Radio Nova

RADIO NOVA June 1981

Test transmissions from the FM only Dublin station Radio Nova. We don’t have an exact date but the tests ran in the first half of June 1981 on 88.1MHz.

RADIO NOVA July 30th 1981

An early recording of Radio Nova, Dublin’s best-known station. Mike Edgar is on air on July 30th 1981 from 3.30pm with Peter Madison reading the news.

RADIO NOVA August 13th 1981

Radio Nova from August 1981 with Jason Maine on air and Peter Madison reading the news. This recording, off 88.2MHz, starts at 5.38pm.

RADIO NOVA August 15th 1981

John Clarke and Terry Riley on air for Dublin’s Radio Nova on August 15th 1981 from 8.44am. This recording is off 88.2MHz.

Radio Nova October 19th 1981

This is a recording of Colm Hayes on Radio Nova, recorded off 846kHz, on October 19th 1981. Starting at 4pm, Sybil Fennell is also featured for the Dublin station.

This is a recording of Colm Hayes on Radio Nova, recorded off 846kHz, on October 19th 1981. Starting at 4pm, Sybil Fennell is also featured for the Dublin station.

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Radio Nova December 24th 1981

This is a Christmas Eve recording of Radio Nova off 846kHz. We join Tony Fenton on the hot seat from 5.50pm.

This is a Christmas Eve recording of Radio Nova off 846kHz. We join Tony Fenton on the hot seat from 5.50pm.

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Radio Nova December 25th 1981

Christmas Eve 1981 on Radio Nova in Dublin with Chris Cary from 12.50pm.
Chris is followed at 2pm by Terry Riley.
This recording was made off 846kHz.

Christmas Eve 1981 on Radio Nova in Dublin with Chris Cary from 12.50pm.
Chris is followed at 2pm by Terry Riley.
This recording was made off 846kHz.

Chris Cary

Terry Riley


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RADIO NOVA (June 29th 1982)

Radio Nova celebrates one year on air with a birthday surprise from RTÉ.

From June 29th 1982, this is a recording of the Dublin station as they were forced to use an alternative to their main microwave link from Herbert St. The main link was under attack from signals emanating from an RTÉ-owned building in Rathmines. The jamming had started the day before but lasted just 30 minutes.

First, from 6.18pm, John Clarke is on air for the final 40 minutes of his afternoon show.

Next, the magazine programme Dublin Today features an interview with Éamonn Cooke of Radio Dublin

Then from 7.30pm, Jason Maine


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Radio Nova October 27th 1982

This is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am on the morning of October 27th 1982.

This is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am on the morning of October 27th 1982.


As broadcast

With the music stripped out


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Radio Nova October 28th 1982

From October 28th 1982 this is a recording of Tony Gareth on Radio Nova from 5.50pm.
With thanks to Gareth O’Callaghan

From October 28th 1982 this is a recording of Tony Gareth on the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from 5.50pm.



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Radio Nova December 14th 1982

This is Andy Archer on air for Radio Nova on December 14th 1982. The recording was made from 10.34am off 88.2MHz FMz in Dublin.

This is Andy Archer on air for Radio Nova on December 14th 1982. The recording was made from 10.34am off 88.2MHz FMz in Dublin.


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Radio Nova December 24th 1982

From Christmas Eve 1982 this is a recording of Tony Gareth on Radio Nova off 819kHz. Tony Gareth is on the air from 11.15am.

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Radio Nova December 25th 1982

This is a recording of Andy Archer on Radio Nova off 819kHz from Christmas Day in 1982.

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RADIO NOVA May 18th 1983

May 18th 1983. A famous day in Irish radio history as Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico compose themselves on air whilst Department of P&T officials, accompanied by Gardaí, demand that they switch off Radio Nova.

The full story of the 1983 Raids is told chronologically in this Radiowaves Special Feature [tap here]

RADIO NOVA May 25th 1983

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova on May 25th 1983, one week after the raid on the station.

