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.
Recordings featuring Dublin
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.
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.
First Peter Madison, and then Chris Cary on air for Sunshine 539 on November 10th 1980. This recording starts at 1.15pm.
This time around it’s Chris Cary on air for Sunshine 539. From 1980, this November 22nd recording starts at 9.40am.
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 from August 1981 with Jason Maine on air and Peter Madison reading the news. This recording, off 88.2MHz, starts at 5.38pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From November 1st 1983, this recording is off 104.9MHz and features first Dave Barrett and then Keith Baron on air from 6.15pm.
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 .
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 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.
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.
A short excerpt from a test transmission.
Announcer is unknown – if you know who it is please get in touch.
Dublin pirate Radio Annabel from July 29th 1984.
This recording features a closedown announcement from Bobby Howard
This recording starts at 9.20pm with a short (edited) snippet of Dave Peters on air.
This recording from August 29th 1984 features a short clip of Mark Wesley on air from 4.28pm.
This (edited) recording features the Free Radio Campaign programme with Ger Roe starting at 5pm on November 11th 1984.
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.
John O’Hara for Dublin pirate station Energy 103 from January 19th 1987. This FM recording starts at 7.27pm.
Declan Meehan on Dublin’s Birthday station Millenium Radio from May 8th 1988. He presents the Dial an Oldie Show from 1pm
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.
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
Seasonal Dublin pirate station Radio Snowflake from December 21st 1988 with David Baker on air.
This recording starts at 5.54pm.
Christmas evening on the Dublin pirate radio station Signal 106FM in 1988. This recording starts at 6.50pm.
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.
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.
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;
Atlantic 252 and John O’Hara in Radio Nova;
And finally, Pete Reed with this week’s broadcast news.
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.
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.
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,
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
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!!!
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;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Strawberry Alarm Clock with Colm and Jim-Jim from 6.40am on December 23rd 2004. This recording is off 104.4MHz in Dublin.
The Strawberry Alarm Clock with Colm and Jim-Jim from 6.30am on December 24th 2004. This recording is off 104.4MHz in Dublin.
Christmas Eve 2004 with Mark Byrne on afternoon festive duty from 2.30pm. This recording is off 102.2MHz.
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Dusty Rhodes presents Q102’s Christmas Songs Countdown on Christmas Eve 2004 from 7pm. He’s followed by Jason Maine.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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;
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.