September

ATLANTIC 252 September 1st 1989

Gary King launching Atlantic 22

This is a full recording of the first day on the air from Atlantic 252.
It was made off 254kHz long wave and starts with test transmissions from 7.05am leading up to the launch with Gary King from 8am and then the full day’s programming through to closedown at 7pm.
Also on air that first day were Henry Owens, Tony West, Dusty Rhodes, Charlie Wolf. And on news was Andrew Turner and Mary Ellen O’Brien.

Test transmissions from 7.05am


Launch from 8am with Gary King


Henry Owens from 9am


Tony West from midday


Dusty Rhodes from 2pm


Charlie Wolf from 4pm


If you’d prefer an airchecked version, here’s the full day…

CENTURY RADIO September 1st 1989

September 1st test transmissions from the new independent national station Century Radio, which was due to launch on the 4th.

RADIO DUBLIN September 1st 1989

Dave Felton on air for Radio Dublin (International!) on the afternoon of September 1st 1989. Recorded off 101.2MHz (with the station also broadcasting on 1188kHz and 6910kHz), we join Dave’s show at 2.16pm.

LMFM RADIO September 3rd 1989

LMFM Radio’s first hour on air from 1pm on September 3rd 1989. LMFM are the licensed service for the Louth / Meath franchise area.

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002
This recording is with huge thanks to Chris Murray

CENTURY RADIO September 4th 1989

Marty Whelan on the first show for Century
Marty Whelan on the first show for Century

This is a recording of the launch of the new national licensed service Century Radio from 8am on September 4th 1989. Marty Whelan and his Breakfast Crew guide then listener through the first two hours on air.

Listen exactly as it was broadcast…

Listen with the music edited out…

WLR FM September 8th 1989

Eight months after ceasing broadcasts as a pirate, WLR returned to air in Waterford with a licence. This is a recording of their launch from midday on September 8th 1989.

Eight months after ceasing broadcasts as a pirate, WLR returned to air in Waterford with a licence. This is a recording of their launch from midday on September 8th 1989.

This recording is by kind courtesy of Shay Searson
Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002

CLARE FM September 10th 1989

Ger Sweeney with President Hillery in the Clare FM studio on the day of launch
Ger Sweeney with President Hillery in the Clare FM studio on the day of launch

This is a recording of the launch of Clare FM, one of the new licensed services in the post-pirate era.
The date is September 10th 1989 and Ger Sweeney introduced listeners to the new station.

Launching Clare FM

Last year to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the launch, Ger Sweeney published a hugely-recommended book called “Launching Clare FM” which told the stories of all that were there on day one.
It’s a historical record of a unique event and will be of interest to anyone interested in Irish radio.
Here’s a chance to read the book that accompanies the Radio Retro recording!!!
Copies of the book, which Ger will sign if requested, can be ordered by writing to launchingclarefm@gmail.com or via PayPal to the same address.

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Ger Sweeney

If you have any old cassettes or digitised recordings that we can add here, please get in touch – radiowavesfm@radioanoraks.com or use wetransfer to the same address.

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