2003

The Anorak Hour #341

This is edition number 341 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 5th 2003.

The first Anorak Hour of 2003 features the annual look-back at events of the past year, and a look-forward to what may be in store for this year.
(Gillingham FC supporter) Pete is in the studio this week, along with John Fleming from radiowaves.fm.

The usual archive recordings start with a selection of moments from Newstalk 106’s test transmissions and a sample from their launch from April last year.

Next, a look at how the closedown of ITV Digital was reported across various UK outlets.

The next item looks at a new technological approach to broadcasting with the launch of Andy Ruane’s Ireland Live TV service.

There was a World Cup last year, which was kind of hard to miss thanks to certain incidents, and the next item features a sample from Today FM’s coverage which was based in Japan. There’s also a look back at an Anorak Hour News moment which came at a very tense time whilst a particular match was taking place!

Long-running Dublin station Freedom 92FM are next up in the Archives section. There’s also a chat with Andy Walker live on the programme.

There’s also a look at the situation with the Kilkenny/Tipperary licence debacle via a sample of calls from listeners on Joe Duffy’s Liveline.

Dublin youth station Spin 1038 finally made it to air in April last year. Samples from their test transmissions and launch follow.

The Anorak Hour #342

This is edition number 342 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 12th 2003.

This week’s show starts with some airchecks of presenters who were on the move during 2002. Featured are Greg Gaughran in June; Aidan Cooney in November; Bob Conway in December; Jack Kincaid; and finally, the legendary BP Fallon and his one-off special show for Phantom FM last May.

The original Energy 94FM closed down last February. The next archive recording features moments from their last day on air.

Phantom FM is featured next with various clips through the years from the station.

Then, the ever-popular former long wave giant Atlantic 252 is featured with airchecks of Hollywood Hayes & Charlie Wolf on air.

Back to 1987 for the next archive recording. Featured is Jason Maine on Sunday morning duty for Q102.

On 15th December last year, John Public celebrated 20 years playing reggae music over the airwaves. Sampled is his show which aired on local Dublin station Jazz FM.

Finally in the archive section, we hear from from Barry Lang & Peter Collins at 2FM in 1998, two presenters who are no longer on your radio.

Throughout the show there’s a news review of last year, as reported by Radiowaves News, and the broadcast news is brought right up to date when Pete Reed joins Ger to finish the show.

The Vibe

Hot Radio spin-off The Vibe live with test broadcasts from 7.05pm on January 13th 2003. The station appeared on 99.1MHz FM in Dublin.

The Anorak Hour #343

This is edition number 343 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 19th 2003.

This week’s show starts with a couple of listener requests.
First, various memories from ESG FM – the successor to dance station Pulse 103 – are sampled.
Following that, there’s a lookback to early recordings from the station that recently finished life as Hits 106FM. First of all from 1983 when it was known as Dublin South Community Radio; then into the 90s with two samples under the call-sign DLR FM. 

2FM was 21 years of age in May 2000. Gerry Ryan remembers – sort of – his beginnings on the station in this recording. 

From August 1980, Richard Davis on Radio Dublin is featured next in an with a local band interview. 

In September 1997, the IRTC’s Chief Executive Michael O’Keeffe was interviewed by Richard Crowley on RTÉ Radio 1 about upcoming licences, pirate activity, and the problems at Radio Ireland. 

Finally in this week’s archive section, some influential Radio Nova (and related) memories are given an airing. 

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

The Anorak Hour #344

This is edition number 344 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 26th 2003.

On this week’s programme:-
A sample of Alan Freeman on BBC Radio 2;
Test broadcasts from Monaghan’s Energy 106 and an interview with the station engineer Miles Johnstone;
Pete Reed’s final Sunday night programme for Coast FM in 1996;
Steve K on FM104 from NY Eve 1999;
Then a sample of an anorak news feature broadcast on SW station Weekend Music Radio from Scotland in the 80s;
And finally Pete Reed rings in this week’s industry news.

The Big L

The unique sound of The Big L (also known as The Big LCR – Lisa Community Radio) in a recording from the night of June 8th 2003 from 11.05pm.

Comreg were closely monitoring this Longford station at this particular time and it very quickly becomes apparent why.

If you’ve heard the station’s lone presenter – his assorted menagerie notwithstanding – Paddy ‘The Daw’ Farrell before you’ll need absolutely no introduction.

Sit back, tune to 106.5MHz in Longford to hear ‘Culture, Craic and The Unexpected on The Big L’.

Radiowaves Station Page for The Big L

Beat 102-103

The launch of the first of the – at the time – newly-created regional services. Beat 102-103 are licensed to cover the south-east of the country.

Launch date was July 1st 2003 at 1.02pm with Leigh Doyle.

BBC RADIO 2 August 26th 2003

The Radio Revolutionaries was a BBC Radio 2 special programme.

Former pirate DJ Pete Drummond presents part 1 of a two-part tribute to pirate radio, which broadcast its first threat to mainstream radio from the continent in the 30s.

Former pirate DJ Pete Drummond presents part 1 of a two-part tribute to pirate radio, which broadcast its first threat to mainstream radio from the continent in the 30s.

The documentary was broadcast at 8.30pm on August 26th 2003 and was recorded via the Astra satellite.

BBC RADIO 2 September 2nd 2003

The Radio Revolutionaries was a BBC Radio 2 special programme.

Former pirate DJ Pete Drummond presents part 1 of a two-part tribute to pirate radio, which broadcast its first threat to mainstream radio from the continent in the 30s.

Pirate DJ Pete Drummond presents the second in a two-part tribute to pirate radio. Finally outlawed in 1967, the golden age seemed to be over. But the pirates’ legacy was the establishment of Radio 1 and the birth of independent local radio.
Producer Nick St George

The documentary was broadcast at 8.30pm on September 2nd 2003 and was recorded via the Astra satellite.

Phantom FM

This recording, off 97.3MHz in Dublin, features Paul Clarke on air on Christmas morning in 2003.

At this point the former pirate were operating at weekends only on a temporary licence.

Kiss FM

One of the hardier of the dance music stations, this is Dublin’s Kiss FM on 94.4MHz from December 27th 2003. The station closed in January 2004.
The recording starts at 7.30pm on the 27th.

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