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CAPITOL RADIO (December 7th 1975)

This is an airchecked recording from December 7th 1975 of Dublin pirate Capitol Radio.
It features Alan Russell’s programme on a Sunday afternoon and includes an interview with the band The Horslips which was recorded on location.
This broadcast went out on 220m MW utilising a 30 watt transmitter fed into a half-wave aerial.

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Al Russell who adds:
It includes an interview with Horslips recorded in the National Stadium on the Sth. Circular Road in Dublin. We aired an interview with Chris De Burgh the following week before the P&T raided & closed the station on 21st December.
Perhaps we were becoming too popular & successful, if we had stuck with simply playing the top 40 as per Radio Dublin we might have lasted longer, who knows. Certainly brought back the memories compiling this copy, I was just 19 when Capitol was on air in 1975.
My late father used to secretly tune in with my siblings at home on the radio in the kitchen. It was always carefully re-tuned to Radio Éireann by the time I returned home!

Capitol Radio Station Page

CAPITOL RADIO (December 14th 1975)

This is a recording of the Dublin pirate Capitol Radio from December 14th 1975.
It features Alan Russell’s programme on a Sunday afternoon and includes an interview with Chris de Burgh.
This broadcast went out on 220m MW utilising a 30 watt transmitter fed into a half-wave aerial.

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Al Russell

Capitol Radio Station Page

BIG L (July 9th 1981)

This is a recording of Limerick’s Big L and Mike Richardson’s Breakfast Show from 7.20am on July 9th 1981.


As you’re listening you are invited to visit the Big L Station Page and if you can add to the history (factually or anecdotally) or if there’s anything else you can contribute such as photos or recordings, please get in touch.

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

RADIO NOVA (June 29th 1982)

Radio Nova celebrates one year on air with a birthday surprise from RTÉ.

From July 29th 1982, this is a recording of the Dublin station as they were forced to use an alternative to their main microwave link from Herbert St. The main link was under attack from signals emanating from an RTÉ-owned building in Rathmines. The jamming had started the day before but lasted just 30 minutes.

First, from 6.18pm, John Clarke is on air for the final 40 minutes of his afternoon show.

Next, the magazine programme Dublin Today features an interview with Éamonn Cooke of Radio Dublin

Then from 7.30pm, Jason Maine

These recordings are with kind courtesy of Ken Baird

CORK CITY LOCAL RADIO (March 19th 1983)

From March 19th 1983, this is a recording of Cork City Local Radio with Ken Regis on air from 3.55pm.

CCLR

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Ken O’Sullivan

CCLR Station Page

RADIO NORTH WEST (September 6th 1983)

From Drumshanbo in Co Leitrim this is a specialist Synth Pop show presented by a very young and very enthusiastic Michael Bermingham on Radio North West.

Broadcast on September 6th 1983 the programme featured hits and oldies from the era and there’s also a selection of home-made jingles.

While you’re listening you are invited to visit the Radio North West station page and if there’s anything you can add to it please get in touch

This Radio North West recording is with thanks to Michael Bermingham

RADIO NOVA (July 5th 1985)

This is a recording of Ric Harris on Radio Nova from July 5th 1985. It starts at 5.35pm.

RADIO NOVA (July 6th 1985)

From 6am on Saturday, July 6th 1985 this is a recording of the unique talents of Peter Madison (below) on air for Dublin station Radio Nova. David Johnson is on news.

Photo courtesy of DX Archive

ERNESIDE RADIO (July 8th 1985)

This is a recording of the Cavan-based pirate station Erneside Radio from July 8th 1985. It starts at 10am with ‘Jacko’ spinning the discs. It is slightly edited but is a great sample of the station’s output.

HOMETOWN RADIO (July 8th 1985)

From Castleblayney, Co Monaghan this is a recording of Hometown Radio from July 8th 1985. It features Fat Sam (owner Tommy Toal) on air from 1.15pm.

WLCB (July 8th 1985)

Courtesy of Ian Biggar

This recording is of WLCB (Wicklow Local Community Broadcasting) and is dated July 8th 1985 from 2.45pm.

DIAMOND RADIO (October 27th 1986)

From the October bank holiday in 1986, this is a recording of John Gold on Diamond Radio, the small, hobbyist pirate station based in Ballyfermot.

This Diamond Radio recording is with thanks to John O’Flaherty

Diamond Radio station page

NDCR (November 9th 1986)

From November 1986 this is a recording of North Dublin Community Radio off 100FM.

Starting at 9am, it’s the debut outing for Early Call with Dave & Tony.

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Dave O’Connor

NDCR Station Page

ZEE 103 (June 27th 1987)

Courtesy of Ian Biggar

This is a recording of the Louth pirate radio station Zee 103 from June 27th 1987.
The station was based in Omeath, very close to the Northern Irish border, and was specifically aimed at a mid-Ulster audience.
This recording was off 103.25MHz and starts at 5pm.

