Big L

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


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 January 31st 1980

Big L Radio Limerick

This is a recording of Jim Liddane’s ‘Down Memory Lane’ programme on Big L Radio Limerick from January 31st 1980. In this edition Jim is playing hits from the second half of the ’60s.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

BIG L April 17th 1981

This is a short sample of the Stardiscs Top 10 Show with John Ryan on Big L Radio Limerick from April 17th 1981.



This is a short sample of Disco Dominic on Big L Radio Limerick from late night on April 17th 1981.


Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

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 August 16th 1981

From August 16th 1981 this is some late-night music programming from Big L in Limerick.

Big L Radio Limerick

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Gary Hogg & Ken Baird (DX Archive)

BIG L October 21st 1981

Mike Richardson

From October 21st 1981 this is Mike Richardson (pictured) on the Limerick pirate radio station Big L.

This Breakfast show recording starts at 7.30am.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

BIG L November 25th 1981

From November 1981 this is a recording of Big L Radio Limerick’s Roundtable programme with Keith Knowles, Mike Howes and Eoin Devereaux discussing new music record releases.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

BIG L December 3rd 1982

This is a recording of The Mad Hatters Ball with Mike Richardson on the Limerick pirate radio station Big L. It starts at 9.46pm on December 3rd 1982.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

BIG L December 16th 1982

Presented by Mike Richardson, this is a short airchecked snippet of an edition of Limerick pirate station Big L’s Elvis Show from December 16th 1982.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

BIG L January 13th 1984

Big L Radio Limerick

This is a recording of Jim Liddane’s oldies programme on Big L Radio Limerick from January 13th 1984.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

BIG L October 7th 1984

Big L Radio Limerick

This is a recording of Jim Liddane’s oldies programme on Big L Radio Limerick from October 7th 1984.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

BIG L December 16th 1984

Big L Radio Limerick

From December 1984, this is Jim Liddane’s American Oldies programme on Big L Radio Limerick.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

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