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova on May 25th 1983, one week after the raid on the station. Recorded in Leeds off 819kHz, the recording starts at 7.45am and although it suffers from poor quality it is very listenable.

The full story of the 1983 Raids is told chronologically in this Radiowaves Special Feature [tap here]

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RADIO NOVA May 26th 1983

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova on May 25th 1983, one week after the raid on the station.

From May 26th 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.20am.

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RADIO NOVA May 27th 1983

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova on May 27th 1983, one week after the raid on the station.

From May 27th 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.25am.

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RADIO NOVA June 1st 1983

From June 1st 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am.

From June 1st 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am.

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RADIO NOVA June 2nd 1983

From June 1st 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am.

From June 2nd 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.20am.

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RADIO NOVA June 3rd 1983

From June 1st 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am.

From June 3rd 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.52am.

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RADIO NOVA August 11th 1983

From June 1st 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am.

From August 11th 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 8.25am.

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Radio Nova October 29th 1983

From a Saturday morning on a bank holiday weekend in October 1983, this is a recording of Jason Maine on Radio Nova, the Dublin pirate station.

From a Saturday morning on a bank holiday weekend in October 1983, this is a recording of Jason Maine on Radio Nova, the Dublin pirate station.
David Malone is on news.


As broadcast

Airchecked


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Radio Nova November 1st 1983

This is a recording of Tom Hardy on Radio Nova, the Dublin pirate station, for the last hour of his show from 1pm on November 1st 1983.
Bob Gallico and Sybil Fennell are on News.

This is a recording of Tom Hardy on Radio Nova, the Dublin pirate station, for the last hour of his show from 1pm on November 1st 1983.
Bob Gallico and Sybil Fennell are on News.

Listen as broadcast

Listen airchecked


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Radio Nova November 18th 1983

From November 18th 1983,  this is Lawrence John with All Night Nova for the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova.
The recording starts at 2.10am and can be heard either 'as broadcast' or with the music stripped out.

From November 18th 1983, this is Lawrence John with All Night Nova for the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova.
The recording starts at 2.10am and can be heard either ‘as broadcast’ or with the music stripped out.

Listen as broadcast

Listen airchecked


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Radio Nova November 19th 1983

This is a recording of Soundtrack of the 60s, which ran on Radio Nova on the morning of November 19th 1983. Gary Owens presents the show and David Malone was on News.
Soundtrack of the 60s was a syndicated radio show.

This is a recording of Soundtrack of the 60s, which ran on Radio Nova on the morning of November 19th 1983. Gary Owens presents the show and David Malone was on News.
Soundtrack of the 60s was a syndicated radio show.

Listen as broadcast


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Radio Nova November 22nd 1983

This is a short recording of Lawrence John in great form on Radio Nova with his iconic 'All Night Nova' from November 22nd 1983.
We join Lawrence at 2.47am.

This is a short recording of Lawrence John in great form on Radio Nova with his iconic ‘All Night Nova’ from November 22nd 1983.
We join Lawrence at 2.47am.

Lawrence John


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Radio Nova December 25th 1983

This is Greg Gaughran on Radio Nova recorded on Christmas Day in 1983. Included in the programme is Bob Gallico’s Review of the Year.

Greg and Bob


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RADIO NOVA May 7th 1984

From May 7th 1984 this is programming from Dublin station Radio Nova recorded off 88.2MHz. The four recordings span much of the day from early morning through late evening.

First, from 7am, Bob Gallico is reading the news leading into his shared programme with Declan Meehan.

Following them Colm Hayes is on air from 9am.

Later in the day we catch the last hour and 10 minutes of Greg Gaughran’s afternoon programme.

Then from 7pm the ever-popular Jason Maine takes over for the evening broadcast.

