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Liberty 104

Owner Sammy Prendergast on a LLCR night out
(courtesy Richie JP)
(Courtesy of Kieran Murray)
(Courtesy of Kieran Murray)
Liberty 104 transmitter with Kieran Murray (Courtesy of Kieran)
The Van (courtesy Kieran Murray)

Liberty 104 first commenced broadcasting to Dublin in March 1986 using the name Liberties Local Community Radio, shortened on air to LLCR.

The station was located in Weaver Square in the south inner city area known as The Liberties. The studio was situated above station owner Sammy Prendergast’s shop – Sammy was well-known for installing the many antennas in use by the pirate radio community during that decade.

It was not too long after launch that the name was changed to Liberty 104 and late in 1988 it also used the name Gold 104.

Liberty 104 was available on a number of FM frequencies during its history and also on 1035kHz medium wave. The station’s antenna was located in Kilmashogue, just beside a farmhouse, on the foothills of the Dublin Mountains.

Scheduled to close in line with newly introduced government legislation at the end of 1988, Liberty shut down ten days ahead of schedule, suddenly and without announcement on December 20th.

A personal Recollection – Kieran Murray

I worked as a Breakfast Show presenter from November 1987 to March 1988.
On my very first morning, upon arriving outside the station in Weaver’s Square, I saw a car close by and it had been burned out from the night before.
I began to think, did I make the right choice here?
Later that day, I was approached by a youth who asked me did I work for the radio station?
I replied “Yes”
He replied: “Your car will be safe. No-one will touch it”
He was true to his word!

Frequency Logs

  • 1986 April – 96.7MHz; 1035kHz: April 1986 (Recording)

Anorak Facts

  • 538870 was the telephone number

Liberty 104 Jingles and Promos

A selection of jingles and promos from Liberty 104 by very kind courtesy of Kieran Murray, who says:
The jingles featured here come from the master cassettes – mostly in stereo too. Some of the voices heard read like a “who’s who” of the best Voice-Over artists that were working in Dublin city at that time.
You will hear the voice and singing talent of Gerry Moore (including the Liberty 104 FM rap!); plus the voices of Tony Allan, Mark Grace, Kieran Murray, Martin Block – and others.

By kind courtesy of Ian Biggar 2021

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