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The Anorak Hour #289

This is edition number 289 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 6th 2002.

This week’s edition features a look back at the events of 2001.

The Anorak Hour #290

This is edition number 290 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 13th 2002.

On this week’s show:-
The Voices of Atlantic 252 as featured on their final live programme (featured in full here);
Charlie Wolf on board the MV Communicator for the offshore pirate Laser 558;
Laser 558 Jingles & Promos;
RTÉ Radio 2’s 5th Birthday Rap;
Mark Cagney on national station Today FM in June 1998;
Dublin dance pirate station ESG FM from April 2000 with Ciarán Murray in air;
Finally, Pete Reed joins Ger for this week’s industry news.

XFM January 13th 2002

This is the Chillage Idiots on XFM recorded off 107.9MHz on the night of January 13th 2002.

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The Anorak Hour #291

This is edition number 291 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 20th 2002.

On this week’s programme:-
The first episode of The Jam Jingles story;
Tom Dunne from his time at 98FM in June 1998;
From 1983, Jim Harland on overnights for New York’s 92 KTU FM;
From November 15th 1998, John Lewis’s return to Radio Caroline on board The Ross Revenge;
Rick O’Shea on FM104 in May 1998;
And finally Pete Reed relays this week’s industry news.

The Anorak Hour #292

This is edition number 292 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast on January 27th 2002.

On this week’s programme:-
The continuation of The Jam Jingles story;
From July 2000, an interview with Prince Terry of SW pirate Ozone Radio International;
A full 8 minutes of Radio Caroline jingles and promos;
And finally a feature on the ever-popular Kenny Everett.

Spin 1038 April 26th 2002

Spin 1038

From the very early days of Spin 1038, the Dublin licensed station serving the youth audience, this is a recording of the Zoo Crew from 7.15pm on April 26th 2002. Ray (Foley) and Clionadh (O’Leary) are the presenters and they start their show reacting to comments made on the old Radiowaves Message Boards. Seán (McCarthy) presents ‘The Story’.

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Freedom FM April 29th 2002

This is Mike O'Brien (right) on the Dublin pirate station Freedom 92FM from the afternoon of April 29th 2002. The recording starts at 4.10pm and is off 92.0MHz.

This is Mike O’Brien (right) on the Dublin pirate station Freedom 92FM from the afternoon of April 29th 2002. The recording starts at 4.10pm and is off 92.0MHz.


This recording is by kind courtesy of Mike O’Brien

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WXTC May 22nd 2002

This is Dublin station WXTC from the period when they were on 91.6MHz FM in Dublin. This recording of the station's specialist Metal show starts at 9.30pm. In their downtime WXTC relayed BBC Radio 5 Live.

This is Dublin station WXTC from May 22nd 2002, during the period when they were on 91.6MHz FM in Dublin. This recording of the station’s specialist Metal show starts at 9.30pm. In their downtime WXTC relayed BBC Radio 5 Live.


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Freedom FM September 13th 2002

From Friday 13th September 2002 this is Mike O'Brien and Nikki (pictured) on Drive for Freedom 92FM, the Dublin pirate station. We join the shenanigans at 5pm.

From Friday 13th September 2002 this is Mike O’Brien and Nikki (pictured) on Drive for Freedom 92FM, the Dublin pirate station. We join the shenanigans at 5pm.


This recording is by kind courtesy of Mike O’Brien

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Freedom FM October 20th 2002

From October 20th 2002 this is a Sunday night recording of the Dublin pirate radio station Freedom FM.
First, from 8.30pm Mike Hogan is on air and he's followed at 9pm by Elaine Kane.

From October 20th 2002 this is a Sunday night recording of the Dublin pirate radio station Freedom FM.
First, from 8.30pm Mike Hogan is on air and he’s followed at 9pm by Elaine Kane.
You have a choice of listening to the recording as it was broadcast, or with the music stripped out.


Michael Hogan as broadcast


Elane Kane as broadcast


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Freedom FM October 27th 2002

Elaine Kane’s Sunday night show on the Dublin pirate Freedom FM. This recording is off 92.0MHz FM from 9pm on October 27th 2002.

Elaine Kane's Sunday night show on the Dublin pirate Freedom FM. This recording is off 92.0MHz FM from 9pm on October 27th 2002.