These Radio Nova recordings are courtesy of DX Archive


These recordings were made at a time when RTÉ were engaged in a jamming campaign against the Dublin superpirates Radio Nova and Sunshine Radio. Nova’s studios had been relocated to the transmitter site at Nova Park in Rathfarnham because the microwave links from the previous studio location at Herbert Street were being targetted. To make things more difficult for RTÉ, Radio Nova were also broadcasting on 102.7MHz (in addition to 88.2MHz) and had two MW transmitters in action as well on 729kHz and 819kHz. Nova sister station Kiss FM had been broadcasting on 102.7MHz but it had been closed in January as a result of the jamming.

RADIO NOVA July 9th 1984

From July 9th 1984, this is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on the Dekki Wekki Brekki Trekki for Radio Nova. Following them, there's about 20 minutes of Colm Hayes' show from 9am.

From July 9th 1984, this is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on the Dekki Wekki Brekki Trekki for Radio Nova.
The recording is off 738kHz and starts at 6.15am.
Following them, there’s about 20 minutes of Colm Hayes’ show from 9am.


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RADIO NOVA July 11th 1984

From July 9th 1984, this is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on the Dekki Wekki Brekki Trekki for Radio Nova. Following them, there's about 20 minutes of Colm Hayes' show from 9am.

This recording is of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on the Deckie Wekkie Brekkie Trekkie for Radio Nova on July 11th 1984, starting at 7.10am.

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RADIO NOVA July 13th 1984

From July 13th 1984, this is Declan Meehan’s last show for Dublin superpirate Radio Nova before departing for Capital Radio.

Recorded off 738kHz, we join the show at 8.10am. Bob Gallico reads the news and does his usual inserts. And there’s a short snippet of Colm Hayes, who follows at 9am.

RADIO NOVA July 19th 1984

The morning show from Dublin station Radio Nova with Colm Hayes and Bob Gallico on a day that Ireland shook – literally!


Bernadette Jameson:- I was amused to hear my voice in an ad break in that recording, advertising Paul Penders natural hair and skin care. Googled them, found they are still going, so I ordered stuff. Must be the longest reaction to a radio ad ever!


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RADIO NOVA September 2nd 1984

From a Sunday morning in September 1984 this is a recording of Chris Barry from 9.30am, followed by Greg Gaughran at 10am, on Radio Nova. Bernie Jameson reads the news.

First from 9.30am…Chris Barry followed by Bernie Jameson on the News at 10

Then Greg Gaughran frm 10.03am…

Alternatively you can listen to the whole recording in airchecked format

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


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Radio Nova December 25th 1984

Christmas Day 1984  on Radio Nova. First, we have Denis Murray from 10.45am and he's followed by Tony Allan (right), along with an assortment of guests, from 2pm.

Christmas Day 1984 on Radio Nova. First, we have Denis Murray from 10.45am and he’s followed by Tony Allan (right), along with an assortment of guests, from 2pm.

10:45 Denis Murray

14:00 Tony Allan

Radio Nova January 10th 1985

This is a recording of Peter Madison (pictured) on Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate, on the afternoon of January 10th 1985.
Photo courtesy of DX Archive

This is a recording of Peter Madison (pictured) on Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate, on the afternoon of January 10th 1985.

Radio Nova May 20th 1985

This is Rick Dees' American Music Magazine as broadcast on Dublin's Radio Nova on May 20th 1985. The recording starts just before the 9am News read by Bob Gallico.

This is Rick Dees’ American Music Magazine as broadcast on Dublin’s Radio Nova on May 20th 1985. The recording starts just before the 9am News read by Bob Gallico.

Rick Dees


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Radio Nova May 31st 1985

This is a recording of a Radio Nova outside broadcast from the Nutgrove Shopping Centre from May 31st 1985.

It features Greg Gaughran and Colm Hayes and it starts at 3.10pm.

This recording also features Mark Weller reading the news.

This Radio Nova recording is a Radio Retro original

RADIO NOVA July 5th 1985

This is a recording of Ric Harris on Radio Nova from July 5th 1985. It starts at 5.35pm.

