Recordings featuring Dublin

RADIO DUBLIN

From December 28th 1975 this is Dr Don and Prince Terry on Radio Dublin for their regular Sunday afternoon broadcast. Recorded off 253m, the broadcast started at 3pm, running an hour late for reasons to be explained.

SUNSHINE RADIO

Sunshine Radio

Robbie Dale testing for Sunshine Radio – September 28th 1980

Sunshine Radio on test two weeks after an act of sabotage brought their transmitter crashing to the ground before the station could get off the ground.

In the first clip above, Robbie Dale is on air for the test broadcast on September 28th…


…and in the second clip below Robbie is joined from 4.55pm by Chris Cary.

SUNSHINE RADIO

Sunshine Radio

More test broadcasts from Sunshine Radio. This time Chris Cary is on air on the morning of September 29th in this recording starting at 7.14.

SUNSHINE RADIO

Sunshine Radio

First Peter Madison, and then Chris Cary on air for Sunshine 539 on November 10th 1980. This recording starts at 1.15pm.

SUNSHINE RADIO

Sunshine Radio

This time around it’s Chris Cary on air for Sunshine 539. From 1980, this November 22nd recording starts at 9.40am.

RADIO NOVA

Radio Nova

An early recording of Radio Nova, Dublin’s best-known station. Mike Edgar is on air on July 30th 1981 from 3.30pm with Peter Madison reading the news.

RADIO NOVA

Radio Nova

Radio Nova from August 1981 with Jason Maine on air and Peter Madison reading the news. This recording, off 88.2MHz, starts at 5.38pm.

RADIO NOVA

Mike Edgar (and The Midnight Cowboy) on air for Dublin’s Radio Nova in August 13th 1981 from 11.40pm. This recording is off 88.2MHz.

RADIO NOVA

Radio Nova

John Clarke and Terry Riley on air for Dublin’s Radio Nova on August 15th 1981 from 8.44am. This recording is off 88.2MHz.

RADIO NOVA

John Clarke, Hugh O’Brien and Terry Riley on air for Dublin’s Radio Nova in August 1981 on air for Dublin’s Radio Nova on August 15th 1981. This recording is off 88.2MHz and starts at 12.30pm.

RADIO DUBLIN CH 2

The Free Radio Programme
Radio Dublin Channel 2

Ger Roe with the Free Radio Programme as broadcast on Radio Dublin Channel 2 on January 19th 1983.
The programme went to air at 8pm.

RADIO NOVA

Radio Nova

Nova Gold with John Clarke from 4pm

This recording, which was made in Blackpool, England off 819kHz (even though the station were announcing 828kHz), starts at 4pm with John Clarke on air with Nova Gold, along with Martin Block on news duties.

At this time Radio Nova were using a temporary 1kW transmitter and were also broadcasting on 88.2MHz.

CAPITOL RADIO

Capitol Radio

Aiden Stewart on Hallowe’en duty from 7pm


Capitol Radio from Hallowe’en night in 1983. At this stage Capitol were an album music station, prior to their repositioning as an Alternative music focused service.

Both recordings are off 95.6MHz; the first begins at 6.45pm and the second features Aiden Stewart on air from 8pm.

RADIO ANNABEL

Radio Annabel

Peter Madison on the air from 12.30pm

From November 1st 1983, this recording of the Dublin station is off 94.6MHz and features Peter Madison on air from 12.30pm.

At this point the station was also broadcasting on 1035kHz AM.

ROYAL DUBLIN COMMUNITY RADIO

Royal Dublin Community Radio

From November 1st 1983, this recording is off 104.9MHz and features first Dave Barrett and then Keith Baron on air from 6.15pm.

COMMUNITY RADIO FINGAL

Community Radio Fingal

This recording of the north Co Dublin station, starting at 3.55pm, was made off 89.8MHz by the lads at DX Archive during a trip to the station.

At this time CRF could also be found on 1575kHz AM .

KISS FM

John Clarke on air on Radio Nova’s sister station Kiss FM, recorded off 102.7MHz from 2.50pm on January 12th 1984. Ken Hammond is on news duties.

RADIO NOVA

Radio Nova off 819kHz on January 25th 1984. Starting at 7.11am and running through to 1.15pm, this is a straight 6 hours recording featuring the iconic pairing of Declan Meehan & Bob Gallico, then Colm Hayes from 9am, followed by John Clarke from midday.

It is interesting to note that this recording was made in Leeds by Gary Hogg of DX Archive.

RADIO NOVA

From 3am on February 6th 1984, this is Lawrence John on air for Nova.

RADIO NOVA

Hugh O’Brien covering the afternoon shift for Radio Nova on March 10th 1984. This recording starts at 4.26pm.

RADIO NOVA

Radio Nova

Declan Meehan’s last show for Radio Nova

From 1984, this is Declan Meehan’s last breakfast show for Dublin superpirate Radio Nova before departing for Capital Radio.

Recorded off 738kHz, we join the show at 8.10am. Bob Gallico reads the news and does his usual inserts. And there’s a short snippet of Colm Hayes, who follows at 9am.

INNER CITY RADIO

Inner City Radio

Inner City Radio

A short excerpt from a test transmission.

