This is Steve Conway live on a Christmas morning on Phantom FM, the alt-rock Dublin-based pirate station.
Recorded on December 25th 2000, this was the first time the station experimented with live programming on the big day at a time when even the big licensed stations were running pre-records.
Steve recalls that first show: “This is the first-ever time that pirate Phantom had a live show on Christmas day. When I offered to do it, they said I could if I wanted to, but that it would be very quiet. It turned out quite the opposite – tons of people were listening, and I was quickly deluged with requests by text and phone.
Sinister Pete was so impressed listening to the show that he decided to come in after me and do a live afternoon show too!
“One other feature of the recording is hilarious to me now – my accent. I was not long back in the country after 16 years living in the UK, and I sounded very English.
“Also, during the time I had been away from Ireland, there had been a big change in children’s names. In my era girls were Mary, or Gráinne, Orla or Deirdre. There were no Aoifes – a name you will hear me mispronounce spectacularly on more than one occasion, along with other more modern Irish names.
Which, of course, just made me sound even more English!”
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This recording has been added to our Irish Radio Recordings Archive with thanks to Steve Conway