From May 7th 1984 this is programming from Dublin station Radio Nova recorded off 88.2MHz. The four recordings span much of the day from early morning through late evening.
First, from 7am, Bob Gallico is reading the news leading into his shared programme with Declan Meehan.
Following them Colm Hayes is on air from 9am.
Later in the day we catch the last hour and 10 minutes of Greg Gaughran’s afternoon programme.
Then from 7pm the ever-popular Jason Maine takes over for the evening broadcast.
These Radio Nova recordings are courtesy of DX Archive
These recordings were made at a time when RTÉ were engaged in a jamming campaign against the Dublin superpirates Radio Nova and Sunshine Radio. Nova’s studios had been relocated to the transmitter site at Nova Park in Rathfarnham because the microwave links from the previous studio location at Herbert Street were being targetted. To make things more difficult for RTÉ, Radio Nova were also broadcasting on 102.7MHz (in addition to 88.2MHz) and had two MW transmitters in action as well on 729kHz and 819kHz. Nova sister station Kiss FM had been broadcasting on 102.7MHz but it had been closed in January as a result of the jamming.
Friday September 28th 1984. The question posed to listeners of Radio Nova was: “What would you do with £5,000?” To win, you had to be the 50th caller once the station had played three particular songs in a row. The promos had been running for weeks but this day was the last day it could possibly happen, and it had to happen before 7pm.
First in these recordings, from 11.30am, John Clarke gives some clues to when it would happen. There are large gaps in the recordings so his show is split into three parts. Following John, there’s Greg Gaughran’s show from 2pm – split into twp parts due to a large gap in the recording. There’s a choice of listening with the music stripped out or to hear the output exactly as broadcast (it becomes very important to realise it is exactly a broadcast).
First from 11.25am…this is John Clarke either as broadcast or airchecked
Staying with John Clarke from 12.45pm, again either as broadcast or airchecked
Finally John Clarke with the last 15 minutes of his show – as broadcast or airchecked
From 2pm this is Greg Gaughran as broadcast or airchecked
We rejoin Greg Gaughran from 4pm, again as broadcast or airchecked
Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts in collaboration with Gary Hogg
A recording of The Boss on Radio Nova. Presenting the Euro Top 40 on July 14th 1985, this is Chris Cary with the best five from 3.40pm. There’s also a brief snippet of the 4pm news with Bernie Jameson.
This is a recording of programming from the last Saturday of a temporary licence run for Choice FM, an easy listening station broadcasting to Dublin on 92.1MHz under the stewardship of Kevin Branigan. Thanks to the popularity of Choice FM a new full-time licence for an easy listening was advertised and awarded to 4FM (Now Classic Hits).
From midday this is Bernie Jameson
Rob G from 2pm
Joe Harrington from 4pm
6pm Shay Healey with the Best of Abba
Mike Doyle from 7pm
9pm Paul Ormond
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