Cork

CORK BROADCASTING COMPANY March 21st 1978

From March 21st 1978, this is King Tony on Cork Broadcasting Company from 6.10pm. Recorded off 210metres MW, this clip is airchecked.

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BIG BROTHER RADIO January 1st 1981

This is a recording of Big Brother Radio from January 1st 1981. The clip is off 88.65MHz and features Philip Gee on air from 4.25pm.

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RADIO CAROLINE CORK July 19th 1981

From July 19th 1981 this is a recording of Radio Caroline Cork, a long-running unlicensed station.

This sample was recorded off 98.8MHz FM and it starts just as John O’Mahony is finishing up his show before Paul Curtis takes over at 2pm.

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RADIO CITY August 17th 1981

From August 17th 1981 this is Radio City from Cork, recorded off 95.5MHz.

We’re looking for an ID on the first presenter; he’s followed by Carl Johnson from just after 5pm.

Radio City station page


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CAPITAL RADIO CORK August 17th 1981

This is a recording of Capital Radio from Cork on 1305kHz, dated August 17th 1981 and starting at 5.46pm.

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COMMUNITY RADIO YOUGHAL August 18th 1981

This is a recording of the Cork station Community Radio Youghal from August 18th 1981. Starting at 12.10pm, Eileen Connolly is on air and she’s followed by ‘Lunchtime with Seán Healey’ at 12.30pm.

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LEESIDE COMMUNITY RADIO April 5th 1982

This is a recording of Leeside Community Radio from Cork on April 5th 1982 at 4pm.

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LEESIDE COMMUNITY RADIO April 6th 1982

This is a recording of the Cork station Leeside Community Radio off 102.3MHz on April 6th 1982 at 9.44am.

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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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CORK CITY LOCAL RADIO May 22nd 1983

CCLR Cork City Local Radio

From Sunday, May 22nd 1983, this is Cork City Local Radio with Ken Regis on the air in the early evening.

This was just a few days after the raids on Radio Nova and Sunshine Radio in Dublin.

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This recording is with thanks to Ken O’Sullivan


SOUTH COAST RADIO September 17th 1983

From September 17th 1983, this is a recording of South Coast Radio, the Cork super station. On the air is Alan West and the tapes started rolling at 3.15pm

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CORK CITY LOCAL RADIO September 18th 1983

From September 18th 1983, this is a short clip of Steve Marshall on Cork City Local Radio. Recorded off 98FM it runs from 2.50pm.

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SOUTH COAST RADIO September 18th 1983

From September 18th 1983, this is a recording of South Coast Radio, the Cork super station. On the air is Pete O’Neill and the tapes started rolling at 3.28pm

South Coast Radio Sunday World advert

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ERI September 18th 1983

This is Don Allen on the Cork 80s pirate station Radio ERI in a recording dated September 18th 1983. It starts at 3.50pm.

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SOUTH COAST RADIO October 30th 1983

From Sunday, October 30th 1983, this is programming from the Cork station South Coast Radio.

First, from 3.30pm, John Lewis is on air, recorded off 1557kHz .

Then, from 4pm, Steve Douglas takes over, also recorded off 1557kHz.

Later, from 7.20pm, George Long is on evening duty, this time recorded off 102.9MHz.

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CORK CITY LOCAL RADIO October 30th 1983

From Sunday, October 30th 1983, this is Cork City Local Radio recorded off 97.9MHz FM.
First, we hear from Steve Marshall with Cork’s Top 40 countdown from 3.30pm.
He’s followed at 4.30pm by Rob Richards.

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SOUTH COAST RADIO October 31st 1983

From Monday, October 31st 1983, this is a recording of South Coast Radio, the Cork superpirate.

First, from just after midnight there’s Nick Richards, recorded off 1557kHz .

Later, from 6.25am, Don Stevens does breakfast, also recorded off 1557kHz.

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CORK CITY LOCAL RADIO October 31st 1983

Credit: Pat Galvin

This is a recording of Steve Marshall on Cork City Local Radio from October 31st 1983. It is taken off 97.9MHz and starts at 6.25am

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ERI October 31st 1983

From October 31st 1983, this is the Cork superstation ERI, recorded off 100.1MHz FM.
On air from 6.30am-8am are Hugh Browne and Anna Craig.
The second file is from 8.30am.

ERI Station Page

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Image: Paul Rowley

NORTH CORK LOCAL RADIO October 31st 1983

This is a recording of North Cork Local Radio from October 31st 1983. Ben O’Sullivan is on the air from 11.15am..

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NORTH CORK COMMUNITY RADIO May 26th 1985

This is a recording of North Cork Community Radio from May 26th 1985. We join Noel Connell during his show in which he’s playing old movie tunes. He’s followed by David Heaney with the ‘Hospital Request Show’.

North Cork Community Radio

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ERI October 31st 1985

From the early hours of Thursday, October 31st 1985, this is a recording of Tony Ashford on the Cork station ERI.
The tapes started rolling at 3am.

ERI station page


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This recording has been added to our archive with thanks to Ciarán Brannelly


ERI April 2nd 1986

This is a recording of the Cork 80s pirate station Radio ERI dated April 2nd 1986.
Steve Kelly is on the air from 11.30pm.

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WBEN February 20th 1987

From February 20th 1987 this is a recording of WBEN off 98FM. Rob Allen is on air from 6.25pm.

WBEN station page


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X-FM September 4th 2004

X-fm Cork

From September 4th 2004 this is Cork dance music station X-FM, recorded off 104.0MHz from 4.45pm.

The Magic of Radio is Alive and Well and Living in Cork – a Radiowaves Special


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GALAXY FM September 4th 2004

This is the unlicensed Cork dance music station Galaxy FM from September 4th 2004 recorded off 107.4MHz.

The first recording starts at 5.25pm with DJ Shazza on air.

The later recording starts at 7.17pm.

CITYVIEW RADIO September 4th 2004

This short recording of the Cork station Cityview Radio is off 103.0MHz from September 4th 2004 and starts at 5.50pm.

Cityview Radio off 103.0MHz Cork

BUZZ FM September 4th 2004

From September 4th 2004 this is Cork dance music station Buzz FM, recorded off 101.5MHz from 7.35pm.

The Magic of Radio is Alive and Well and Living in Cork – a Radiowaves Special


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FREAK FM January 1st 2006

Cork’s unlicensed alternative music radio station Freak FM were ordered to ceased broadcasting following a visit by ComReg, and did so on the first day of January 2006.
This is their final broadcast, recorded off 105.2MHz starting at 11.20pm and comes with a warning that it contains adult language.


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ERI October 30th 1983

From Sunday, October 30th 1983, this is Cork station ERI recorded off 100.1MHz FM.
First, from 5.35pm, we hear from Don Allen and he’s followed at 6pm by Derry O’Callaghan.

ERI station page


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