1981

BIG BROTHER RADIO January 1st 1981

This is a recording of Big Brother Radio from January 1st 1981. The clip is off 88.65MHz and features Philip Gee on air from 4.25pm.

Big Brother Radio station page


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts in collaboration with Ken Baird / DX Archive


RADIO 257 March 25th 1981

This is a recording of Radio 257 from March 25th 1981 with Tony King on the air from 6pm.


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts in collaboration with Ian Biggar


K.E.L.O. RADIO March 26th 1981

This is a recording of the Swords-based K.E.L.O. Radio from March 26th 1981. Starting at 2pm, John Clarke is on air for the north Co Dublin station.

John Clarke:
“Thank God it wasn’t 40 years ago (but almost, you do the sums) great little station, fun, exciting, free flow radio – and dare I say the humble beginnings of a “clutter-free format“ with a wide selection of music – where the waffle & the egos were barred from the studio – just great to be part of it.”

Barry Flynn:
“Hadn’t heard that before. Jaysus, even way back then, Clarke was the master of the jingles/inserts etc.”


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts in collaboration with Ian Biggar


RADIO 257 March 26th 1981

From March 26th 1981 this is David Lyons on air for Radio 257 from 3pm.


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts in collaboration with Ian Biggar


K.E.L.O. RADIO April 15th 1981

From April 15th 1981 this is a recording of Colm Hayes on KELO, the north co Dublin pirate starting at 3.55pm. It was recorded off 1233kHz.

Courtesy of DX Archive

Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts in collaboration with Ian Biggar

BIG L April 17th 1981

This is a short sample of the Stardiscs Top 10 Show with John Ryan on Big L Radio Limerick from April 17th 1981.



This is a short sample of Disco Dominic on Big L Radio Limerick from late night on April 17th 1981.


Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

RADIO NOVA June 1981

Test transmissions from the FM only Dublin station Radio Nova. We don’t have an exact date but the tests ran in the first half of June 1981 on 88.1MHz.

BIG L July 9th 1981

This is a recording of Limerick’s Big L and Mike Richardson’s Breakfast Show from 7.20am on July 9th 1981.


As you’re listening you are invited to visit the Big L 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 Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

RADIO CAROLINE CORK July 19th 1981

From July 19th 1981 this is a recording of Radio Caroline Cork, a long-running unlicensed station.

This sample was recorded off 98.8MHz FM and it starts just as John O’Mahony is finishing up his show before Paul Curtis takes over at 2pm.

Radio Caroline Cork station page


Radio Retro: archiving Irish Radio broadcasts in collaboration with Ken Baird / DX Archive


RADIO NOVA July 30th 1981

An early recording of Radio Nova, Dublin’s best-known station. Mike Edgar is on air on July 30th 1981 from 3.30pm with Peter Madison reading the news.

BIG L August 10th 1981

This is a snippet of an Éamon O’Connor Show interview with Jim O’Carroll on the Limerick pirate radio station Big L from August 10th 1981.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

RADIO NOVA August 13th 1981

Radio Nova from August 1981 with Jason Maine on air and Peter Madison reading the news. This recording, off 88.2MHz, starts at 5.38pm.

RADIO NOVA August 13th 1981

Mike Edgar (and The Midnight Cowboy) on air for Dublin’s Radio Nova in August 13th 1981 from 11.40pm. This recording is off 88.2MHz.

RADIO CITY August 14th 1981

From August 14th 1981, this is a recording of Paul Kavanagh on the Afternoon Show on Radio City, the Dublin pirate station.
Taken from 1165kHz, it starts at 3.38pm.

Radio City station page

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts in collaboration with Gary Hogg

Radio Nova

John Clarke and Terry Riley on air for Dublin’s Radio Nova on August 15th 1981 from 8.44am. This recording is off 88.2MHz.

Radio Nova

John Clarke, Hugh O’Brien and Terry Riley on air for Dublin’s Radio Nova on August 15th 1981. This recording is off 88.2MHz and starts at 12.30pm.

RADIO CAROL-ANN (August 16th 1981)

This is a rare recording of Athlone-based pirate station Radio Carol-Ann from August 1981.

Midland Radio

The presenter is Mark Anthony, who identifies the station by the name Radio Carol-Ann, whereas idents give a station name of Midland Radio.
The banner seen here was at the entrance to the station.

The recording was made by the radio station touring lads of the DX Archive site, who stumbled upon Radio Carol-Ann by accident whilst travelling around.
So, thanks to them for both the recording and for these photographs which were taken whilst the recording was being made!

.

Starting at 3.20pm (with a few edits at the start) this is Mark Anthony on the air – and the picture on the left was taken during this show.

Mark later went on to start the pirate station Signal 102 in 1986, which was also in Ahlone, and lasted until 1988, and also to work for Midlands Radio 3 in the licensed era in the 1990s.

Jimmy Dean followed Mark at 5.30pm

This Radio Retro recording is presented by kind courtesy of DX Archive

The story of their 1981 visit to the station

Radio Carol-Ann Station Page

BIG L August 16th 1981

From August 16th 1981 this is some late-night music programming from Big L in Limerick.

Big L Radio Limerick

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Gary Hogg & Ken Baird (DX Archive)

KERRY LOCAL RADIO (August 17th 1981)

This is Mike Donovan on Kerry Local Radio from August 17th 1981.
This recording was made by the touring DX Archive party, who failed to locate the station so unfortunately there’s no photos.
You can listen to the recording above; and below there’s a link to the DX Archive account of that part of their tour.


DX Archive 1981 tour – Kerry Local Radio


As you’re listening you are invited to visit the Kerry Local 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.


This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Ian Biggar


RADIO CITY August 17th 1981

From August 17th 1981 this is Radio City from Cork, recorded off 95.5MHz.

We’re looking for an ID on the first presenter; he’s followed by Carl Johnson from just after 5pm.

Radio City station page


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts in collaboration with Gary Hogg


CAPITAL RADIO CORK August 17th 1981

This is a recording of Capital Radio from Cork on 1305kHz, dated August 17th 1981 and starting at 5.46pm.

Capital Radio station page


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts in collaboration with Gary Hogg


COMMUNITY RADIO YOUGHAL August 18th 1981

This is a recording of the Cork station Community Radio Youghal from August 18th 1981. Starting at 12.10pm, Eileen Connolly is on air and she’s followed by ‘Lunchtime with Seán Healey’ at 12.30pm.

CRY station page


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts in collaboration with Gary Hogg


BIG L October 21st 1981

Mike Richardson

From October 21st 1981 this is Mike Richardson (pictured) on the Limerick pirate radio station Big L.

This Breakfast show recording starts at 7.30am.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

BIG L November 25th 1981

From November 1981 this is a recording of Big L Radio Limerick’s Roundtable programme with Keith Knowles, Mike Howes and Eoin Devereaux discussing new music record releases.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

If you have any old cassettes or digitised recordings that we can add here, please get in touch – radiowavesfm@radioanoraks.com or use wetransfer to the same address.

Choose a station to listen to

0-9

A

B

F

G

Q

W

X

Z