Zee 103 station page

HORIZON RADIO (July 10th 1987)

This is a recording of Mike Richardson on Horizon Radio in Kerry from July 10th 1987.


As you’re listening you are invited to visit the Horizon Radio station page and if you can add to the history (factually or anecdotally) or if there’s anything else you can contribute such as photos or recordings, please get in touch.

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

COMMUNITY RADIO WEXFORD (November 5th 1988)

This is a recording of Community Radio Wexford (CRW) from Saturday, November 5th 1988.
Starting at 11.40am, station manager John O’Connor is on air.
The news is read by Barry Stone.
Ann-Marie Dempsey, John O’Connor and John Dier can be heard on ads.

This Radio Retro presentation is with thanks to Brian Cleary

Kiss FM – June 7th 1993

From Castlebar in Co Mayo this is a recording of Kiss FM. It features Mr Techno with an anarchic broadcast from the night of June 7th 1993.

This Kiss FM recording is with thanks to Mike

Kiss FM station page

Pulse 103FM (November 18th 1998)

This is top Dublin pirate station Pulse FM.
Dated November 18th 1998 this is an airchecked recording (with a difference) of one of the station’s top shows, The Doghouse – the difference being that it’s on video, which also gives a little insight into how a show like this is put together.
This is dedicated to Alan McQuillan R.I.P

This Pulse FM recording is with great thanks to Clionadh Pegrum

Pulse 103FM (June 30th 1999)

Pulse FM ceased broadcasting at 7pm in June 30th 1999 in order to apply for a licence.
This is the Dublin station’s final hour as broadcast on 103.2MHz from their studios in Belvedere House in the city centre.

The Pulse crew at closedown

Pulse FM station page

The Anorak Hour #233

This is edition number 233 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on May 28th 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour features:
An interview with Dr Don on NEAR FM;
The launch of the new Dublin station, Lite FM;
Mary Harney on Channel D TV;
Some early voices from RTÉ Radio 2;
Finally this week’s radio industry news with Pete Reed.

JAZZ FM (December 2nd 2000)

From December 2nd 2000 this is a recording of Jazz FM, the Dublin pirate station, off 89.8MHz which starts at 10.55pm.

It’s difficult to believe now but 20 years ago Dublin FM listeners could tune to a station like Jazz FM at any time of the day or night.
An increase in licensed services has led to a decrease in choice for listeners who like to stray from the mainstream.

Jazz FM Station Page

IRISH MUSIC RADIO (June 18th 2005)

This is a recording of the first night/morning from the second temporary licence run for Irish Music Radio.
Joe Doyle is on air from 1.05am for the Dublin station playing music exclusively from Irish artists.

This IMR recording is a Radio Retro original

Irish Music Radio station page

TIPP MID WEST RADIO (June 21st 2005)

This is a recording of Seán Buckley’s Morning Call programme on Tipperary Mid West Radio, the licensed community service.
From June 21st 2005 Seán interviews Michael Richardson about his company, which was very different to the time he ran one of Limerick’s best-known pirates, Big L.

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

Tipp Mid West Radio Station Page

2TY3 (May 10th 2010)

From May 2010 this is a recording of the full first day’s programming on FM for 2TY3, a school project radio station based in Leitrim which had previously been internet only.

The station, which was based in Carrick-on-Shannon Community School, received a 30 hour temporary community licence which they split over two weeks, broadcasting for three hours daily – 4pm-7pm.

On this first day on air, they ran an extra programme after 7pm, stretching the broadcast to four hours.

Talking Contradictions with Conor Cuniffe and guests from 4pm

The Monday Documentary from 5.05pm

Carrick in Focus from 5.30pm

Flags of the World from 6pm

Documentary programme on local band Drift from 6.35pm

Opening day ceremony from 7.10pm

This Radio Retro presentation is with thanks to Peter Nyland

2TY3 Station Page

RTÉ Radio 1 (April 21st 2020)

Following the untimely death of Ronan O’Rahilly, RTÉ Radio 1’s flagship Morning Ireland show invited radio historian Eddie Bohan on to talk about Radio Caroline and Ronan’s legacy .

The recording is from the RTÉ News Now channel on Saorsat and starts at 7.43am.

This is a Radio Retro original

RTÉ Radio 1 Station Page

KFM (April 23rd 2020)

On the morning of the funeral of Ronan O’Rahilly, Clem Ryan of Kildare Today on KFM spoke to radio historian Eddie Bohan about Ronan’s legacy and the influence of his station, Radio Caroline.

The recording is off 97.6MHz and starts at 9.48am.

This is a Radio Retro original

KFM Station Page

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