1985

Q102 January 23rd 1985

The launch of Dublin pirate Q102 from 6.56pm on January 23rd 1985. Lawrence John introduces the station and Jason Maine spins the discs in his own inimitable style.

DUBLIN’S AM NUMBER 1 January 27th 1985

This is a short clip of the city-centre-based station Dublin’s AM Number 1 from the afternoon of January 27th 1985. It is recorded off 963kHz and although the quality isn’t great, it’s worth a listen. Brian Kelly is the presenter.


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MIDLAND RADIO (February 14th 1985)

You’ll love this Valentine’s Day recording of Michael Osbourne on Midland Radio from 1985 which starts at 2.21pm.
Midland closed not long afterward and became Independent Radio Longford.
Michael Osbourne is better known as Michael Bermingham.

This Midland Radio recording is with thanks to Michael Bermingham

Midland Radio station page

NORTH CORK COMMUNITY RADIO May 26th 1985

This is a recording of North Cork Community Radio from May 26th 1985. We join Noel Connell during his show in which he’s playing old movie tunes. He’s followed by David Heaney with the ‘Hospital Request Show’.

North Cork Community Radio

NCCR Station Page

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KERRY REGIONAL RADIO SERVICES (May 27th 1985)

From May 1985 this is a recording of KRRS, the Kerry pirate station based in Tralee. It is taken from 98.0MHz and starts at 2pm


As you’re listening you are invited to visit the KRRS 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


BIG K (May 27th 1985)

From May 1985 this is a recording of Big K, the Kerry pirate station based in Tralee. It is taken from 102.0MHz and starts at 2.45pm


As you’re listening you are invited to visit the Big K 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


CITY CENTRE RADIO May 27th 1985

This is a recording of Limerick pirate station City Centre Radio from the evening of May 27th 1985. On the air is Ger Hickey and the record button was pressed at 9.40pm.

City Centre Radio station page

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RADIO NOVA May 31st 1985

This is a recording of a Radio Nova outside broadcast from the Nutgrove Shopping Centre from May 31st 1985.

It features Greg Gaughran and Colm Hayes and it starts at 3.10pm.

This recording also features Mark Weller reading the news.

This Radio Nova recording is a Radio Retro original

CITY CENTRE RADIO June 6th 1985

From June 6th 1985 this is City Centre Radio, the Limerick pirate, recorded off FM from 1.26pm.

City Centre Radio station page

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RADIO NOVA (June 6th 1985)

Radio Nova's Funny Bubble Competition
Sunday World – Click to read

This is a recording of Radio Nova the Dublin superpirate, which starts at just before midnight on June 6th 1985.

It features the final of the Funny Bubble Competition (seen here in the Sunday World) live from Nova Park.

A whole host of Nova personalities – Tony Allan, John Clarke, Bob Gallico, Chris Cary & Colm Hayes – are involved as the winners are chosen.

Henry Owens plays the tunes back in the studio and Bernie Jameson reads the news.

This recording was made in the NW of England and conditions are variable for the duration.

This Radio Nova recording / image is with kind courtesy of Gary Hogg / DX Archive

CITY CENTRE RADIO June 10th 1985

This is a recording of Pat Moloney on the Limerick pirate station City Centre Radio. It starts at just after midday on June 10th 1985.

City Centre Radio station page

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ECHO COMMUNITY RADIO July 2nd 1985

Echo Community Radio

This is Tony Lewis on ‘The Workers’ Playtime’, the mid-morning show on Echo Community Radio, the west Dublin-based station, in July 1985.


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This recording has been added to our archive with thanks to Ciarán Brannelly


RADIO NOVA July 5th 1985

This is a recording of Ric Harris on Radio Nova from July 5th 1985. It starts at 5.35pm.

RADIO NOVA July 6th 1985

From 6am on Saturday, July 6th 1985 this is a recording of the unique talents of Peter Madison (below) on air for Dublin station Radio Nova. David Johnson is on news.

Photo courtesy of DX Archive

ERNESIDE RADIO (July 8th 1985)

This is a recording of the Cavan-based pirate station Erneside Radio from July 8th 1985. It starts at 10am with ‘Jacko’ spinning the discs. It is slightly edited but is a great sample of the station’s output.

HOMETOWN RADIO (July 8th 1985)

From Castleblayney, Co Monaghan this is a recording of Hometown Radio from July 8th 1985. It features Fat Sam (owner Tommy Toal) on air from 1.15pm.

WLCB (July 8th 1985)

Courtesy of Ian Biggar

This recording is of WLCB (Wicklow Local Community Broadcasting) and is dated July 8th 1985 from 2.45pm.

RADIO NOVA (July 14th 1985)

Chris Cary

A recording of The Boss on Radio Nova. Presenting the Euro Top 40 on July 14th 1985, this is Chris Cary with the best five from 3.40pm.
There’s also a brief snippet of the 4pm news with Bernie Jameson.

RADIO RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL July 21st 1985

This recording is from the shortwave pirate station Radio Rainbow International, which was based in Co Louth. First we hear from Ian Scott, who is followed by Heady Eddie. This was taken from 6240kHz and starts at midday on July 21st 1985.