Radio Nova July 6th 1985

From 6am on Saturday, July 6th 1985 this is a recording of the unique talents of Peter Madison (below) on air for Dublin station Radio Nova. David Johnson is on news.

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RADIO NOVA September 19th 1985

This is a recording of Dave Harvey on Breakfast with Bob Gallico from 6am on September 19th 1985 on Radio Nova.

This is a recording of Dave Harvey on Breakfast with Bob Gallico from 6am on September 19th 1985 on Radio Nova.

As broadcast

Alternatively you can listen in airchecked format

RADIO NOVA September 21st 1985

Radio Nova - On air, as we join the broadcast, is Tony McKenzie from 2pm.

This is a recording of a Radio Nova outside broadcast from September 1985. The Dublin station were set up in the Arnotts store in the city centre.

On air, as we join the broadcast, is Tony McKenzie (right) from 2pm.
George Long reads the 3pm News.

Radio Nova - Then, from 4pm Dave Harvey (left) and Bob Gallico (below) entertain the listeners at home and in Arnotts.

Then, from 4pm Dave Harvey (left) and Bob Gallico (below) entertain the listeners at home and in Arnotts.

Bernie Jameson reads the news and Barry Francis gives the latest sport updates.

Tony McKenzie from 2pm

Dave Harvey and Bob Gallico from 4pm

Listen with the music stripped out…

Radio Nova - Then, from 4pm Dave Harvey (left) and Bob Gallico (below) entertain the listeners at home and in Arnotts.

All images are from the Arnotts outside broadcast and are by very kind courtesy of Barry Flynn

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RADIO NOVA September 24th 1985

From the very early hours of September 24th 1985, this is the last 15 minutes of Paul Kavanagh's programme on Radio Nova, running until 1am, followed by the first 15 minutes of Mke Duggan's overnight shift.

From the very early hours of September 24th 1985, this is the last 15 minutes of Paul Kavanagh’s programme on Radio Nova, running until 1am, followed by the first 15 minutes of Mke Duggan’s overnight shift.


Enjoy the recording as it was broadcast


Alternatively you can listen in airchecked format

Radio Nova October 7th 1985

This is the very first ever outing for Radio Nova's Zoo Crew. Colm Hayes, Bob Gallico and Dave Harvey were all in the Dublin studio on the morning of October 7th 1985.
The quality of this recording is not great but its historical value makes it worth listening to and archiving.

This is the very first ever outing for Radio Nova’s Zoo Crew. Colm Hayes, Bob Gallico and Dave Harvey were all in the Dublin studio on the morning of October 7th 1985.
The quality of this recording is not great but its historical value makes it worth listening to and archiving.

Listen as broadcast…

Listen with the music stripped out…

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Radio Nova October 25th 1985

From the morning of October 7th 1985 this is a recording of The Zoo Crew from The Nut Hut on Radio Nova. .

From the morning of October 25th 1985 this is a recording of The Zoo Crew from The Nut Hut on Radio Nova.
The quality at the start of this recording is not great but its historical value makes it worth listening to and archiving.


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Radio Nova December 24th 1985

Christmas Eve morning with Radio Nova’s Zoo Crew from 1985. Colm Hayes, Bob Gallico and assorted guests keep the party flowing from 7.40am.

From one end of the day to the other as John O’Hara plays his last tune before handing over to Jessie Brandon just as the clocks strike midnight for Christmas Day – and All Night Nova.

Radio Nova December 25th 1985

Christmas Day on Radio Nova in 1985 with George Talbot from just after midday.

Christmas Day on Radio Nova in 1985 with George Talbot from just after midday.

Radio Nova January 9th 1986

This is a recording of Radio Nova made off long wave in January 1986. Nova had been relaying their programming on 254kHz for around a month at this point. George Talbot is on the air for this Thursday afternoon. Sybil Fennell reads the news.

