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Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio

Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio


Identifying on air as Double R Radio, Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio appeared broadcasting from Inchicore, Dublin on 290metres in the summer of 1981

Despite the full station name they didn’t play a lot of rock ‘n’ roll, it was just a name that they liked, according to Seán Day.

It first broadcast from Day’s house on Railway Road in the west Dublin suburb but this was for just a couple of months.
Because they were in a residential area they weren’t getting the coverage they wanted so in August 1981 the station moved to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Eden Quay in Dublin’s city centre.

Test broadcasts heard at the time indicated an August 24th commencement of programming. The studios were located at the top of the hotel and consisted of two turntables, a cassette deck and a portable disco unit. The transmitter was located in an adjacent room and had been christened ‘Eric’ and a 100 foot mast sat in the roof of the hotel, installed by Paddy Parnell.

Just a few weeks after moving to the hotel, a fire at Hallowe’en led to the station leaving the Waldorf.

They then moved to the Spa Hotel in Lucan, Co Dublin but also ended up being evicted from there after a short residency.

In early 1982 the station changed name to Westside Radio and moved back to Dublin city centre.

With gratitude to Mike Ryan, DX Archive

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