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ARD September 23rd 1979

This is a very short snippet of Stephen Rhodes in ARD, the Dublin pirate, with his weekly chart countdown from the afternoon of September 23rd 1979.


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This recording is by kind courtesy of Ken Baird / DX Archive


BOYNESIDE RADIO April 3rd 1980

This is a recording of the Louth station Boyneside Radio off 225metres. Peter Madison sits in on The Brendan Kierans Motors Show, and then receives psychological help, on the morning of April 3rd 1980.

This is a recording of the Louth station Boyneside Radio off 225metres. Peter Madison sits in on The Brendan Kierans Motors Show, and then receives psychological help, on the morning of April 3rd 1980.
There is also the option of listening to an airchecked version below…



Airchecked version


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RADIO CITY April 4th 1982

This is a recording of the Dublin pirate station Radio City from Sunday, April 4th 1982.

From just after midday, this is Tony O’Hara

As broadcast

Without the music

We rejoin programming at 3.15pm

As broadcast

Without the music

Radio City station page

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BRAY LOCAL BROADCASTING April 7th 1982

This is Mick Duggan on Bray Local Broadcasting from 9.39am on April 7th 1982. It was recorded off 657kHz.

This is Mick Duggan on Bray Local Broadcasting from 9.39am on April 7th 1982. It was recorded off 657kHz.
You have the choice of listening to the recording as it was broadcast or with the music edited out.

Full broadcast

Without music

CAPITOL RADIO August 14th 1982

From the very short-lived Capitol Radio, which broadcast in Dublin in 1982, this is a special Anorak show presented by Peter Madison.

From the very short-lived Capitol Radio, which broadcast in Dublin in 1982, this is a special Anorak show presented by Peter Madison. Broadcast on 97.7MHz on August 14th at 11pm, the programme's date and time coincided with the introduction of the Marine Offences Act outlawing offshore pirates in the UK in 1967. Peter talks us through the history of the stations drawing from his own personal experiences.

Broadcast on 97.7MHz on August 14th at 11pm, the programme’s date and time coincided with the introduction of the Marine Offences Act outlawing offshore pirates in the UK in 1967. Peter talks us through the history of the stations drawing from his own personal experiences.

Capitol Radio Station Page

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RADIO NOVA May 25th 1983

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova on May 25th 1983, one week after the raid on the station.

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova on May 25th 1983, one week after the raid on the station. Recorded in Leeds off 819kHz, the recording starts at 7.45am and although it suffers from poor quality it is very listenable.

The full story of the 1983 Raids is told chronologically in this Radiowaves Special Feature [tap here]

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RADIO NOVA May 26th 1983

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova on May 25th 1983, one week after the raid on the station.

From May 26th 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.20am.

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RADIO NOVA May 27th 1983

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova on May 27th 1983, one week after the raid on the station.

From May 27th 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.25am.

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RADIO NOVA June 1st 1983

From June 1st 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am.

From June 1st 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am.

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RADIO NOVA June 2nd 1983

From June 1st 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am.

From June 2nd 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.20am.

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RADIO NOVA June 3rd 1983

From June 1st 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am.

From June 3rd 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.52am.

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RADIO NOVA September 2nd 1984

From a Sunday morning in September 1984 this is a recording of Chris Barry from 9.30am, followed by Greg Gaughran at 10am, on Radio Nova. Bernie Jameson reads the news.

First from 9.30am…Chris Barry followed by Bernie Jameson on the News at 10

Then Greg Gaughran frm 10.03am…

Alternatively you can listen to the whole recording in airchecked format

RADIO NOVA September 28th 1984

Friday September 28th 1984. The question posed to listeners of Radio Nova was: “What would you do with £5,000?”
To win, you had to be the 50th caller once the station had played three particular songs in a row. The promos had been running for weeks but this day was the last day it could possibly happen, and it had to happen before 7pm.

Friday September 28th 1984. The question posed to listeners of Radio Nova was: "What would you do with £5,000?"
To win, you had to be the 50th caller once the station had played three particular songs in a row. The promos had been running for weeks but this day was the last day it could possibly happen, and it had to happen before 7pm.

First in these recordings, from 11.30am, John Clarke gives some clues to when it would happen. There are large gaps in the recordings so his show is split into three parts.
Following John, there’s Greg Gaughran’s show from 2pm – split into twp parts due to a large gap in the recording.
There’s a choice of listening with the music stripped out or to hear the output exactly as broadcast (it becomes very important to realise it is exactly a broadcast).