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MAGIC 103 July 22nd 1985

Featuring a pair of mid-morning presenters conjuring up some very enjoyable radio, this is a recording of the Radio Nova spin-off station Magic 103 with the indisputable and much-missed talents of Peter Madison and Bob Gallico. The date is July 22nd 1985 and the tape started rolling at 10am.

Magic 103

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MAGIC 103 July 31st 1985

From July 31st 1985 this is a recording of Sybil Fennell on the Dublin station Magic 103, from the Chris Cary stable.

Magic 103, easy listening for Dublin

The recording off 103.5MHz starts from the end of the 6pm News. Then, following an hour of easy listening music, the main News with Dave Johnson and Mark Weller is at 7pm before Sybil launches ‘The Classical Hour’.

Magic 103 station page


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RADIO NOVA September 19th 1985

This is a recording of Dave Harvey on Breakfast with Bob Gallico from 6am on September 19th 1985 on Radio Nova.

This is a recording of Dave Harvey on Breakfast with Bob Gallico from 6am on September 19th 1985 on Radio Nova.

As broadcast

Alternatively you can listen in airchecked format

RADIO NOVA September 21st 1985

Radio Nova - On air, as we join the broadcast, is Tony McKenzie from 2pm.

This is a recording of a Radio Nova outside broadcast from September 1985. The Dublin station were set up in the Arnotts store in the city centre.

On air, as we join the broadcast, is Tony McKenzie (right) from 2pm.
George Long reads the 3pm News.

Radio Nova - Then, from 4pm Dave Harvey (left) and Bob Gallico (below) entertain the listeners at home and in Arnotts.

Then, from 4pm Dave Harvey (left) and Bob Gallico (below) entertain the listeners at home and in Arnotts.

Bernie Jameson reads the news and Barry Francis gives the latest sport updates.

Tony McKenzie from 2pm

Dave Harvey and Bob Gallico from 4pm

Listen with the music stripped out…

Radio Nova - Then, from 4pm Dave Harvey (left) and Bob Gallico (below) entertain the listeners at home and in Arnotts.

All images are from the Arnotts outside broadcast and are by very kind courtesy of Barry Flynn

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RADIO NOVA September 24th 1985

From the very early hours of September 24th 1985, this is the last 15 minutes of Paul Kavanagh's programme on Radio Nova, running until 1am, followed by the first 15 minutes of Mke Duggan's overnight shift.

From the very early hours of September 24th 1985, this is the last 15 minutes of Paul Kavanagh’s programme on Radio Nova, running until 1am, followed by the first 15 minutes of Mke Duggan’s overnight shift.


Enjoy the recording as it was broadcast


Alternatively you can listen in airchecked format

SUNSHINE RADIO September 24th 1985

This is a short recording of Sunshine Radio with Paul Vincent from the early hours of September 24th 1985.

SUIRSIDE RADIO September 27th 1985

This is a recording of the final half-hour of Suirside Radio in Waterford. The station closed at midnight on September 27th 1985 with a plan to return as Crystal City Sound.

This is a recording of the final half-hour of Suirside Radio in Waterford. The station closed at midnight on September 27th 1985 with a plan to return as Crystal City Sound.

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

Radio Nova October 7th 1985

This is the very first ever outing for Radio Nova's Zoo Crew. Colm Hayes, Bob Gallico and Dave Harvey were all in the Dublin studio on the morning of October 7th 1985.
The quality of this recording is not great but its historical value makes it worth listening to and archiving.

This is the very first ever outing for Radio Nova’s Zoo Crew. Colm Hayes, Bob Gallico and Dave Harvey were all in the Dublin studio on the morning of October 7th 1985.
The quality of this recording is not great but its historical value makes it worth listening to and archiving.

Listen as broadcast…

Listen with the music stripped out…

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Q102 October 20th 1985

From a Sunday in October 1985, this is an afternoon’s programming from Dublin superpirate Q102.

First, from approaching 1pm, it’s Greg Gaughran. He’s followed at 2pm by Derek Jones. And Gerry Stevens takes to the air at 5pm.
The whole recording can be listened to either as broadcast, or with the music stripped out.

Greg Gaughran

Derek Jones

Gerry Stevens

With the music stripped out

Q102 station page


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Radio Nova October 25th 1985

From the morning of October 7th 1985 this is a recording of The Zoo Crew from The Nut Hut on Radio Nova. .

From the morning of October 25th 1985 this is a recording of The Zoo Crew from The Nut Hut on Radio Nova.
The quality at the start of this recording is not great but its historical value makes it worth listening to and archiving.


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ERI October 31st 1985

From the early hours of Thursday, October 31st 1985, this is a recording of Tony Ashford on the Cork station ERI.
The tapes started rolling at 3am.

ERI station page


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This recording has been added to our archive with thanks to Ciarán Brannelly


RADIO NOVA December 24th 1985

Christmas Eve morning with Radio Nova’s Zoo Crew from 1985. Colm Hayes, Bob Gallico and assorted guests keep the party flowing from 7.40am.

From one end of the day to the other as John O’Hara plays his last tune before handing over to Jessie Brandon just as the clocks strike midnight for Christmas Day – and All Night Nova.

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