Limerick

BIG L July 22nd 1978

Presented by Mike Richardson, this is a very short snippet of an edition of Limerick pirate station Big L’s Star Discs Weekly chart show from July 22nd 1978.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

BIG L August 1st 1979

From August 1st 1979, this is a series of recordings from Big L giving a feel for the afternoon and evening programming from the station.

We join the output from 3.10pm with John Ryan

And after a large gap in the recording we return to John Ryan’s show at 4.25pm

We join the ‘Listener’s Top 10’ at number 7, from 5.45pm

And then from 6.30pm

And then it’s Philip Irwin from 7.54pm

LBC station page


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002
This contribution is from the recordings of Dave Small


LIMERICK BROADCASTING COMPANY August 1st 1979

This is Limerick Broadcasting Company from the afternoon of August 1st 1979.
First we hear from Dorothy with her magazine programme.
And she’s followed by Jeff Steele with his afternoon show.

LBC station page


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002
This contribution is from the recordings of Dave Small


RADIO LIMERICK August 1st 1979

From August 1st 1979 this is a recording of Radio Limerick which starts at 5.40pm.
Colin Heffernan is on air and he’s followed by Tom Tobin.


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002
This contribution is from the recordings of Dave Small


BIG L August 6th 1979

This is a recording of Mike Richardson on the Limerick pirate radio station Big L from August 6th 1979. Starting at 7am it is a a sample of the station’s Breakfast Show.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

BIG L August 17th 1979

This is a recording of Mike Richardson doing lunchtime requests on the Limerick pirate radio station Big L from August 17th 1979 from 1pm.

Later, from 2.30pm we have a short recording of John Ryan’s show

Big L Station Page

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts in collaboration with Gary Hogg

BIG L July 9th 1981

This is a recording of Limerick’s Big L and Mike Richardson’s Breakfast Show from 7.20am on July 9th 1981.


As you’re listening you are invited to visit the Big L Station Page and if you can add to the history (factually or anecdotally) or if there’s anything else you can contribute such as photos or recordings, please get in touch.

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

BIG L August 10th 1981

This is a snippet of an Éamon O’Connor Show interview with Jim O’Carroll on the Limerick pirate radio station Big L from August 10th 1981.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

BIG L October 21st 1981

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson

From October 21st 1981 this is Mike Richardson on the Limerick pirate radio station Big L. This recording starts at 7.30am.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

CITY CENTRE RADIO May 27th 1985

This is a recording of Limerick pirate station City Centre Radio from the evening of May 27th 1985. On the air is Ger Hickey and the record button was pressed at 9.40pm.

City Centre Radio station page

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002

CITY CENTRE RADIO June 6th 1985

From June 6th 1985 this is City Centre Radio, the Limerick pirate, recorded off FM from 1.26pm.

City Centre Radio station page

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts in collaboration with Ian Biggar

CITY CENTRE RADIO June 10th 1985

This is a recording of Pat Moloney on the Limerick pirate station City Centre Radio. It starts at just after midday on June 10th 1985.

City Centre Radio station page

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts in collaboration with Ian Biggar

HITS 954 July 23rd 1987

Hits 954 from Limerick

From July 23rd 1987 this is Limerick pop music pirate Hits 954.
In the first recording, Dave Shearer is on the air from 8.40am and Kevin Nelson reads the 9am News.
And from later that day, starting at just after midday, Mark Warner is the afternoon presenter.

Hits 954 station page

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts in collaboration with Ian Biggar

THE SOUND CHANNEL September 2nd 1987

This is a recording of Sound Channel FM, the Limerick pirate radio station, from September 1987.
Starting at 1.20pm, Darren O’Brien – who was also the station’s Programme Controler – is at the mic.
Then from 2pm, there’s a debut show from Frank Johnson.

SoundChannel station page

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts in collaboration with Ian Biggar

RAIDIÓ LUIMNÍ December 23rd 1988

This recording, which is off 103FM, starts at 10.32am on December 23rd 1988 and features the one and only John Frawley on air for the last time on Raidió Luimní.

