May

Radio Nova

May 14th 1983 was the date set for Operation Novacare 1983, an annual charity fundraiser ran by Radio Nova.

Sybil Fennell for Operation Novacare

In the first recording Declan Meehan is on air from the studios from 9.56am, whilst Nova personalities are on location in Dún Laoghaire Shopping Centre.

Tony Gareth takes over from Declan at 2pm

This recording can now be downloaded direct from DX Archive.
We host it with thanks to Gary Hogg.

RADIO NOVA May 18th 1983

May 18th 1983. A famous day in Irish radio history as Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico compose themselves on air whilst Department of P&T officials, accompanied by Gardaí, demand that they switch off Radio Nova.

The full story of the 1983 Raids is told chronologically in this Radiowaves Special Feature [tap here]

RADIO NOVA May 19th 1983

Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico return to the airwaves the morning after a major raid on the station.

They were followed by Tom Hardy. This is the first hour of his show…

More from Tom Hardy. This recording from his show is from 11.50am and culminates with a historical announcement…

The full story of the 1983 Raids is told chronologically in this Radiowaves Special Feature [tap here]

SUNSHINE RADIO May 19th 1983

This is the morning the Sun went out over Portmarnock. The day after a raid against Radio Nova Sunshine Radio decided to continue broadcasting.

First, from 7.43, this is David Lyons on Breakfast.

David hands over to Robbie Dale from 9am

RADIO WEST May 19th 1983

The May 1983 raids on Nova and Sunshine hit hard as Radio West decide to voluntarily cease broadcasting on the night of May 19th.

This recording runs from 10pm…

…and this from 11.15pm through to switch off.

BRAY LOCAL BROADCASTING May 19th 1983

A recording of Bray Local Broadcasting on the night they voluntarily ceased broadcasting in May 1983. Mark Quinn is presenting from 10.55pm

The full story of the 1983 Raids is told chronologically in this Radiowaves Special Feature [tap here]

RADIO DUBLIN May 20th 1983

May 20th 1983 and following raids on Radio Nova and Sunshine Radio, Radio Dublin were one of a handful of stations in the capital to risk continuing in an atmosphere of paranoia. They opened their phone lines to an angry Dublin audience who had been deprived of their favourite radio stations.

First, from 9.30am. Mike Barron takes the calls

Then from 10am Curt Jackson takes over

From midday Tracey Evans welcomes some special guests into the studio

CORK CITY LOCAL RADIO May 22nd 1983

CCLR Cork City Local Radio

From Sunday, May 22nd 1983, this is Cork City Local Radio with Ken Regis on the air in the early evening.

This was just a few days after the raids on Radio Nova and Sunshine Radio in Dublin.

CCLR station page


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002
This recording is with thanks to Ken O’Sullivan


RADIO NOVA May 25th 1983

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova on May 25th 1983, one week after the raid on the station.

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova on May 25th 1983, one week after the raid on the station. Recorded in Leeds off 819kHz, the recording starts at 7.45am and although it suffers from poor quality it is very listenable.

The full story of the 1983 Raids is told chronologically in this Radiowaves Special Feature [tap here]

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

RADIO NOVA May 26th 1983

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova on May 25th 1983, one week after the raid on the station.

From May 26th 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.20am.

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

RADIO NOVA May 27th 1983

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova on May 27th 1983, one week after the raid on the station.

From May 27th 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.25am.

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

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