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This recording is with kind courtesy of our friends at DX Archive, who have some more background to the Nova long wave broadcasts here

Energy/Nova Power 103 November 25th 1987

November 25th 1987 was a historic day in Irish radio as it seen the merger of Energy 103 with the recently relaunched Radio Nova. Nova had reappeared on the Dublin FM band a couple of weeks earlier – 20 months after the hugely successful station had ceased broadcasting.

Here we have a selection of recordings from the day, starting with Niall McGowan and Cassidy Jones on Energy Power 103FM from 12.30pm leading up to the merger.
We also have a few airchecks from the rest of the day giving a flavour of the mood at the station.

12:30: As broadcast

12: 30 Airchecked

15: 50 Mainly Airchecked

18: 00 Dublin Today – Airchecked

19: 55 John O’Hara

Niall McGowan:-
Wow. Thank you for the memories we were all so happy in those days. “FREE” to play DJ and just have fun. In hindsight, we did not know just how much freedom and fun we had. I have always considered myself to be lucky to be on such great stations with such great people. Thanks.


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Nova Power 103 November 26th 1987

Following on from the merger between Energy 103 and Radio Nova which took place the day before, this is a selection of recordings from the 'new' station's first full day on the air. Although the official name was Nova Power 103FM, it was understandable that on air it was being identified as 'Radio Nova'.

Following on from the merger between Energy 103 and Radio Nova which took place the day before, this is a selection of recordings from the ‘new’ station’s first full day on the air.

Right: The Evening Herald welcomes Radio Nova back onto the airwaves. Click to read…

From November 26th 1987 we start with the first link from Liam Coburn at midnight.

Then from 6.45am Liam introduces the new look Breakfast Club with Cassidy Jones joining Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore from 7am.

And then we have the former Breakfast Clubber, Pat Courtenay, from 11.11am.

00:00 Liam Coburn opens his show


06:45 Liam Coburn leads in to Breakfast Club

11:11 Pat Courtenay


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Nova Power 103 November 27th 1987

Following on from the merger between Energy 103 and Radio Nova which took place two days previous, this is a recording of the Breakfast Club with Cassidy Jones, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore from Friday, November 27th 1987.
The programme is part-airchecked.

08:34 Airchecks


09:07 As broadcast

09:50 Airchecks


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Main recording by kind courtesy of Jess Codd


Radio Nova August 1st 1988

This recording from August 1st 1988 of Radio Nova’s satellite-delivered incarnation starts at 3.15pm with Cassidy Jones on air leading to the 4pm news which featured Teena Gates on an insert for the Dublin relay.

Radio Nova (satellite) off a Dublin FM relay on 104.3MHz

Radio Nova December 17th 1988

This recording of Radio Nova's satellite-delivered incarnation dates from December 17th 1988  and features the Bossman, Chris Cary, getting his hands dirty on the Nova Night Network.

This recording of Radio Nova’s satellite-delivered incarnation dates from December 17th 1988 and features the Bossman, Chris Cary, getting his hands dirty on the Nova Night Network.

Radio Nova October 19th 1990

This is a recording of the satellite-delivered Radio Nova as broadcast on October 2nd 1990. Chris Cary and guests give consumer tips and advice on the fledgling domestic satellite TV scene on the Satellite Surgery programme.

This is a recording of the Astra satellite-delivered Radio Nova as broadcast on October 19th 1990. The show is Satellite Surgery, which gave consumer tips and advice on the fledgling domestic satellite TV scene.

Radio Nova November 9th 1990

This is a recording of the Astra satellite-delivered Radio Nova as broadcast on November 9th 1990. The show is Satellite Surgery, which gave consumer tips and advice on the fledgling domestic satellite TV scene.

This is a recording of the Astra satellite-delivered Radio Nova as broadcast on November 9th 1990. The show is Satellite Surgery, which gave consumer tips and advice on the fledgling domestic satellite TV scene.

Radio Nova December 26th 1982

This is Chris Cary and Hugh O’Brien taking calls from listeners on Radio Nova in the very early hours of St Stephen’s Day in 1982. The recording is off 88.2MHz. Roland Burke takes over from around 1am.

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