Announcer is unknown – if you know who it is please get in touch.

RADIO ANNABEL

Radio Annabel

Radio Annabel

Dublin pirate Radio Annabel from July 29th 1984.

This recording features a closedown announcement from Bobby Howard

NDCR

North Dublin Community Radio

North Dublin Community Radio off 890kHz

This recording starts at 9.20pm with a short (edited) snippet of Dave Peters on air.

RADIO ZODIAC

Radio Zodiac

This recording from August 29th 1984 features a short clip of Mark Wesley on air from 4.28pm.

Radio Zodiac

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RADIO ANNABEL

The FRC Programme
Radio Annabel

This (edited) recording features the Free Radio Campaign programme with Ger Roe starting at 5pm on November 11th 1984.

Radio Annabel

Q102

The launch of Dublin pirate Q102 from 6.56pm on January 23rd 1985. Lawrence John introduces the station and Jason Maine spins the disc in his own inimitable style.

RADIO NOVA

Christmas Eve morning with Radio Nova’s Zoo Crew from 1985. Colm Hayes, Bob Gallico and assorted guests keep the party flowing from 7.40am.

From one end of the day to the other as John O’Hara plays his last tune before handing over to Jessie Brandon just as the clocks strike midnight for Christmas Day – and All Night Nova.

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Q102

Q102

Dublin pirate Q102 from January 23rd 1986

Gerry Stevens, then John Power on air from 6.52pm

This recording starts at 6.52pm with Gerry Stevens on air leading to the 7pm news with Anne Cassin (pictured).

After 7pm John Kenny takes to the airwaves.

WESTSIDE RADIO INT’L

DX News on Westside Radio Int

January 26th 1986

Westside Radio International off 6280kHz SW

This recording starts at 11.57am, just in time for this week’s DX News with Prince Terry.

RADIO NOVA

Radio Nova

Radio Nova from March 16th 1986



Three recordings of Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from March 16th 1986.

First up we join Dave Johnson as he concludes the first hour of this week’s European Top 40 at 12.55pm.

Next, we join him as he counts down from number 4 to finish the show from 2.45pm.

Finally, after a break in transmission as announced on the 3pm News, we join John O’Hara with Nova Gold from 3.26pm

LLCR

LLCR

Dublin pirate LLCR from April 3rd 1986

This recording of the newly-launched station starts at 5.13pm with Paul Barrett on air.

At this time the station broadcast on 96.7MHz FM and 1035kHz AM.

LLCR

LLCR

Dublin pirate LLCR from April 4th 1986

This recording features Paul Barrett on air from 4.30pm.

At this time the station broadcast on 96.7MHz FM and 1035kHz AM.

ENERGY 103

Energy 103

Dublin pirate Energy 103 from June 19th 1986

John O’Hara on Energy 103 from 7.09pm on June 19th 1986.

WONDERLAND RADIO

Wonderland Radio

Dublin pirate Wonderland Radio from June 20th 1986

Joe Carney on Tallaght’s Wonderland Radio from 9.58pm on June 20th 1986.

ENERGY 103

John O’Hara for Dublin pirate station Energy 103 from January 19th 1987. This FM recording starts at 7.27pm.

ENERGY 103

Energy 103

Dublin pirate Energy 103 from May 13th 1997

Morning programmes from Dublin superpirate Energy 103 on May 13th 1987, starting at 6.50am.

First on air is Pat Courtenay, with Lisa Moore on news. At 9.30am Alan Burns takes over and at midday Tony McKenzie kicks off the afternoon.

Q102

Q102

Dublin pirate Q102 from March 16th 1988

Q102’s outside broadcast from Magnums in O’Connell Street in the heart of Dublin City to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in 1988.

Starting at 8.10pm on March 16th, this recording is off 101.9MHz and features Dave Kelly, Scott Williams, Greg Gaughran and Martin Block.

LIBERTY 104

Liberty 104

Dublin pirate Liberty 104 from April 4th 1988

Dennis Murray on air for Dublin city centre-based Liberty 104 on Easter Monday afternoon in 1988.

Recorded off 103.5MHz we join him at 3.50pm.

MILLENIUM RADIO

Millenium Radio

Declan Meehan on Dublin’s Birthday station Millenium Radio from May 8th 1988. He presents the Dial an Oldie Show from 1pm

RADIO NOVA

Radio Nova

Radio Nova from August 1st 1988
Radio Nova (satellite) off a Dublin FM relay on 104.3MHz

This recording from the satellite-delivered incarnation starts at 3.15pm with Cassidy Jones on air leading to the 4pm news which featured Teena Gates on an insert for the Dublin relay.

SMILE FM

The Anorak Show from Dublin pirate Smile FM from December 4th 1988. Rob Davis, Graham Turner and Eamonn Eliott broadcast the latest industry news and various clips.
The 94.3MHz recording of the local Ballyfermot station starts at 4pm.

SUPER Q

Some output from Dublin superpirate Super Q off 102.1MHz from December 10th 1988. The first recording features Dave Kelly from 4.56pm…

…and the second recordiing has The Boy Wonder on evening duty from 7.07pm

LIBERTY 104

Liberty 104

Dublin pirate Liberty 104 from December 18th 1988

Therese Fagan with her last show on Liberty 104 prior to the mass closedowns at the end of 1988.

