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…
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via PayPal to the same address.
This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Ger Sweeney
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