This is ‘The Final Show’ from Dublin superpirate Sunshine Radio. Newly introduced legislation required all unlicensed stations to vacate the airwaves at the end of 1988 or face huge fines and possible imprisonment.
Sunshine Radio scheduled their switch off for 6pm on December 30th and ran an all day special show looking back at the history of the station, year by year, from its launch in September 1980. Paul Kavanagh was in the studio all day and many others came and went. The main presenters were:- Dusty Rhodes from 9am; Mark Byrne from Midday; Nails Mahoney and Justin McKenna from 4pm
The full day is included here and there are a couple of ways to listen – either by picking an hour (year) or in two large blocks.
This is a full recording of the first day on the air from Atlantic 252. It was made off 254kHz long wave and starts with test transmissions from 7.05am leading up to the launch with Gary King from 8am and then the full day’s programming through to closedown at 7pm. Also on air that first day were Henry Owens, Tony West, Dusty Rhodes, Charlie Wolf. And on news was Andrew Turner and Mary Ellen O’Brien.
Test transmissions from 7.05am
Launch from 8am with Gary King
Henry Owens from 9am
Tony West from midday
Dusty Rhodes from 2pm
Charlie Wolf from 4pm
If you’d prefer an airchecked version, here’s the full day…