Recorded off 103.5MHz, we join the show at 1.22pm.

RADIO SNOWFLAKE

Seasonal Dublin pirate station Radio Snowflake from December 21st 1988 with David Baker on air.
This recording starts at 5.54pm.

SIGNAL 106FM

Christmas evening on the Dublin pirate radio station Signal 106FM in 1988. This recording starts at 6.50pm.

Q102

Dave Kelly on air from 1.06am on Q102’s penultimate day of broadcasting on December 29th 1988. The station were due to switch off for good at 6pm the following day.

Q102

Q102

Dublin pirate Q102 from December 30th 1988

The closedown of Dublin pirate Q102 in December 1988, necessitated by the introduction of new laws outlawing pirate radio.

This recording is off 102.3MHz FM and features pretty much everyone who was ever involved with the station in a broadcast full of reminiscing which starts at 2.20pm.

SUNSHINE RADIO

Sunshine Radio

Dublin pirate Sunshine Radio from December 30th 1988

‘The Final Show’ from Dublin pirate Sunshine Radio in December 1988.

Starting at 3pm, this recording is off 101.0MHz FM and includes a detailed history of the station leading up to the scheduled 6pm closure.

TREBLE TR

Aidan Cooney on the final day of transmission for one of Dublin’s popular pirates which, like many others, was forced to close at the end of 1988 due to new legislation. This recording starts at 5.06pm.

HOPE FM

Hope FM

Dublin pirate Hope FM from December 30th 1988

Religious station Hope FM’s last programme before closure. We join the recording off 104.4MHz at 10.16pm with the station due to be off air by midnight.

HEARTBEAT FM

Heartbeat FM

Dublin pirate Heartbeat FM from December 30th 1988

Heartbeat FM, Dublin’s love songs station, closed in December 1988 because of the introduction of new laws with stiffer penalties than before.

This is their last programme on air from 10.44pm on December 30th.

TREBLE TR

Treble TR

Dublin pirate Treble TR from December 30th 1988

Dublin’s long-running country & Irish music pirate station closed for the last time at midnight on December 30th 1988 as a result of new legislation outlawing illegal broadcasting.

This recording is off 99.5MHz and starts at 11.40pm.

SMILE FM

Smile FM

Dublin pirate Smile FM from December 30th 1988

Off 94.2MHz from the west Dublin area of Dublin, this is Smile FM’s final moments on air in December 1988.

They were scheduled to close at midnight to comply with a new broadcast bill.

RADIO DUBLIN

Radio Dublin

Pirate station Radio Dublin from December 31st 1988

Radio Dublin on the final day of broadcasting for the country’s pirates in December 1988. This recording, from a chaotic-sounding studio, is off 105.3MHz and starts at 4.32pm.

CAPITOL RADIO

Capitol Radio

Capitol Radio from December 31st 1988

The last show from Capitol Radio, Dublin’s alternative station from the ’80s.

Starting at 10.35pm, the recording features the station getting ready to close for good.

RADIO DUBLIN

Radio Dublin

Dublin pirate Radio Dublin from January 3rd 1989

Broadcasting in defiance of a new Act outlawing pirate stations with the threat of huge fines and imprisonment, Radio Dublin fill the void on a just-emptied MW dial.

Just two days since all other Dublin stations disappeared, in the first recording we join Radio Dublin with live programming from 4.42pm on January 3rd 1989, and then from 6.36pm in the second recording.

RADIO DUBLIN

Radio Dublin

Pirate station Radio Dublin from September 1st 1989

Dave Felton on air for Radio Dublin (International!) on the afternoon of September 1st 1989. Recorded off 101.2MHz (with the station also broadcasting on 1188kHz and 6910kHz), we join Dave’s show at 2.16pm.

CLASSIC HITS 98FM

Classic Hits 98FM

Licensed station Classic Hits 98FM from November 10th 1989

The final minutes of test broadcasts and then the launch of a new rock music station in Dublin. Classic Hits was the second of the new stations for Dublin, arriving on air 10 months after the closure of the nation’s pirates.
This recording, which is presented exactly as it went out on 98.1MHz, starts at 11.48pm with the station due to launch at midnight.

ALCATRAZ 101

Alcatraz 101

Dublin pirate Alcatraz 101 from September 10th 1995

A recording of Alcatraz 101 off 101.0MHz in Dublin from September 10th 1995 starting at 8.06pm

COAST FM

Coast FM

Dublin pirate Coast FM from February 4th 1996
Coast FM

This (edited) recording – which was broadcast on The Anorak Hour – features Jack Hyland, Chris James and Dave off 105.4MHz for the station’s final day of broadcasting.

The people behind Coast FM went on to launch Spectrum FM, then Phantom FM.

HITS 106

Dún Laoghaire’s Hits 106 on a Sunday afternoon in February 1997. This recording of ‘The Elvis Show’ starts at 2.04pm.

THE ANORAK HOUR #217

This is edition number 217 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 30th 2000.

This week’s features:-

New Rock Edge 102 from Toronto, Canada;

Loads from ’80s superpirate Energy 103;

An SOS from Radio Northsea International;

Alan Freeman;

Atlantic 252 and John O’Hara in Radio Nova;

And finally, Pete Reed with this week’s broadcast news.

