Tony Allan

SUNSHINE RADIO September 28th 1980

Sunshine Radio on test two weeks after an act of sabotage brought their mast crashing to the ground before the station could get off the ground.

In the first clip, Tony Allan is on air for a test broadcast on September 28th…

Tony Allan testing for Sunshine Radio – September 28th 1980

…and in the second clip, Robbie Dale is first on air from 4.55pm and he’s followed by Chris Cary.

Radio Nova

An (airchecked) recording of Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from April 24th 1982. Taken from 88.2MHz it features the voices of Tony Allan, Siobhán Purcell on news and Don Allen.

KISS FM October 27th 1982

This is a morning’s worth of programming from Kiss FM, the Radio Nova sister station.
Recorded in Dublin off 102.7MHz we first hear from John Clarke from 7.50am and he’s followed by Tony Allan from 11am.


John Clarke as broadcast from 7.50am


Tony Allan as broadcast from 11am-11.25am

Tony Allan as broadcast from 12.01pm-12.15pm

Tony Allan as broadcast from 12.35pm-1pm


With the music stripped out


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RADIO CAROLINE April 1st 1983

On the morning of April 1st 1983, with South Coast Radio in Cork broadcasting as normal using their 10kw transmitter on 1566kHz and on FM, local listeners chancing upon the station’s ‘spare’ frequency using a standby 200watt transmitter on 1557kHz would have been amazed to hear the return of the ship-bound offshore pirate Radio Caroline, which had been promising to make a comeback for a while at that stage, and had now anchored off the coast at Cork.

This recording starts at 11.20am with Hertz van Rental.

The reasons why Radio Caroline were on the frequency was eventually revealed.

The transmitter returned to South Coast Radio programming, with Tony Allan, following the midday news.

South Coast Radio station page


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RADIO NOVA September 28th 1984

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.

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


RADIO NOVA (June 6th 1985)

Radio Nova's Funny Bubble Competition
Sunday World – Click to read

This is a recording of Radio Nova the Dublin superpirate, which starts at just before midnight on June 6th 1985.

It features the final of the Funny Bubble Competition (seen here in the Sunday World) live from Nova Park.

A whole host of Nova personalities – Tony Allan, John Clarke, Bob Gallico, Chris Cary & Colm Hayes – are involved as the winners are chosen.

Henry Owens plays the tunes back in the studio and Bernie Jameson reads the news.

This recording was made in the NW of England and conditions are variable for the duration.

This Radio Nova recording / image is with kind courtesy of Gary Hogg / DX Archive

ENERGY 103 October 22nd 1986

Tony Allan
Courtesy: Mike Mahon

From October 1986, this is ‘The Voice’, the one and only Tony Allan on Dublin’s Energy 103.
We join him halfway through the Park Leisure Complex Hour from 7.30pm on 103.0MHz.

You can listen to the recording as it was broadcast here

Or if you’d prefer an airchecked version, choose below


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LLCR February 23rd 1987

 From February 23rd 1987 this is LLCR, the Dublin pirate based in the heart of the Liberties area of the city centre. The recording runs from 4.30pm through to 11pm and features 'Tony' at 4.30pm; Eddie O'Neill from 5pm; Tony Allan from 7pm and Derek Evans from 9pm.

From February 23rd 1987 this is LLCR, the Dublin pirate based in the heart of the Liberties area of the city centre. The recording runs from 4.30pm through to 11pm and features ‘Tony’ at 4.30pm; Eddie O’Neill from 5pm; Tony Allan from 7pm and Derek Evans from 9pm.

Listen to ‘Tony’ from 4.30pm

Listen to Eddie O’Neill from 5pm

Listen to Tony Allan from 7pm

Listen to Derek Evans from 9pm

Listen to the whole evening with the music stripped out


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002


Energy 103

Darad commented on the above recording:
Check out that audio. I am pretty sure that was me that put in that request for us down at Fast Food Ranelagh as that’s where I worked at the time and we always phoned in requests to Energy. Sometimes I’d cycle down there and get goodies thrown down to me from the third floor whilst Rick Dees was on!

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