Recordings featuring International Focus

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.

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.

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;

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.

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 #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 #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.

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 #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

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:-
This edition marks the 27th anniversary of the sinking of the Mi Amigo…

THE ANORAK HOUR #L21

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

On this week’s edition:-
An in-depth look at free radio services on the fleet of satellites at 28.2/5 east;
Leon Tippler’s visit to Double R Radio in Dublin in 1981;
A selection of clips from Radio Annabel;
KCHZ from Kansas.

THE ANORAK HOUR #L22

The twenty-second edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on April 1st 2007.

On this week’s edition:-
Kieran Murray talks about the origins of the Free Radio Campaign and this is followed by a clip of Southside Radio’s version of the programme;
From 1998 an interview with Bobby Gibbson of Radio Caroline Dublin;
Then Steve Conway talks about an eventful night on the Ross Revenge for Radio Caroline;
Last ever archive item was Greg Gaughran on Radio Nova.