THE ANORAK HOUR #218

This is edition number 218 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on February 6th 2000.

This week’s features include:-

Tony Allen on Energy 103 in October 1986;

A feature on Jam Jingles and how they linked with BBC Radio 1;

From November 1988, an interview with Robbie Robinson as he prepared to shut down Sunshine Radio;

Then 2FM’s John Power on Pulse FM back in 1998;

Final archive item comes from More FM in Wellington, New Zealand

And finally, Pete Reed with this week’s broadcast news including an interview with Radio Caroline Dublin’s Bobby Gibson.

FREEDOM FM

Fifth birthday celebrations at the Dublin-based pirate station off 92.0MHz. First recording features Wayne Scales from 7.30pm.

Wayne is followed by Tony Mac from 8pm.

FM104

FM104

Dublin's FM104 from March 12th 2000

This recording starts at 1am and following the news there’s Nightcap with old Nova and Q102 favourite, Jason Maine

THE ANORAK HOUR #223

This is edition number 223 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Pete Reed as broadcast on March 12th 2000.

This week’s features include:-
Rock 95 from Toronto;
Back to May 1984 for a feature on RTÉ’s jamming of Sunshine;
Scott Williams on Q102;
And then this week’s broadcast news.

XFM

XFM

Dublin pirate XFM from April 16th 2000

This recording starts at 9.45pm and features The Chillage Idiots, and more…

PHANTOM FM

Phantom FM

Dublin pirate Phantom FM from May 11th 2000

Dublin indie music pirate Phantom FM from May 2000. This recording is off 91.6MHz and starts at 5.56pm.

ESG 94FM

ESG FM

Dublin dance pirate ESG FM from May 23rd 2000

This recording, off 94.1MHz, starts at 2.20pm and features Ronan Devitt on air.

At this time ESG were also available on 93.8MHz.

THE ANORAK HOUR #235

This is edition number 235 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on June 4th 2000.

This week’s features:-

Z100’s Zoo Crew (New York);

Suzi Quatro’s Saturday night show on BBC Radio 2;

Martin C (Bob Conway) presenting ‘The Rock Show’ on Radio Dublin in April 1980; we then hear him launching Radio Dublin Channel 2, and finally on the new Lite FM in Dublin.

From December 20th 1979 there’s Tommy Greene’s debut on Radio Dublin;

Bernard Lyons on The Big D’s Free Radio Campaign show in 1979;

Aidan Cooney on Radio Dublin before handing over to Pat James for his final show with Radio Dublin;

Final recorded item this week features Wolfman Jack.

And both last and least, Pete Reed with this week’s broadcast news.

THE ANORAK HOUR #236

This is edition number 236 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on June 11th 2000.

This week’s programme features:-

2FM’s 21st birthday celebrations from 2 weeks ago with Gerry Ryan and Larry Gogan reminiscing on air;

New York’s Z100 again this week;

Clips from Laser 558 from the MV Communicator in the mid-80s, followed by some of the station’s history;

And, of course, Pete Reed has this week’s media broadcast news,

THE ANORAK HOUR #237

This is edition number 237 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on June 18th 2000.

This week’s programme features:-

More from the incredible history of ’80s offshore pirate Laser 558;

Formerly of Laser, Jessie Brandon and Rick Harris on Radio Nova;

Aidan Leonard on Q102;

And this week’s broadcast news with Pete Reed

THE ANORAK HOUR #238

This is edition number 238 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on June 25th 2000.

This week’s programme features:-

Anorak Hour #196 from August 1999!!!

Which featured:-

A selection of stations from Toronto, Canada;

John Clarke interviewed while on Radio Nova, and then on air at 2FM;

The newly-formed Essential Galaxy;

John Power on Pulse 103;

Tony Dixon interviewed;

Tony Allen on Radio Nova;

ABC 94FM

ABC 94FM

Dublin pirate ABC 94FM from July 8th 2000

Steve Conway presents ‘North Sea Gold’ for the Dublin pirate in July 2000. The recording starts at 10.15pm.

RADIO CAROLINE DUBLIN

Radio Caroline Dublin

Radio Caroline Dublin from August 24th 2000

North Dublin pirate Radio Caroline Dublin from August 2000. This recording is off 102.6MHz and features Dave Evans on air from 9.20pm

PHANTOM FM

Phantom FM

Dublin pirate Phantom FM from December 3rd 2000

Dublin indie pirate Phantom FM off 91.6MHz from December 3rd 2000.

The recording starts at 9.05pm and first on air is ‘Mark’ making his Phantom debut and he’s followed by The Two Pete’s Talk Rubbish.

JAZZ FM

Jazz FM

Dublin pirate Jazz FM from December 7th 2000

Dublin urban music pirate Jazz FM off 89.8MHz from December 7th 2000.

K.I.C. FM

K.I.C. FM

Dublin pirate K.I.C. FM from December 25th 2000

Dublin pirate K.I.C. FM from Christmas morning 2000. The recording starts at 11.22am and is off 104.0MHz FM.

