Premier Radio first appeared on shortwave on 6265kHz on May 1st 1976. They later ran a test transmission in Dublin on 212m MW at 3.15pm on Sunday, May 9th 1976, running 40 watts of power. Their first official broadcast was a week later from midday to 4pm on 218metre but this suffered from interference thanks to tests from Capitol Radio on 220m. They reappeared the following Sunday, 23rd, having moved to 222m.
Regular Sunday broadcasts continued on both medium wave and shortwave until the end of June. After a long absence the station returned on October 31st 1976 and continued with regular Sunday broadcasts into 1977 with shortwave programming on 6240kHz in the morning and medium wave programming in the afternoon on 222metres.
Presenters for the first official day of broadcasting were Jimmy St Ledger, Pat Pythin, Gerry Stivell & Sir Gregory.
Equipment in the studio consisted of a stereo cassette recorder, a cassette player for jingles, 2 turntables, a four-channel mixer and a Shure mic.
The mailing address given was 47 Claremont Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 and the station’s stated aims were to promote local Dublin radio and to provide an alternative to the RTÉ monopoly.
The station ceased broadcasting in 1977 when station owner Jimmy St Ledger moved to Radio Dublin. The Premier Radio transmitter was also later used for the start-up of Radio Cill Dara.
Premier Radio International returned in April 1981 on 222metres medium wave Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 2pm, and from 8am-midday on Sundays on shortwave from May 1981 on 6218kHz.
Sunday schedule at this time was:-
8am Steve Grey
9am Jimmy St Ledger
10am Robbie Stewart
11am Alan Jackson
Studio equipment at this time consisted of:-
2 BSR record decks
1 Saxon 7000 stereo mixer
1 Sharp cassette deck
1 SIS jingle machine
1 Electret mic
The transmitter at this time was 40 watts, valve type, crystal-controlled for MW and SW.
Mailing address at this time was 20 Clifden Road, Dublin 10.
The station ran until December 1988, ceasing due to the introduction of a new Wireless Telgraphy Act forcing all pirate radio stations off the air.
Premier returned in 2005 on 6265kHz with a new digital AM transmitter. After a visit from ComReg (Communications Regulator) in January 2009, normal broadcasts ceased on 6265Khz due to alleged interference. Broadcasts continued on a new frequency of 6485kHz until transmitter problems developed in 2012.
Studio photos courtesy of Premier Radio International
- 1976 May – 6265kHz
- 1976 May – 6265kHz; 212metres; 218metres; 222metres
- 1981 June – 6218kHz
Information resource:- FRC Newsletter