Treble TR Radio was founded in 1981 by Jim Smith, an ex-Showband player, and broadcast to Dublin on both FM and medium wave. The strange name came from its main transmission area of Tallaght, Terenure, Templeogue and Rathfarnham – four Dublin suburbs.
Jim Smith’s was the first voice on air at launch on March 17th with the station operating under the working name of Happy Radio. There was nothing happy about the situation though as equipment which had been paid for never materialised and there was also transmission problems. As a result the name was changed to Treble TR in May 1981.
The station was based in the Greenacres Country Club in Rathfarnham, which was later bought by Chris Cary eventually becoming Nova Park, hosting Radio Nova – ‘The Big Station’. Treble TR relocated to the old projector room in The Apollo Cinema in Walkinstown.
In January 1983 they also started broadcasting in stereo on 96MHz FM.
It played mainly country & western music, with some Jazz & Classical, around the clock and ceased broadcasting – along with all other pirates – at the time of government legislation outlawing unlicensed broadcasts in December 1988.
The station relaunched on 99.4MHz on May 17th 1995, following a few weeks of tests, but this was short-lived as a result of the transmitter being stolen.