RHYTHM FM

Rhythm FM

Dublin pirate Rhythm FM from April 8th 2001

Dublin dance music pirate Rhythm FM off 103.5MHz from April 8th 2001. This recording starts at 5.40pm.

WXTC

WXTC

Dublin alternative pirate WXTC from April 8th 2001

Late night programming from online station WXTC during a stint on 91.6MHz FM in Dublin. This recording from the programme Icon versus Mecon starts at 11.30pm

ENERGY 94FM

Energy 94

Dublin dance pirate Energy 94FM from April 9th 2001

This recording, off 94.1MHz, starts at nearly midday. Rob G is on air with a new show.

At this time Energy 94FM were also available on 93.8MHz.

ENERGY 94FM

Energy 94

This recording from April 11th 2001 is off 94.1MHz and starts at 4.30pm.

At this time Energy 94FM were also available on 93.8MHz.

WXTC

WXTC

Dublin alternative pirate WXTC from May 13th 2001

Derek Jones with his extremely long running programme Old Gold Retold from WXTC off 91.6MHz FM in Dublin. This recording dates from May 13th 2001 and begins at 11am.

K.I.C. FM

K.I.C. FM

This (edited) recording – which was broadcast on The Anorak Hour – features John Leonard on air for the station’s low-powered return following a raid on their transmission site almost a week earlier on June 1st.

K.I.C. FM

The broadcast was facilitated by a makeshift aerial erected at the station’s studio location in Dublin city centre. A second raid on the studio site took the station off the air altogether.

THE ANORAK HOUR #287

This is edition number 287 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on December 23rd 2001.

This week’s programme featured the story of Atlantic 252, followed by some voices from festive seasons of the past. Pete Reed then presents this week’s news.

THE ANORAK HOUR #289

This is edition number 289 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 6th 2002.

This week’s edition features a look back at the events of 2001.

THE ANORAK HOUR #290

This is edition number 290 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 13th 2002.

On this week’s show:-
The Voices of Atlantic 252 as featured on their final live programme (featured in full here);
Charlie Wolf on board the MV Communicator for the offshore pirate Laser 558;
Laser 558 Jingles & Promos;
RTÉ Radio 2’s 5th Birthday Rap;
Mark Cagney on national station Today FM in June 1998;
Dublin dance pirate station ESG FM from April 2000 with Ciarán Murray in air;
Finally, Pete Reed joins Ger for this week’s industry news.

THE ANORAK HOUR #291

This is edition number 291 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 20th 2002.

On this week’s programme:-
The first episode of The Jam Jingles story;
Tom Dunne from his time at 98FM in June 1998;
From 1983, Jim Harland on overnights for New York’s 92 KTU FM;
From November 15th 1998, John Lewis’s return to Radio Caroline on board The Ross Revenge;
Rick O’Shea on FM104 in May 1998;
And finally Pete Reed relays this week’s industry news.

THE ANORAK HOUR #292

This is edition number 292 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast on January 27th 2002.

On this week’s programme:-
The continuation of The Jam Jingles story;
From July 2000, an interview with Prince Terry of SW pirate Ozone Radio International;
A full 8 minutes of Radio Caroline jingles and promos;
And finally a feature on the ever-popular Kenny Everett.

FREEDOM FM

Starting at 3.20pm, this recording is off 92.0MHz and features Mike O’Brien with Nikki live on air for Freedom FM.

THE ANORAK HOUR #337

This is edition number 337 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on December 8th 2002.

The first archive recording this week is the second short programme from George Long of irishpirates.com. This time around there’s a brief history of Dublin’s superpirate Energy 103.

Last Tuesday, RTÉ Radio 1’s Joe Duffy Show was given over to the controversy surrounding Radio Kilkenny’s loss of licence to KCLR – The Heart of the Two Counties. Sampled here are some of the contributions from people directly involved.

Next, K.I.C. FM – one of the most powerful Dublin pirate stations of this millenium so far – was brought to its knees by the ODTR in the summer of 2001. The station was forced off the air following a raid on their mountain site, but using a makeshift aerial setup from their city centre location, they were back on air within a week. This recording samples the first live output from their return.

As usual, Pete Reed finishes the show with a look at this week’s news.

THE ANORAK HOUR #338

This is edition number 338 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on December 15th 2002.

First this week is a quick listener’s request – a sample of Eamon Dunphy’s final moments on national station Today FM’s ‘The Last Word’.

Some more studio airchecks from the former long wave giant Atlantic 252 are aired next on the programme. These feature many of the voices which made the Meath-based station so popular on both sides of the Irish Sea.

From 1996, broadcasting on 105. (em) (err) …4, Phantom FM’s forerunner Coast FM is featured next with Jack Hyland on air from the station’s luxurious studios in Ballybrack on their final day of broadcasting.

Next up we’re back to the superpirate era with Q102 and an early recording of Dave Kelly on air. There’s also a sample of the opening moments of the station from 1985.

Next, from 96FM in Cork, there’s a recording of the very unique Ezeke from January this year.

This is followed by a unique recording of a Dublin bandscan from 1981.

Wish you were there? MOR FM in New Zealand do their utmost to make us Irish listeners jealous with this week’s final archive item.

As usual, Pete Reed finishes the show with a look at this week’s broadcast news.

