1986

BLANCHARDSTOWN FM BAND SERVICE (January 17th 1986)

This is a recording of Blanchardstown FM Band Service (BFBS) from January 17th 1986 from 3.10pm.

This interesting hobbyist pirate station was available on short wave and a number of FM frequencies.

The recording starts with the end of a French language programme for their listeners on SW and continues with Gerry Carroll at the mic.

This BFBS recording is with thanks to Joe Rossa

The Blanchardstown FM Band Service station page

Q102

Gerry Stevens, then John Power on air from 6.52pm

Q102 celebrates one year on air. This recording from January 23rd 1986 starts at 6.52pm with Gerry Stevens on air leading to the 7pm news with Anne Cassin (pictured).

After 7pm John Kenny takes to the airwaves.

Westside Radio International

This January 26th 1986 recording starts at 11.57am, just in time for this week’s DX News with Prince Terry.

Westside Radio International off 6280kHz SW

Radio Nova

Three recordings of Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from March 16th 1986.

First up we join Dave Johnson as he concludes the first hour of this week’s European Top 40 at 12.55pm.

Next, we join him as he counts down from number 4 to finish the show from 2.45pm.

Finally, after a break in transmission as announced on the 3pm News, we join John O’Hara with Nova Gold from 3.26pm



With thanks to Gary Hogg – DX Archive

RADIO WEST March 30th 1986

This is the first edition of Radio West’s Anorak Show from Sunday, March 30th 1986.
Seán Coyne and Philip Hilton present the week’s anorak news and gossip.

Radio West station page

This Radio West recording is with thanks to Joe Rossa

WATERFORD LOCAL RADIO April 2nd 1986

This is a recording of Waterford Local Radio from April 1986. Seán Orghan is on air from 10.14pm.


WLR Station Page


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


ERI April 2nd 1986

This is a recording of the Cork 80s pirate station Radio ERI dated April 2nd 1986.
Steve Kelly is on the air from 11.30pm.

ERI station page


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


LLCR

This recording of Dublin station LLCR is from April 4th 1986, when the station was newly-launched.

It features Paul Barrett’s programme in two parts, the first starts at 4.30pm and the second and starts at 5.13pm.

At this time the station broadcast on 96.7MHz FM and 1035kHz AM.

This Radio Retro recording is with thanks to Joe Rossa

LLCR station page

RADIO WEST April 6th 1986

This is the second edition of Radio West’s Anorak Show from Sunday, April 6th 1986.
Philip Hilton presents the week’s anorak news and gossip.

Radio West station page

This Radio West recording is with thanks to Joe Rossa

RADIO DUBLIN April 26th 1986

This is a recording of a special broadcast marking the 20th birthday of Radio Dublin. 'The History of Radio Dublin' was hosted by Pat Jennings and included various studio and telephone guests looking back at the station's history.

This is a recording of a special broadcast marking the 20th birthday of Radio Dublin. ‘The History of Radio Dublin’ was hosted by Pat Jennings and included various studio and telephone guests looking back at the station’s history.

Energy 103

The first day of broadcasts from Energy 103.

On Sunday April 27th 1986, 103.1MHz and 738kHz in Dublin had lit up with continuous music tests, presumed to be the return of Zoom 103 – the station owned by former Nova employees – which had broadcast for just a few days following the closure of Radio Nova on March 19th.

The unidentified tests returned on Monday April 28th, this time on 103.0MHz and 738kHz. Following a couple of hours of continuous music, the station went live at around 2pm and identified as Energy 103.

Richard Jackson was the first jock on the air and this recording has the very first presenter ID and then has Richard’s show in full.

At 4pm Tony McKenzie takes over the reins.

WLS MUSIC RADIO May 3rd 1986

This is a recording of the 1980s Galway pirate station WLS Music Radio featuring first, Seán O'Boill, and then Casey Kasem.
From 1.43pm on May 3rd 1986, we catch the last few minutes of Seán's show before joining Casey Kasem's American Top 40 at 2pm.

