Alan Russell

CAPITOL RADIO December 7th 1975

This is a recording from December 7th 1975 of Dublin pirate Capitol Radio.
It features Alan Russell’s programme on a Sunday afternoon and includes an interview with the band The Horslips which was recorded on location.
This broadcast went out on 220m MW utilising a 30 watt transmitter fed into a half-wave aerial.

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Al Russell who adds:
It includes an interview with Horslips recorded in the National Stadium on the Sth. Circular Road in Dublin. We aired an interview with Chris De Burgh the following week before the P&T raided & closed the station on 21st December.
Perhaps we were becoming too popular & successful, if we had stuck with simply playing the top 40 as per Radio Dublin we might have lasted longer, who knows. Certainly brought back the memories compiling this copy, I was just 19 when Capitol was on air in 1975.
My late father used to secretly tune in with my siblings at home on the radio in the kitchen. It was always carefully re-tuned to Radio Éireann by the time I returned home!

Capitol Radio Station Page

CAPITOL RADIO (December 14th 1975)

This is a recording of the Dublin pirate Capitol Radio from December 14th 1975.
It features Alan Russell’s programme on a Sunday afternoon and includes an interview with Chris de Burgh.
This broadcast went out on 220m MW utilising a 30 watt transmitter fed into a half-wave aerial.

Radio Retro: archiving Irish Radio broadcasts with the help of Al Russell

Capitol Radio Station Page

CAPITOL RADIO December 16th 1978

Capitol Radio recording with Alan Russell

This is a recording of Dublin pirate Capitol Radio from December 16th 1978.
It features Alan Russell interviewing studio guests Owen McQuail & John Hynde who were members of Spectrum – a UFO/Parapsychology group.

Al Russell gave us a little more background for this recording:-
It was broadcast from 10pm on the night of Saturday, December 16th 1978
It was part of the station’s Night Flight segment which ran from 9pm nightly, featuring programmes of specialist interest – usually rock, New Wave, Rockabilly, Jazz etc.
The phone-in was somewhat experimental as it was competing with Gay Byrne’s Late Late show on the television.

Capitol Radio Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Al Russell

PREMIER FM September 18th 2004

The full day's live programming from the first day of Premier FM's first temporary licence run on 94.9MHz in Dublin. The classic oldies station went live at midnight on September 18th 2004.

These are recordings of a large selection of the live programming from the first day of Premier FM’s first temporary licence run on 94.9MHz in Dublin.

The classic oldies station went live at midnight on September 18th 2004 from a studio located in the Russell Court Hotel in the heart of the city.

We have every minute of live programming from midnight through to 3.30pm. Then we have the three hour block from 6pm-9pm.


Greg Townsend introduces some of the Premier FM team from midnight [Full]

Greg Townsend returns for the first live show of the day at 8am [Full]

Denis Wilson takes over at 10am, with Alan Russell on News [Full]

David Baker is in studio from midday [Full]

Garv Rigby takes over from 2pm [90 mins]

From 5pm Vincent Hughes presents two hours of Strictly ’70s [6-7pm]

Mike Williams takes the 7-10pm slot [120 mins]

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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