THE ANORAK HOUR #339

This is edition number 339 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on December 22nd 2002.

Christmas on the radio through the years is the theme of this week’s Anorak Hour, which starts with a clip of Tommy Greene on his first day on Radio Dublin from December 1979. These days Tommy is with Lite Fm and he’s also sampled with his Saturday night ‘Soundtrack of the ’70s’ show.

From Christmas Eve 1985, Dave Kelly is featured next on the ‘Q Drive’ for Q102. Gary Hamill reads the news.

Sunshine Radio, with Paul Kavanagh on air from December 1983, is next, quickly followed by Mike Doyle on Radio Annabel from Christmas Eve of the same year.

Irish radio was never to be the same again. Gay Byrne’s final show for RTÉ Radio 1 aired on Christmas Eve 1998. It is extensively featured next.

From a stormy St Stephen’s Day in 1997, Philip Cawley on air for Radio Ireland (which was renamed Today FM shortly afterwards) is the next archive recording.

Finally, a sample from Dundalk station Radio Carousel’s Christmas Party from the mid-80s.

Pete Reed then presents the week’s broadcast news and brings us right up to date.

THE ANORAK HOUR #340

This is edition number 340 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on December 29th 2002.

The last Anorak Hour of 2002 features some output from local stations on Christmas Day this year.

Starting off the selection is Ruth Scott on RTÉ’s 2FM; she’s followed by Enda Caldwell & Ian Dempsey on national station Today FM; and then there’s Seán Ashmore on air on Wicklow’s East Coast FM.

Very few pirate stations had live programming on Christmas day. There were, however, two notable exceptions in Dublin: Freedom 92FM & Phantom FM. Phantom featured an incredible marathon broadcast from the one and only Steve Conway.

The world’s last offshore pirate, Arutz-7, is featured next with a short recording from October 1999. This is followed by a feature on the Voice of Peace, the former Mediterranean-based political offshore pirate.

The legendary Jimmy Young has retired from BBC Radio. The next feature looks at his long and illustrious UK radio career.

Finally in the archives section, a look-back through the years at Phantom FM.

As usual, to finish the show, Pete Reed looks at this week’s news.

THE ANORAK HOUR #341

This is edition number 341 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 5th 2003.

The first Anorak Hour of 2003 features the annual look-back at events of the past year, and a look-forward to what may be in store for this year.
(Gillingham FC supporter) Pete is in the studio this week, along with John Fleming from radiowaves.fm.

The usual archive recordings start with a selection of moments from Newstalk 106’s test transmissions and a sample from their launch from April last year.

Next, a look at how the closedown of ITV Digital was reported across various UK outlets.

The next item looks at a new technological approach to broadcasting with the launch of Andy Ruane’s Ireland Live TV service.

There was a World Cup last year, which was kind of hard to miss thanks to certain incidents, and the next item features a sample from Today FM’s coverage which was based in Japan. There’s also a look back at an Anorak Hour News moment which came at a very tense time whilst a particular match was taking place!

Long-running Dublin station Freedom 92FM are next up in the Archives section. There’s also a chat with Andy Walker live on the programme.

There’s also a look at the situation with the Kilkenny/Tipperary licence debacle via a sample of calls from listeners on Joe Duffy’s Liveline.

Dublin youth station Spin 1038 finally made it to air in April last year. Samples from their test transmissions and launch follow.

THE ANORAK HOUR #342

This is edition number 342 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 12th 2003.

This week’s show starts with some airchecks of presenters who were on the move during 2002. Featured are Greg Gaughran in June; Aidan Cooney in November; Bob Conway in December; Jack Kincaid; and finally, the legendary BP Fallon and his one-off special show for Phantom FM last May.

The original Energy 94FM closed down last February. The next archive recording features moments from their last day on air.

Phantom FM is featured next with various clips through the years from the station.

Then, the ever-popular former long wave giant Atlantic 252 is featured with airchecks of Hollywood Hayes & Charlie Wolf on air.

Back to 1987 for the next archive recording. Featured is Jason Maine on Sunday morning duty for Q102.

On 15th December last year, John Public celebrated 20 years playing reggae music over the airwaves. Sampled is his show which aired on local Dublin station Jazz FM.

Finally in the archive section, we hear from from Barry Lang & Peter Collins at 2FM in 1998, two presenters who are no longer on your radio.

Throughout the show there’s a news review of last year, as reported by Radiowaves News, and the broadcast news is brought right up to date when Pete Reed joins Ger to finish the show.

THE VIBE

The Vibe

Hot Radio spin-off The Vibe live with test broadcasts from 7.05pm on January 13th 2003. The station appeared on 99.1MHz FM in Dublin.

THE ANORAK HOUR #343

This is edition number 343 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 19th 2003.

This week’s show starts with a couple of listener requests.
First, various memories from ESG FM – the successor to dance station Pulse 103 – are sampled.
Following that, there’s a lookback to early recordings from the station that recently finished life as Hits 106FM. First of all from 1983 when it was known as Dublin South Community Radio; then into the 90s with two samples under the call-sign DLR FM. 

2FM was 21 years of age in May 2000. Gerry Ryan remembers – sort of – his beginnings on the station in this recording. 

From August 1980, Richard Davis on Radio Dublin is featured next in an with a local band interview. 

