BIG D RADIO
Big D was the result of a rather infamous split from Radio Dublin – 34 people moved over to the new station, the entire staff!
It was principally ran by James Dillon with business investors Noel Kirwan and Frank Murray.
They launched on April 10th 1978 and were one of the few 24 hour stations at the time, broadcasting on 1116kHz, or 267metres (although they used 273m promotionally).
The station was located in Dublin’s city centre on Chapel Lane. A raid on June 15th 1978 relieved them of thousands of pounds worth of equipment, including their transmitter, but a financial backer helped them to return to air after almost a week of silence. Dillon was fined £50.
Disaster was to strike on January 2nd 1979 when the Chapel Lane studios were burnt to the ground. They were back on air within days, however, when they moved to a location on St Stephen’s Green, and then onto Camden Street.
At one point Big D was one of the better-listened to stations in the city. However, by 1982 they had switched to a fully automated service playing non-stop music with the odd voiced insert – and on-air identification was Big D Automated.