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Community Radio Youghal



Community Radio Youghal launched on July 4th 1979 as a pirate station and is still on air today, with a licence.

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Telephone: 024 91199/92288

SMS: 087 254 4745


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Postal: Nagle House, South Abbey, Youghal, Cork

Inspired by local broadcasts from RTÉ’s mobile community service, CRY first appeared on July 4th 1979 with a mix of local community programming, religious output, career guidance for school-goers and everything else that a good community station should provide.

When the Broadcasting Act outlawing pirates came into force on the first day of 1989, CRY had ceased broadcasts as one of the longest running pirate stations in the country.

The station returned with a community licence in October 1995 on 105.1MHz. It was one of eleven stations licensed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the pilot scheme for community radio stations and in 2008 they were granted a ten year broadcast licence.

Based in studios in Nagle House, Youghal, these days programming includes current affairs, sport, inclusiveness, the arts, women’s issues and items of local historical interest.

They also broadcast a range of specialist music programmes including Classical, Country & Irish, Traditional Irish music, Jazz, and more.

With thanks to Jess Codd

Mission Statement

Community Radio Youghal is an independent, non-profit community radio station. We seek to stimulate, entertain and educate our audience; to reflect the diversity of the local and online community, and to provide a channel for individuals, groups or those under-represented by other media.

The board, staff and volunteers of Community Radio Youghal are committed to collaboration with each other and the local community. 

The DX Archive lads visited CRY in August 1981:-

Community Radio Youghal turned out to be a beautiful spot, on a high cliff top farm, overlooking the sea. I’m sure it would have been a wild place during Atlantic storms. The wife of the house sent us round the back of the farm to an old barn. This was presumably the same farmer’s wife who read the daily recipe! She was named Eileen Connelly.

We wandered up the old wooden steps and into the studio. The transmitter sat just in the door, on the left, in a kind of wooden fenced off area. This was the first time I had seen any station use a fluorescent tube near the rig, which flashed in and out with the modulation level. I personally thought it was a really cool idea.

The studio itself was one of the oldest looking we had seen, with a pair of really ancient turntables. It was perhaps the first time we had seen real old time radio. The commercials were being read out live from a script, when the second presenter was spinning the records and working the switches, as they had no mixer as such!! This really had to be witnessed to be believed. Listening on air, the station sounded as good as any of the other country stations we had heard. Absolutely fascinating old time wireless!!

Much, much more on The DX Archive dedicated CRY Page

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