In September 1997, the IRTC’s Chief Executive Michael O’Keeffe was interviewed by Richard Crowley on RTÉ Radio 1 about upcoming licences, pirate activity, and the problems at Radio Ireland. 

Finally in this week’s archive section, some influential Radio Nova (and related) memories are given an airing. 

Pete Reed finishes the show with a look at this week’s news.

THE ANORAK HOUR #344

This is edition number 344 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 26th 2003.

On this week’s programme:-
A sample of Alan Freeman on BBC Radio 2;
Test broadcasts from Monaghan’s Energy 106 and an interview with the station engineer Miles Johnstone;
Pete Reed’s final Sunday night programme for Coast FM in 1996;
Steve K on FM104 from NY Eve 1999;
Then a sample of an anorak news feature broadcast on SW station Weekend Music Radio from Scotland in the 80s;
And finally Pete Reed rings in this week’s industry news.

PHANTOM FM

Phantom FM

Dublin station Phantom FM from Christmas Day 2003

This recording, off 97.3MHz in Dublin, features Paul Clarke on air on Christmas morning in 2003.

At this point the former pirate were operating at weekends only on a temporary licence.

KISS FM

Kiss FM

Dublin pirate Kiss FM from December 27th 2003

One of the hardier of the dance music stations, this is Dublin’s Kiss FM on 94.4MHz from December 2003. The station closed in January 2004.
The recording starts at 7.30pm on the 27th.

NOVA 947

Nova 947

Dublin dance pirate Nova 947 from July 16th 2004

This recording is off 94.7MHz and starts at 2pm with Patrick M on air. He’s followed by Martin C from 5pm.

This recording starts at 5.30pm – a few minutes after the last one finishes with Martin C still on air.

LIQUID FM

Liquid FM

Dublin pirate Liquid FM from December 15th 2004

A newly-launched Liquid FM with Mark O’Hare on air from 00:30 on December 15th 2004.

This recording of the Dublin station was off 90.3MHz FM.

PREMIER FM

The full day’s live programming from the last day of Premier FM’s first temporary licence run on 94.9MHz in Dublin. The classic oldies station went live at 8am and signed off at midnight on December 19th 2004.

Derek Jones on air from 8am

Mike Doyle on air from 11am

Stereo Steve, with Avril Keogh, on air from 2pm

Mike Eastwood on air from 5pm

Steven Davitt on air from 7pm

Greg Townsend on air with The Punk Show from 8pm

Ray O’Hara on air with The Rock Show from 9pm

Greg Townsend, with all of the presenters, on air with the final show from 10pm

SPIN 1038

Breakfast Xpress with Joe & Keith from December 21st 2004. This recording of Dublin’s licensed youth radio station Spin 1038 (off 103.8MHz) starts at 6.40am.

FM104

A pre-Christmas edition of FM104’s Phone Show with Adrian Kennedy and Jeremy Dixon. Recorded off 104.4MHz in Dublin we join the show at 11.35pm.

FM104

The Strawberry Alarm Clock with Colm and Jim-Jim from 6.40am on December 23rd 2004. This recording is off 104.4MHz in Dublin.

FM104

The Strawberry Alarm Clock with Colm and Jim-Jim from 6.30am on December 24th 2004. This recording is off 104.4MHz in Dublin.

DUBLIN’S Q102

Christmas Eve 2004 with Mark Byrne on afternoon festive duty from 2.30pm. This recording is off 102.2MHz.


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DUBLIN’S Q102

Dusty Rhodes presents Q102’s Christmas Songs Countdown on Christmas Eve 2004 from 7pm. He’s followed by Jason Maine.

XFM

XFM

Dublin pirate XFM from December 24th 2004

Christmas fare from Dublin’s alternative pirate XFM in 2004. This recording is off 107.9MHz and starts at 9.40pm on Christmas Eve

SPACE FM

Automated programming from this dance music pirate station recorded off 99.4MHz FM in Dublin. The date was January 2nd 2005 and the recording started at midnight.

SPACE FM

Space FM

Dublin pirate Space FM from January 5th 2005

Dance music Dublin pirate Space FM from January 2005

LIQUID FM

This is Dublin pirate radio station Liquid FM with Steve Power on his 80s music show on the Sunday afternoon of January 30th 2005. Recorded off 91.3MHz, we join the show at 4.03pm.

Andy Wilson follows Steve with his house dance music show which starts at 6pm.

CAPITAL FM

Alan Dean with a live test broadcast for this pirate radio station from January 4th 2006 starting at 2.40pm, recorded off 90.3MHz in Dublin.

CAPITAL FM

Capital FM

Dublin pirate Capital FM on 90.3MHz FM from February 6th 2006. The recording starts at 9.45pm and features some anoraking from Mike O’Brien.

SPIN 1038

Suzanne Kane in for a Sunday on Dublin’s youth station Spin 1038. The recording starts at 11.35am

THE ANORAK HOUR #L09

The ninth edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on December 31st 2006.

THE ANORAK HOUR #L10

The tenth edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on January 7th 2007.

THE ANORAK HOUR #L11

The eleventh edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on January 14th 2007.