New legislation required all unlicensed stations to be off the air by the end of 1988.

RAIDIÓ LUIMNÍ December 24th 1988

The final moments of the long-running Limerick pirate station. This recording is off 103FM and starts at 00:55 on Christmas Eve. It features Alf de Lacy bidding the station’s listeners farewell for the final time.

New legislation required all unlicensed stations to be off the air by the end of 1988.

INDEPENDENT RADIO LIMERICK December 31st 1988

Grab your transmitter, pop around to your mates and stick it on air and proceed to broadcast to the city for the day. Unlicensed radio pre-1988 wasn’t quite that simple but sometimes it felt like it was, and then at other times – like in the case of this special once off broadcast – it was actual.
IRL was a chance for some broadcasting mates to get together, play some music, and reminisce. Involved were Francis Jones, Barry Sullivan, Ger Watson plus others.
The ‘station’ came on air at midday but we join the broadcast at 5.30pm, as they look to finish around 6.30pm.

RADIO LIMERICK ONE October 2nd 1998

This is a recording of John Moloney on Radio Limerick One from the morning of October 2nd 1998. In it he interviews Mike Richardson by phone who talks about Eddie Cochran

Radio Limerick One station page

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002
This recording is with thanks to Mike Richardson

RADIO LIMERICK ONE July 9th 1999

From July 9th 1999, this is Enda Caldwell on Radio Limerick One. The recording starts at 11.13am and has some edits but this shouldn’t affect your enjoyment.
Enda was covering for Ger Bradshaw on this Friday morning. The £3,000 Hottest Hits of Summer Giveaway took place the following evening.

Enda, who was the station’s Head of Commercial Production and Imaging, speaks very fondly of both his time at RLO and of Limerick itself.

Enda on RLO:- “I spent about 12 months working there, December 1998 – December 1999. There was very much a Nova feel working with Ger Madden. He was employing around 53 or so of us and I made some great friends there. The station was a breeding ground for talent. It was a unique blend of everything: from Gerry Hannan to the late Dr John Moloney. On paper it looked a mess but we had the audience and had great personality. It was real local radio.”

Enda on Limerick:- “Limerick was a city with a real homely feel. It felt very studenty in one way but like a large village or town.”

Enda on Ger Madden:- “Ger is highly intelligent; eccentric; a genius really in the vein of a Ronan O’Rahilly, occasionally Caryesque too in sackings!!! I think I got fired and rehired a couple of times in my year there! He gave you your head to innovate and he is also a wise judge of character. He cared about his staff, paid us well.”

Enda on Limerick natives:- “Easy knowing Terry Wogan was a Limerick man…they have that lilt and humour and love that wit. People remember you there ”

Radio Limerick One station page

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002
This recording is with thanks to Gary Camblin and Enda Caldwell

RADIO LIMERICK ONE July 18th 2001

Gerry Hannon on Radio Limerick One

Gerry Hannan taking calls on RLO on July 18th 2001. This recording, which is off 105.0MHz, starts at 10pm.

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002

RADIO LIMERICK ONE July 19th 2001

This is a recording of Radio Limerick One’s Gerry Hannan taking calls from his listeners on July 19th 2001. This recording, which is off 105.0MHz, starts at 11.15pm.

LIMERICK CITY COMMUNITY RADIO October 31st 2016

This is a studio copy of a documentary aired in 2016 on Limerick City Community Radio, the licensed community service for the mid-western city.

‘A Nostalgic Return to Radio Luimini with John Frawley Jr’ takes a look back at one of Limerick radio’s great characters, the legendary John ‘The Man’ Frawley, through clips and anecdotes. And who better to guide listeners than his son John ‘The Boy’ Frawley (or John Frawley Jr, or just plain John Frawley).

John is in the company of Liam Byrne, who also knows a thing or two about radio and who has been a major contributor to Radiowaves.fm in the past.

Limerick City Community Radio station page

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002
This programme has been added to our archive with thanks to Liam Byrne

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