First from 11.25am…this is John Clarke either as broadcast or airchecked


Staying with John Clarke from 12.45pm, again either as broadcast or airchecked


Finally John Clarke with the last 15 minutes of his show – as broadcast or airchecked


From 2pm this is Greg Gaughran as broadcast or airchecked


We rejoin Greg Gaughran from 4pm, again as broadcast or airchecked


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CITY CENTRE RADIO June 10th 1985

This is a recording of Pat Moloney on the Limerick pirate station City Centre Radio. It starts at just after midday on June 10th 1985.

City Centre Radio station page

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RADIO RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL July 21st 1985

This recording is from the shortwave pirate station Radio Rainbow International, which was based in Co Louth. First we hear from Ian Scott, who is followed by Heady Eddie. This was taken from 6240kHz and starts at midday on July 21st 1985.

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RADIO NOVA September 19th 1985

This is a recording of Dave Harvey on Breakfast with Bob Gallico from 6am on September 19th 1985 on Radio Nova.

This is a recording of Dave Harvey on Breakfast with Bob Gallico from 6am on September 19th 1985 on Radio Nova.

As broadcast

Alternatively you can listen in airchecked format

RADIO NOVA September 21st 1985

Radio Nova - On air, as we join the broadcast, is Tony McKenzie from 2pm.

This is a recording of a Radio Nova outside broadcast from September 1985. The Dublin station were set up in the Arnotts store in the city centre.

On air, as we join the broadcast, is Tony McKenzie (right) from 2pm.
George Long reads the 3pm News.

Radio Nova - Then, from 4pm Dave Harvey (left) and Bob Gallico (below) entertain the listeners at home and in Arnotts.

Then, from 4pm Dave Harvey (left) and Bob Gallico (below) entertain the listeners at home and in Arnotts.

Bernie Jameson reads the news and Barry Francis gives the latest sport updates.

Tony McKenzie from 2pm

Dave Harvey and Bob Gallico from 4pm

Listen with the music stripped out…

Radio Nova - Then, from 4pm Dave Harvey (left) and Bob Gallico (below) entertain the listeners at home and in Arnotts.

All images are from the Arnotts outside broadcast and are by very kind courtesy of Barry Flynn

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SUIRSIDE RADIO September 27th 1985

This is a recording of the final half-hour of Suirside Radio in Waterford. The station closed at midnight on September 27th 1985 with a plan to return as Crystal City Sound.

This is a recording of the final half-hour of Suirside Radio in Waterford. The station closed at midnight on September 27th 1985 with a plan to return as Crystal City Sound.

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RADIO DUBLIN April 26th 1986

This is a recording of a special broadcast marking the 20th birthday of Radio Dublin. 'The History of Radio Dublin' was hosted by Pat Jennings and included various studio and telephone guests looking back at the station's history.

This is a recording of a special broadcast marking the 20th birthday of Radio Dublin. ‘The History of Radio Dublin’ was hosted by Pat Jennings and included various studio and telephone guests looking back at the station’s history.

WLS MUSIC RADIO May 3rd 1986

This is a recording of the 1980s Galway pirate station WLS Music Radio featuring first, Seán O'Boill, and then Casey Kasem.
From 1.43pm on May 3rd 1986, we catch the last few minutes of Seán's show before joining Casey Kasem's American Top 40 at 2pm.

This is a recording of the 1980s Galway pirate station WLS Music Radio featuring first, Seán O’Boill, and then Casey Kasem.
From 1.43pm on May 3rd 1986, we catch the last few minutes of Seán’s show before joining Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 at 2pm.
There’s also the possibility of listening to an edited version with the music stripped out.

Seán O’Boill

Casey Kasem

Edited

RADIO RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL August 24th 1986

This is edition 31 of Kieran Murray’s Free Radio Show on the SW station Radio Rainbow International from August 24th 1986 based in Louth.
This week’s featured station is Athlone Local Radio and the jingle package is from Downtown Radio in Northern Ireland

This recording is courtesy of Kieran Murray

ENERGY 103 August 31st 1986

This is a recording of Mike Kingston playing love songs in the twilight hours on Dublin’s Energy 103. We join him at 3am on August 31st 1986.

You can listen to the recording as it was broadcast here

Or if you’d prefer an airchecked version, choose below


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WEST COUNTRY RADIO November 28th 1986

From November 1986 this is a recording of the south Limerick based pirate station West Country Radio. On the air is Paul Fahy from 8.10pm.


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This contribution is from the collection of Ian Biggar


DONEGAL COMMUNITY RADIO April 8th 1987

This is a recording of Donegal Community Radio from April 8th 1987 which was recorded off 99.8MHz FM. Based in Letterkenny, they were also on 103MHz, and 945kHz MW.
Pat McGrath is on air from 5pm.

