Kiss FM

John Clarke on air on Radio Nova’s sister station Kiss FM, recorded off 102.7MHz from 2.50pm on January 12th 1984. Ken Hammond is on news duties.

BIG L January 13th 1984

Big L Radio Limerick

This is a recording of Jim Liddane’s oldies programme on Big L Radio Limerick from January 13th 1984.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

Radio Nova

Radio Nova off 819kHz on January 25th 1984. Starting at 7.11am and running through to 1.15pm, this is a straight 6 hours recording featuring the iconic pairing of Declan Meehan & Bob Gallico, then Colm Hayes from 9am, followed by John Clarke from midday.

It is interesting to note that this recording was made in Leeds by Gary Hogg of DX Archive.

Radio Nova

From 3am on February 6th 1984, this is Lawrence John on air for Radio Nova.


From February 1984 this is a recording of Peter Madison on air from 8am for West Cork Local Radio

Radio Nova

Hugh O’Brien covering the afternoon shift for Radio Nova on March 10th 1984. This recording starts at 4.26pm.

Sunshine Radio

A recording of Robbie Dale on his morning show on Dublin superpirate Sunshine Radio from April 9th 1984

Sunshine Radio

A full morning’s recording from April 26th 1984 – an eventful day in the history of Sunshine Radio.

Following weeks of an RTÉ jamming campaign on the station’s FM frequencies, the day before this broadcast a jammer was turned on to the MW frequency. It didn’t last long as the semi-state broadcaster managed to jam their own stations as well.

However, this was a whole new day…which starts at 6.50am with David Lyons at the mic.

From 9am Robbie Dale oversees some dramatic developments.

With the situation now very desperate Andy Rua takes to the air at midday.

Radio Nova

From May 7th 1984 this is programming from Dublin station Radio Nova recorded off 88.2MHz. The four recordings span much of the day from early morning through late evening.

First, from 7am, Bob Gallico is reading the news leading into his shared programme with Declan Meehan.

Following them Colm Hayes is on air from 9am.

Later in the day we catch the last hour and 10 minutes of Greg Gaughran’s afternoon programme.

Then from 7pm the ever-popular Jason Maine takes over for the evening broadcast.

These Radio Nova recordings are courtesy of DX Archive

These recordings were made at a time when RTÉ were engaged in a jamming campaign against the Dublin superpirates Radio Nova and Sunshine Radio. Nova’s studios had been relocated to the transmitter site at Nova Park in Rathfarnham because the microwave links from the previous studio location at Herbert Street were being targetted. To make things more difficult for RTÉ, Radio Nova were also broadcasting on 102.7MHz (in addition to 88.2MHz) and had two MW transmitters in action as well on 729kHz and 819kHz. Nova sister station Kiss FM had been broadcasting on 102.7MHz but it had been closed in January as a result of the jamming.

RADIO CAROUSEL July 12th 1984

This is a recording of Hugh Hardy’s Country Call programme on Radio Carousel in Dundalk, Co Louth from midday on July 12th 1984.

Radio Carousel

Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002
This recording is with thanks to Kieran Murray

RADIO NOVA (July 13th 1984)

From July 13th 1984, this is Declan Meehan’s last show for Dublin superpirate Radio Nova before departing for Capital Radio.

Recorded off 738kHz, we join the show at 8.10am. Bob Gallico reads the news and does his usual inserts. And there’s a short snippet of Colm Hayes, who follows at 9am.

RADIO NOVA July 14th 1984

Lawrence John on the early Saturday morning shift for Radio Nova. The date for this 6am recording is July 14th 1984.

RADIO NOVA July 19th 1984

The morning show from Dublin station Radio Nova with Colm Hayes and Bob Gallico on a day that Ireland shook – literally!

Bernadette Jameson:- I was amused to hear my voice in an ad break in that recording, advertising Paul Penders natural hair and skin care. Googled them, found they are still going, so I ordered stuff. Must be the longest reaction to a radio ad ever!

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts in collaboration with DX Archive

Inner City Radio

A short excerpt from a test transmission from July 29th 1984.

Inner City Radio

Announcer is unknown – if you know who it is please get in touch.

Radio Annabel

Dublin pirate Radio Annabel from July 29th 1984.

This recording features a closedown announcement from Bobby Howard

Radio Annabel

NDCR (July 29th 1984)

This recording from July 29th 1984 starts at 9.20pm with a short (edited) snippet of Dave Peters on air.

North Dublin Community Radio off 890kHz

Radio Zodiac

This recording from August 29th 1984 features a short clip of Mark Wesley on air from 4.28pm for one of the lesser-known Dublin pirate stations.

Radio Zodiac

RADIO NOVA September 2nd 1984

From a Sunday morning in September 1984 this is a recording of Chris Barry from 9.30am, followed by Greg Gaughran at 10am, on Radio Nova. Bernie Jameson reads the news.

First from 9.30am…Chris Barry followed by Bernie Jameson on the News at 10

Then Greg Gaughran frm 10.03am…

Alternatively you can listen to the whole recording in airchecked format

BIG L October 7th 1984

Big L Radio Limerick

This is a recording of Jim Liddane’s oldies programme on Big L Radio Limerick from October 7th 1984.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

Radio Annabel

This (edited) recording features the Free Radio Campaign programme with Ger Roe starting at 5pm on November 11th 1984.

Radio Annabel

BIG L December 16th 1984

Big L Radio Limerick

From December 1984, this is Jim Liddane’s American Oldies programme on Big L Radio Limerick.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

Radio Mi Amigo International

From April 29th 1984 this is a short recording of Kieran Phillips on the Dublin-based SW pirate Radio Mi Amigo from 11.35am.

In it Kieran reports to their international listeners about RTÉ’s jamming campaign against Sunshine Radio in the previous midweek.

This Radio Mi Amigo International recording is with thanks to Ger Roe

The Radio Mi Amigo International station page

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