Bliss FM November 8th 2002

This is the final 30 minutes of Wicklow dance music pirate Bliss FM, who were ordered to cease broadcasting by the ODTR in November 2002 after two years on air.

This is the final 30 minutes of Wicklow dance music pirate Bliss FM, who were ordered to cease broadcasting by the ODTR in November 2002 after two years on air.
The recording has had the music stripped out.

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This recording is with thanks to David C

The Anorak Hour #337

This is edition number 337 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on December 8th 2002.

The first archive recording this week is the second short programme from George Long of irishpirates.com. This time around there’s a brief history of Dublin’s superpirate Energy 103.

Last Tuesday, RTÉ Radio 1’s Joe Duffy Show was given over to the controversy surrounding Radio Kilkenny’s loss of licence to KCLR – The Heart of the Two Counties. Sampled here are some of the contributions from people directly involved.

Next, K.I.C. FM – one of the most powerful Dublin pirate stations of this millenium so far – was brought to its knees by the ODTR in the summer of 2001. The station was forced off the air following a raid on their mountain site, but using a makeshift aerial setup from their city centre location, they were back on air within a week. This recording samples the first live output from their return.

As usual, Pete Reed finishes the show with a look at this week’s news.

The Anorak Hour #338

This is edition number 338 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on December 15th 2002.

First this week is a quick listener’s request – a sample of Eamon Dunphy’s final moments on national station Today FM’s ‘The Last Word’.

Some more studio airchecks from the former long wave giant Atlantic 252 are aired next on the programme. These feature many of the voices which made the Meath-based station so popular on both sides of the Irish Sea.

From 1996, broadcasting on 105. (em) (err) …4, Phantom FM’s forerunner Coast FM is featured next with Jack Hyland on air from the station’s luxurious studios in Ballybrack on their final day of broadcasting.

Next up we’re back to the superpirate era with Q102 and an early recording of Dave Kelly on air. There’s also a sample of the opening moments of the station from 1985.

Next, from 96FM in Cork, there’s a recording of the very unique Ezeke from January this year.

This is followed by a unique recording of a Dublin bandscan from 1981.

Wish you were there? MOR FM in New Zealand do their utmost to make us Irish listeners jealous with this week’s final archive item.

As usual, Pete Reed finishes the show with a look at this week’s broadcast news.

The Anorak Hour #339

This is edition number 339 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on December 22nd 2002.

Christmas on the radio through the years is the theme of this week’s Anorak Hour, which starts with a clip of Tommy Greene on his first day on Radio Dublin from December 1979. These days Tommy is with Lite Fm and he’s also sampled with his Saturday night ‘Soundtrack of the ’70s’ show.

From Christmas Eve 1985, Dave Kelly is featured next on the ‘Q Drive’ for Q102. Gary Hamill reads the news.

Sunshine Radio, with Paul Kavanagh on air from December 1983, is next, quickly followed by Mike Doyle on Radio Annabel from Christmas Eve of the same year.

Irish radio was never to be the same again. Gay Byrne’s final show for RTÉ Radio 1 aired on Christmas Eve 1998. It is extensively featured next.

From a stormy St Stephen’s Day in 1997, Philip Cawley on air for Radio Ireland (which was renamed Today FM shortly afterwards) is the next archive recording.

Finally, a sample from Dundalk station Radio Carousel’s Christmas Party from the mid-80s.

Pete Reed then presents the week’s broadcast news and brings us right up to date.

The Anorak Hour #340

This is edition number 340 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on December 29th 2002.

The last Anorak Hour of 2002 features some output from local stations on Christmas Day this year.

Starting off the selection is Ruth Scott on RTÉ’s 2FM; she’s followed by Enda Caldwell & Ian Dempsey on national station Today FM; and then there’s Seán Ashmore on air on Wicklow’s East Coast FM.

Very few pirate stations had live programming on Christmas day. There were, however, two notable exceptions in Dublin: Freedom 92FM & Phantom FM. Phantom featured an incredible marathon broadcast from the one and only Steve Conway.

The world’s last offshore pirate, Arutz-7, is featured next with a short recording from October 1999. This is followed by a feature on the Voice of Peace, the former Mediterranean-based political offshore pirate.

The legendary Jimmy Young has retired from BBC Radio. The next feature looks at his long and illustrious UK radio career.

Finally in the archives section, a look-back through the years at Phantom FM.

As usual, to finish the show, Pete Reed looks at this week’s news.

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