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

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HITS 954 July 23rd 1987

Hits 954 from Limerick

From July 23rd 1987 this is Limerick pop music pirate Hits 954.
In the first recording, Dave Shearer is on the air from 8.40am and Kevin Nelson reads the 9am News.
And from later that day, starting at just after midday, Mark Warner is the afternoon presenter.

Hits 954 station page

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RAIDIÓ LUIMNÍ September 24th 1987

John 'The Man' Frawley
John The Man (with thanks to Svenn Martinsen)

This is a recording of Raidió Luimní (Radio Limerick) from September 1987.

It features John ‘The Man’ Frawley on his lunchtime show from 1pm

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WBEN October 1st 1987

This is a recording of WBEN off 98FM. from the start of October 1987.

WBEN station page


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ENERGY 103 December 18th 1987

This is Alan Burns on air for Dublin pirate Energy 103 from May 8th 1987. This recording starts at 9.35am.

This recording of The Breakfast Club with Cassidy Jones, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore was made on the morning Energy 103 restored their old moniker following a month of having an identity crisis which confused listeners, and presenters alike!
Energy Power 103 had merged with the new Radio Nova in the last week of November to become Nova Power 103, but a legal challenge over the use of the Nova name forced them to change again so they identified as Power 103FM for a couple of weeks.


As broadcast


Airchecked


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NORTH DUBLIN COMMUNITY RADIO December 30th 1988

From December 30th 1988 this is a recording of the final broadcast from North Dublin Community Radio.

From December 30th 1988 this is a recording of the final broadcast from North Dublin Community Radio.

This Radio Retro and 1988 Closedowns recording is by kind courtesy of Dave O’Connor

NDCR Station Page

MILLENIUM RADIO April 30th 1989

From 4pm on April 30th 1989, Millenium Radio's final day, the team take a look back at some of the highlights of the station's 13 months on air.

From 4pm on April 30th 1989, Millenium Radio’s final day, the team take a look back at some of the highlights of the station’s 13 months on air.

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This recording is by kind courtesy of Dave O’Connor

ATLANTIC 252 September 1st 1989

Gary King launching Atlantic 22

This is a full recording of the first day on the air from Atlantic 252.
It was made off 254kHz long wave and starts with test transmissions from 7.05am leading up to the launch with Gary King from 8am and then the full day’s programming through to closedown at 7pm.
Also on air that first day were Henry Owens, Tony West, Dusty Rhodes, Charlie Wolf. And on news was Andrew Turner and Mary Ellen O’Brien.

Test transmissions from 7.05am


Launch from 8am with Gary King


Henry Owens from 9am


Tony West from midday


Dusty Rhodes from 2pm


Charlie Wolf from 4pm


If you’d prefer an airchecked version, here’s the full day…

LMFM RADIO September 3rd 1989

LMFM Radio’s first hour on air from 1pm on September 3rd 1989. LMFM are the licensed service for the Louth / Meath franchise area.

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This recording is with huge thanks to Chris Murray

CENTURY RADIO September 4th 1989

Marty Whelan on the first show for Century
Marty Whelan on the first show for Century

This is a recording of the launch of the new national licensed service Century Radio from 8am on September 4th 1989. Marty Whelan and his Breakfast Crew guide then listener through the first two hours on air.

Listen exactly as it was broadcast…

Listen with the music edited out…

WLR FM September 8th 1989

Eight months after ceasing broadcasts as a pirate, WLR returned to air in Waterford with a licence. This is a recording of their launch from midday on September 8th 1989.

Eight months after ceasing broadcasts as a pirate, WLR returned to air in Waterford with a licence. This is a recording of their launch from midday on September 8th 1989.

This recording is by kind courtesy of Shay Searson
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CLARE FM September 10th 1989

Ger Sweeney with President Hillery in the Clare FM studio on the day of launch
Ger Sweeney with President Hillery in the Clare FM studio on the day of launch

This is a recording of the launch of Clare FM, one of the new licensed services in the post-pirate era.
The date is September 10th 1989 and Ger Sweeney introduced listeners to the new station.

Launching Clare FM

Last year to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the launch, Ger Sweeney published a hugely-recommended book called “Launching Clare FM” which told the stories of all that were there on day one.
It’s a historical record of a unique event and will be of interest to anyone interested in Irish radio.
Here’s a chance to read the book that accompanies the Radio Retro recording!!!
Copies of the book, which Ger will sign if requested, can be ordered by writing to launchingclarefm@gmail.com or via PayPal to the same address.

