown date in July 1978 and features Stompin’ George, who’s weekly Rockabillly Hour went out every Tuesday evening at 11pm. On this programme, George is in conversation with Ferdia McAnna – Rocky of Rocky DeValera & The Gravediggers – who selects his favourite tracks. The recording was made at the station using a studio cassette deck. Capitol Radio operated a daytime album-orientated format and the Rockabilly Hour was part of a nightly specialist themed segment called “Night Flight”. Traditional, Folk, C&W, New Wave, Punk Rock & Jazz Music were all catered for.
The main recording is by kind courtesy of Chris Ridley The bonus recording was made and sourced by George Verschoyle (Stompin’ George) and was passed on to us with huge thanks to Al Russell
From July 1979 this is a recording of Local Radio Drogheda, which was the original name for Boyneside Radio. We join the broadcast with Heady Eddie on air from 10.45pm and he is followed by Áine from 11am. There is also the option of listening to an airchecked version below…
Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002 This recording is from the Dave Small collection
This is a recording of three separate shows from Kerry Community Radio & Radio Tralee Community, all from August 2nd 1979. First up, from 8.35am, it’s Sarah Jones (above). She’s followed at 10am by Paul Davison (below).
There’s a large segment of Paul’s show missing so we rejoin his programme from 11.20am
And finally, the midday show with Seán Hurley.
As you’re listening you are invited to visit the Kerry Community Radio station page and if you can add to the history (factually or anecdotally) or if there’s anything else you can contribute such as photos or recordings, please get in touch.
From August 2nd 1979 we have samples of two different shows from Downtown Radio Tralee. Above there’s the last 15 minutes of Mike Anderson’s programme, which is followed at 10am by Pat Kelly, below.
Unfortunately, a large section of Pat’s programme is not part of this recording and we rejoin him here at 10.40am
As you’re listening you are invited to visit the Downtown Radio Tralee station page and if you can add to the history (factually or anecdotally) or if there’s anything else you can contribute such as photos or recordings, please get in touch.
This is a very short snippet of Stephen Rhodes on ARD, the Dublin pirate, with his weekly chart countdown from the afternoon of September 23rd 1979.
Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002 This recording is by kind courtesy of Ken Baird / DX Archive
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