This is a recording of the 1980s Galway pirate station WLS Music Radio featuring first, Seán O’Boill, and then Casey Kasem.
From 1.43pm on May 3rd 1986, we catch the last few minutes of Seán’s show before joining Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 at 2pm.
There’s also the possibility of listening to an edited version with the music stripped out.

Seán O’Boill

Casey Kasem

Edited

ENERGY 103 May 6th 1986

This is a recording of Tony McKenzie on Dublin’s Energy 103 from May 6th 1986 at 6.40pm.


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002
Photo credit Mike Mahon


Radio Sandymount

From May 1986 this is David Baker on air for Radio Sandymount – one of the series of ‘Festival’ stations that popped up in towns whenever they had their Community Week during the summer months. This recording starts at 2.31pm.

ENERGY 103 (June 4th 1986)

This is a recording of the Dublin station Energy 103 from June 4th 1986. It starts at 7.13am and features John O’Hara and Gary Hamill on air with Early Energy.

Unfortunately, this recording has two large segments missing from the programme but that does not affect the enjoyment of a great sample from the early stage of the station.

Energy 103 Station Page

ENERGY 103 (June 7th 1986)

This is a late night recording of the Dublin station Energy 103 from June 7th 1986.

It starts at 11.45pm and feature Gary Hamill on air with Pure Energy.

This Energy 103 recording is a Radio Retro original

Energy 103 Station Page

Energy 103

John O’Hara on Energy 103 from 7.09pm on June 19th 1986.

RADIO WEST June 22nd 1986

This is an edition of Radio West’s Anorak Show from Sunday, June 22nd 1986 which features a long phone-call from Heady Eddie and the rest of the week’s anorak news and gossip.

Radio West station page

This Radio West recording is with thanks to Joe Rossa

Q102 July 21st 1986

This is Dublin pirate Q102 from July 21st 1986. Al Dunne is on air from 2.31pm.

Q102 station page


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002


ENERGY 103 July 21st 1986

This is a recording of Gareth O’Callaghan with The Energy Cruise on Energy 103 from July 21st 1986.

Energy 103 station page


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002


RADIO WEST July 27th 1986

This is an edition of Radio West’s Anorak Show from Sunday, July 27th 1986.
Seán Coyne is joined by guest presenter Bob Gallico for this edition in which they dissect all the radio industry stories of note.

Radio West station page

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

RADIO RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL August 24th 1986

This is edition 31 of Kieran Murray’s Free Radio Show on the SW station Radio Rainbow International from August 24th 1986 based in Louth.
This week’s featured station is Athlone Local Radio and the jingle package is from Downtown Radio in Northern Ireland

This recording is courtesy of Kieran Murray

ENERGY 103 August 31st 1986

This is a recording of Mike Kingston playing love songs in the twilight hours on Dublin’s Energy 103. We join him at 3am on August 31st 1986.

You can listen to the recording as it was broadcast here

Or if you’d prefer an airchecked version, choose below


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002


Q102

From the afternoon of September 14th 1986, this is a recording of John Lander’s Hit Music USA as aired on Dublin station Q102.

DIAMOND RADIO (October 27th 1986)

From the October bank holiday in 1986, this is a recording of John Gold on Diamond Radio, the small, hobbyist pirate station based in Ballyfermot.

This Diamond Radio recording is with thanks to John O’Flaherty

Diamond Radio station page

NORTH DUBLIN COMMUNITY RADIO November 9th 1986

From November 1986 this is a recording of North Dublin Community Radio off 100FM.

From November 1986 this is a recording of North Dublin Community Radio off 100FM.

Starting at 9am, it’s the debut outing for Early Call with Dave & Tony.

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Dave O’Connor

NDCR Station Page

WEST COUNTRY RADIO November 28th 1986

From November 1986 this is a recording of the south Limerick based pirate station West Country Radio. On the air is Paul Fahy from 8.10pm.


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002
This contribution is from the collection of Ian Biggar


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