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Ger Sweeney

CAPITAL RADIO September 23rd 1990

Capital Radio Dublin

From a Sunday afternoon in September 1990, this is a recording of Scott Williams with Promises Auction 90 on Bee Bop Sunday on Capital 104FM.
Siobhán Purcell reads the News.

Still on air today as FM104, the Dublin station opened on July 20th 1989.

As broadcast

Music stripped out

Capital Radio station page


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Capital Radio recordings courtesy of Rodney Neill


HORIZON RADIO September 25th 1990

This is a recording of The Powerhouse on the Wicklow station Horizon Radio from September 1990. Horizon emerged as the licensed reincarnation of BLB Community Radio, and eventually became East Coast Radio.

As broadcast

Airchecked


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VIRGIN RADIO April 30th 1993

Richard Branson launches Virgin Radio
Richard Branson launches Virgin Radio

The launch of the UK national station Virgin Radio on 1215kHz from April 1993.

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COAST FM August 15th 1993

This is a recording of the first-ever official episode of The Anorak Hour Free Radio Show on Coast FM, recorded off 103.2MHz. It was the forerunner of the version best-known for its run on Phantom FM.

This edition is presented by Barry Dunne along with Pete Reed and together they bring us a digest of news and information about events in the radio world.

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KISS 103 March 11th 1994

This is a recording of Mike Ormonde and John McKenzie launching the Dublin youth pirate station Kiss 103 at 6pm on March 11th 1994.

It was made outside the station’s transmission area so unfortunately suffers from signal distortion but this is a priceless piece of Dublin radio history.
An airchecked version is also provided.

As broadcast


Airchecked


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This recording is courtesy of Rodney Neill


KISS 103 November 11th 1994

This is Dublin pirate station Kiss 103 closing down on November 11th 1994. Various station personnel take part in the broadcast and there’s also a full station history.
The recording commences at 5.30pm for the scheduled turn off at 7pm.

As broadcast


Airchecked


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This recording is courtesy of Rodney Neill


Q101 February 18th 1995

This is a recording of Q101 from Limerick in February 1995. Liam Collins is on air for the final hour of the day's live broadcasts from 7pm.

This is a recording of Q101 from Limerick in February 1995. Liam Collins is on air for the final hour of the day’s live broadcasts from 7pm.

As broadcast

With music stripped out

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This recording is by kind courtesy of Liam Byrne

SPECTRUM FM September 14th 1997

From September 14th 1997 this is the last few minutes of the Dublin rock music station Spectrum FM before they ceased broadcasting on 105.3MHz.

BBC RADIO 1 September 22nd 1998

This recording is from September 1998 and is a sample of Chris Moyles filling in on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show. The anarchic humour of Chris' regular early morning slot was already the stuff of legend by this time and here he and his team transition seamlessly onto the peak time show.

This recording is from September 1998 and is a sample of Chris Moyles filling in on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show. The anarchic humour of Chris’ regular early morning slot was already the stuff of legend by this time and here he and his team transition seamlessly onto the peak time show.

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RADIO LIMERICK ONE October 2nd 1998

This is a recording of John Moloney on Radio Limerick One from the morning of October 2nd 1998. In it he interviews Mike Richardson by phone who talks about Eddie Cochran

Radio Limerick One station page

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This recording is with thanks to Mike Richardson

PULSE 103FM December 4th 1998

This is Pulse FM's The Doghouse from December 1998. Starting at 7.31pm it features usual collection of characters and madness with Garv Rigby at the helm. The recording of the Dublin station was made off 103.2MHz.

This is Pulse FM’s The Doghouse from December 1998. Starting at 7.31pm it features usual collection of characters and madness with Garv Rigby at the helm. The recording of the Dublin station was made off 103.2MHz.

As broadcast

Without the music….

Pulse FM station page


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This recording is courtesy of Adrian Jay – who says:-
The reference to stop pinching our show & get your own ideas is
a dig at a Breakfast Show on another Dublin station!!!


RADIO LIMERICK ONE July 9th 1999

From July 9th 1999, this is Enda Caldwell on Radio Limerick One. The recording starts at 11.13am and has some edits but this shouldn’t affect your enjoyment.
Enda was covering for Ger Bradshaw on this Friday morning. The £3,000 Hottest Hits of Summer Giveaway took place the following evening.

Enda, who was the station’s Head of Commercial Production and Imaging, speaks very fondly of both his time at RLO and of Limerick itself.

Enda on RLO:- “I spent about 12 months working there, December 1998 – December 1999. There was very much a Nova feel working with Ger Madden. He was employing around 53 or so of us and I made some great friends there. The station was a breeding ground for talent. It was a unique blend of everything: from Gerry Hannan to the late Dr John Moloney. On paper it looked a mess but we had the audience and had great personality. It was real local radio.”

