Louise Byrne

Phantom FM October 31st 2006

From Hallowe’en 2006 this is the licensed launch of Phantom FM, the long-running alt-rock Dublin pirate station. We join the pre-launch countdown with ten minutes to go to the midday commencement of live programmes.
We have every minute of the day’s live programming for you to enjoy.

The Phantom team just before the station launched.
Front row (left to right) Jack Hyland, Peter Vamos, Simon Maher, Brian Daly, Ger Roe, Neil Austin
Photo with thanks to Steve Conway

11.50am Pre-launch; launch with the Phantom team; Simon Maher with Louise Byrne on News


From 3pm Sinister Pete is let loose on the airwaves again. Emer McLysaght is on News. Listen as broadcast….

…or with the music stripped out


From 6pm Darragh Brophy takes over. Listen as broadcast….

…or with the music stripped out


From 8pm John Walshe is in the Phantom studio and Sinéad Ní Mhordha is at the launch party. Listen as broadcast…. 

…or with the music stripped out


Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002


Phantom FM November 1st 2006

Day two for the licensed version of Phantom FM. This is every minute of live programming from their second day on air on 105.2MHz in Dublin.
The day starts with Sinister Pete serving Breakfast from 7am.
Then Coffey is served from 10am with Neill Austin serving up lunch from midday.
Simon Maher is on from 2pm; and then Jack Hyland from 5pm.
Spiral Stairs is on from 8pm and the final live programme of the day starts at 10pm.


7am Sinister Pete with Pure Morning

From 10am Edel Coffey with Access All Areas

Neill Austin from midday

From 2pm Simon Maher takes over.

At 5pm it’s Jack Hyland

From 8pm it’s Spiral Stairs

And finally from 10pm

The press covered the station’s launch…

Day two for the licensed version of Phantom  FM. This is every minute of live programming from their second day on air on 105.2MHz in Dublin.
The day starts with Sinister Pete serving Breakfast from 7am.

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002


Phantom FM November 4th 2006

The first Saturday on the air for the licensed version of Phantom FM. This is every minute of live programming from their fifth day on air on 105.2MHz in Dublin.
The day starts with Cathal Funge from 8am.


8am Cathal Funge starts the day

From 11am It’s Nadine O’Regan with Kiosk

Richie McCormack from midday

From 2pm it’s Stadium Rock with Richie Ryan

Next from 5pm

At 7pm Sinéad Ní Mhórdha presents The Archive

And finally from 10pm, it’s Amber

Hot Press covered the station’s weekend programming…

The first Saturday on the air for the licensed version of Phantom FM. This is every minute of live programming from their fifth day on air on 105.2MHz in Dublin.

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002


The Anorak Hour #L16

The sixteenth edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on February 18th 2007.

On this week’s edition:-
Dusty Rhodes on 2FM in July 1998 with the extremely popular Hotline Request programme;
More from Leon Tippler’s documentary series, this time featuring Sunshine Radio;
From August 1967, Radio London as it prepared to close, plus Radio Caroline;
Following the news update, the next item features Sydney station 2Day FM’s Fugitive promotion;
Then from September 1989, the official launch of Atlantic 252;
Next item features Nikki Hayes on Spin 1038;
Last, from 1984, Chris Cary on Radio Nova.

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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