January

KISS FM January 12th 1984

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

WKLR January 16th 1984

This is Steve Marshall on WKLR (West Cork Local Radio) from January 16th 1984. The recording starts just after 2pm.

This is Steve Marshall on WKLR (West Cork Local Radio) from January 16th 1984. The recording starts just after 2pm.


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WKLR January 18th 1984

This is a recording of West Cork Local Radio with Keith York from January 18th 1984. It starts at 5.15pm.


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Radio Nova January 19th 1984

From January 19th 1984 this is Radio Nova with Colm Hayes from 10.20am. He’s followed by John Clarke from midday.
This recording was made in Scotland by Ken Baird so understandably suffers from interference. It is, however, of huge historical interest. See newspaper cuttings…

Colm Hayes

Note: around ten minutes is lost in the above recording from around the hour mark…

John Clarke

Nova jammed by RTÉ
Irish Independent
Nova claim that RTÉ are blacking out the pirates
Evening Press

This recording is by very kind courtesy of Ken Baird / DX Archive
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Radio Nova January 23rd 1984

This is Radio Nova from January 23rd 1984.
We join Declan Meehan’s Brekkie Trekkie with Bob Gallico from 7.30am.
The iconic duo are followed by Colm Hayes at 9am.
And then it’s John Clarke from midday.

7.30am Declan & Bob

9am Colm Hayes

Midday John Clarke

This recording was made in Leeds by Gary Hogg, some 250 miles from the transmission site. The local ILR station Radio Aire was on the next channel of 828kHz, hence the splattering across 819kHz. As this was January there was also foreign interference, hence the hum, especially during the breakfast show. Even so, the signal was listenable.
There had been rumours of another raid this week, as the station had brought its 50kW transmitter on line. RTÉ had also started a sustained jamming campaign against the station a few days earlier. As an aside they had also been jamming South Coast Radio and ERI broadcasts in Cork.


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg
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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.

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