Tony Allan

Sunshine Radio

Sunshine Radio on test two weeks after an act of sabotage brought their transmitter 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.

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


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts in collaboration with Ian Biggar


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

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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