On this week’s edition:-
Century Radio’s test transmissions;
Emperor Rosko on Radio Nova;
Colm Hayes and Jim Jim Nugent on FM104’s Strawberry Alarm Clock in 2002;
A long-overdue outing for the RTÉ Jam Rap, Colm Hayes’ retort to RTÉ’s jamming campaign against Radio Nova;
Paul Kavanagh on Radio Nova in November 1985;
A look at the issue of TV Licences for devices other than television sets on Simon Maher’s show on Phantom;
George Long’s Oz Radio Round-Up from 2003 looks at Sydney’s radio stations.

THE ANORAK HOUR #L12

The twelfth edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on January 21st 2007.

On this week’s edition:-
The early days of Dublin’s Country with a sample of their first day on air followed by an interview with Dave Harvey conducted by Eamon Dunphy on Today FM;
Nails Mahoney on Bee Bop Gold for Sunshine 101 in January 1987;
A selection of Sunshine’s jingles from various stages of their history;
Samples of Pat Courtenay over on Australia’s Hot 100 in Darwin and down under on NZ’s Classic Hits;
Laser 558 jingles and promos;
A look at Phantom’s history up to their second licence application in 2000;
And finally a recording from June 1987 of Heartbeat Radio.

THE ANORAK HOUR #L13

The thirteenth edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on January 28th 2007.

On this week’s edition:-
Dublin’s Energy 103 from May 6th 1986 with Tony McKenzie on air;
Then more Energy with Colm Hayes on breakfast duty in January 1987;
Boyneside Radio from 1987 with Dave C on the air is next;
Staying in Co Louth, Radio Carousel are featured next with an excerpt from the station’s history as broadcast in 1983;
A recording of Gareth O’Callaghan from April 1988 on air for Q102 is the next item just before the news break;
A feature on Sealand;

THE ANORAK HOUR #L14

The fourteenth edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on February 4th 2007.

On this week’s edition:-

Item 1: Sealand
Item 2: WEGQ – The Eagle (Boston)
Item 3 : Kiss 108 (Boston)
Item 4: Q102 promo
Item 5: Broadcast News
Item 6: Barry Lang’s last 2FM show
Item 7: Leon Tippler’s ‘The Irish Pirates’

THE ANORAK HOUR #L15

The fifteenth edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on February 11th 2007.

On this week’s edition:-
More from Leon Tippler’s Irish Pirates documentaries;
Extracts from Radio Nova’s final day in March 1986;
Dr Don;
The last day at London’s Radio Jackie;
John Clarke on KELO Swords

THE ANORAK HOUR #L16

The sixteenth edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on February 18th 2007.

On this week’s edition:-
Dusty Rhodes on 2FM in July 1998 with the extremely popular Hotline Request programme;
More from Leon Tippler’s documentary series, this time featuring Sunshine Radio;
From August 1967, Radio London as it prepared to close, plus Radio Caroline;
Following the news update, the next item features Sydney station 2Day FM’s Fugitive promotion;
Then from September 1989, the official launch of Atlantic 252;
Next item features Nikki Hayes on Spin 1038;
Last, from 1984, Chris Cary on Radio Nova.

THE ANORAK HOUR #L17

The seventeenth edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on February 25th 2007.

On this week’s edition:-
Atlantic 252’s ‘Sound of the Station’ promotional piece from 1991;
From October 1985, Pat Courtenay on Breakfast duty for Sunshine Radio;
Samples from Laser 558’s early broadcasts and a background feature on the station’s dramatic final hours;
From 1985, former Laser jocks Jessie Brandon and Rick Harris on dry land at Radio Nova;
A look at the history of New Zealand’s Radio Hauraki;
From October 2002, Alison Curtis on air at the pirate version of Phantom.

THE ANORAK HOUR #L18

The eighteenth edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on March 4th 2007.

On this week’s edition:-
More radio from New Zealand, this time The Breeze on 99FM in Wellington;
Next is a behind the scenes look at Bray’s highly-regarded 80s pirate BLB;
From March 2004, Lite FM’s rebrand to Q102 is featured;
Following the news update there’s a sample of Bob Conway on Lite FM;
This is followed by the launch of the original Q102 in January 1985;
Finally, some Gerry Stevens on Energy 103

FUN FM

From March 8th 2007 this is DJ Silver on Fun FM, a Dublin dance music pirate broadcasting at this time on 91.6MHz.

THE ANORAK HOUR #L19

The nineteenth edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on March 11th 2007.

On this week’s edition:-
Greg Gaughren and Mike Hogan, in ‘The Eye In The Sky’, for the 80s superpirate Q102;
Radio historian Eddie Bohan talks about the early Irish pirate stations, including the world’s first – during the Easter Rising;
Next, a sample of 101.7 WFNX, Radio Anarchy from Boston;
Following the news update Colm & Jim Jim’s debut on 2FM is featured;
The BCI’s banning of a Trócaire ad.

THE ANORAK HOUR #L20

The twentieth edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on March 18th 2007.

On this week’s edition:-

THE ROCK

The Rock

Operating under a temporary licence, this is Dublin station The Rock on 94.9MHz. The date of the recording is October 5th 2007 and the start time is 5.03pm. Enda Murphy is on air.