ABC POWER 104
ABC Power 104 broadcast on 104.1MHz and 104.5MHz in the Waterford area. They originally closed after 7 years on air as ABC Radio “The Hot FM” back in 1988.
Station manager Colm Dunphy and Andy McCloskey, among others, returned for a one-off anniversary broadcast which proved to them that there was still a demand for their station.
Three years on, and with no sign of a promised second licence for the area, ABC decided to return to air but were foiled by a fire in their newly-built studios.
In 1995 the station re-applied to the IRTC for a licence and were left frustrated by the long-winded process. They returned to air for a one-week “protest” broadcast in December of that year and stayed on air indefinitely.
ABC finally ceased broadcasting, following almost twenty years on air – six years of continuous service – on October 29th 2001 at 4pm. They closed in an ultimately unsuccessful bid for a newly-created regional licence for the south-east – a licence awarded to Beat 101, from WLR FM’s stable.