Centre Radio launched from Prosperous in Co Kildare on 99.8MHz. It first appeared in September 1985 from a studio located over a pub.
The station, which was operated by John Crofton, relocated in February 1986 to Ballyteague but closed in May 1986.
The following information was supplied by John Crofton:
Centre Radio began in 1985 from a room off Larry’s Bar in Prosperous. It operated from 7am to midnight, Monday to Friday and (I think) 9 am to 10pm weekends.
It was very community-based, including the local priest coming in on holy week for on-air prayers (they were different times).
Centre Radio was Kildare’s first FM station and was very popular locally. The transmitter was 25 watt FM (old valve type).
The Djs/presenters included myself, John Crofton, Tony Lumsden, Liam Persival, David McGovern, Declan Dillon, Antoinette Merriman, Paul Roche, Nigel Gordon, Chuck Wilson & Jack Goulding. Centre shortly held a record of Dj Tony Lumdsen staying on air from Friday morning till Sunday evening presenting non-stop.
The station moved from Prosperous to a bungalow between Allenwood and Ballyteague in order to put up a higher ariel, and with the intention to go on medium wave – we were in the process of buying one from Laois Community Radio but it never happened in the end.
Centre Radio closed around June 1986. KLB community radio came on shortly after and several of the DJs went there.