Enda on Limerick:- “Limerick was a city with a real homely feel. It felt very studenty in one way but like a large village or town.”

Enda on Ger Madden:- “Ger is highly intelligent; eccentric; a genius really in the vein of a Ronan O’Rahilly, occasionally Caryesque too in sackings!!! I think I got fired and rehired a couple of times in my year there! He gave you your head to innovate and he is also a wise judge of character. He cared about his staff, paid us well.”

Enda on Limerick natives:- “Easy knowing Terry Wogan was a Limerick man…they have that lilt and humour and love that wit. People remember you there ”

Radio Limerick One station page

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This recording is with thanks to Gary Camblin and Enda Caldwell

ESSENTIAL GALAXY FM November 20th 1999

This is Adrian Jay on the last ever Essential Galaxy Saturday Sport from November 1999. It was recorded off 99.1MHz FM in Dublin from 3.50pm.

As broadcast

With the music stripped out



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This recording is courtesy of Adrian Jay who tells us that they got the scores simply by listening to Today FM’s Premiership coverage


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.

GALTEE RADIO November 1st 2000

From November 1st 2000 his is a recording of the Limerick pirate station Galtee Radio off 102.4MHz.

First we hear from Ciarán Pearl with his ‘Tale of Two Countries’ programme from 8.33pm.

Then from 9pm Peter Leonard takes to the air and we have the first 20 minutes of his programme before we join him again from 10.05pm.

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LIMERICK’S LIVE 95 November 2nd 2000

From the morning of November 2nd 2000 this is a recording of Limerick’s Live 95FM, the licensed commercial station for the county.
The magazine programme Limerick Today with Ed Myers is on air as we join.
Later Declan Copues takes over.
This recording is presented exactly as broadcast.

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KISS FM November 2nd 2000

Recorded off the station’s Limerick city frequency of 106.3MHz, this is Joe Crowley on Kiss FM from 10.25am on November 2nd 2000.

This is Eddie K from 1.20pm.

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CABRA’S CHOICE FM December 21st 2000

This is a recording of Cabra’s Choice FM, the Dublin hobbyist pirate, from December 2000. Jem Rodney is the ‘presenter’.

As broadcast

Alternatively you can listen with the music stripped out

COUNTRY GOLD July 13th 2001

This is a recording of Áine on Country Gold 103. It starts at 4pm on July 13th 2001.

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WIRED FM November 1st 2001

This is a recording of Sports Weekly on Wired FM, Limerick’s student station, from the evening of November 1st 2001.

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BBC RADIO 2 August 26th 2003

The Radio Revolutionaries was a BBC Radio 2 special programme.

Former pirate DJ Pete Drummond presents part 1 of a two-part tribute to pirate radio, which broadcast its first threat to mainstream radio from the continent in the 30s.

Former pirate DJ Pete Drummond presents part 1 of a two-part tribute to pirate radio, which broadcast its first threat to mainstream radio from the continent in the 30s.

The documentary was broadcast at 8.30pm on August 26th 2003 and was recorded via the Astra satellite.

BBC RADIO 2 September 2nd 2003

The Radio Revolutionaries was a BBC Radio 2 special programme.

Former pirate DJ Pete Drummond presents part 1 of a two-part tribute to pirate radio, which broadcast its first threat to mainstream radio from the continent in the 30s.

Pirate DJ Pete Drummond presents the second in a two-part tribute to pirate radio. Finally outlawed in 1967, the golden age seemed to be over. But the pirates’ legacy was the establishment of Radio 1 and the birth of independent local radio.
Producer Nick St George

The documentary was broadcast at 8.30pm on September 2nd 2003 and was recorded via the Astra satellite.

PREMIER FM September 18th 2004

The full day's live programming from the first day of Premier FM's first temporary licence run on 94.9MHz in Dublin. The classic oldies station went live at midnight on September 18th 2004.

These are recordings of a large selection of the live programming from the first day of Premier FM’s first temporary licence run on 94.9MHz in Dublin.

The classic oldies station went live at midnight on September 18th 2004 from a studio located in the Russell Court Hotel in the heart of the city.

We have every minute of live programming from midnight through to 3.30pm. Then we have the three hour block from 6pm-9pm.


Greg Townsend introduces some of the Premier FM team from midnight [Full]

Greg Townsend returns for the first live show of the day at 8am [Full]

Denis Wilson takes over at 10am, with Alan Russell on News [Full]

David Baker is in studio from midday [Full]

Garv Rigby takes over from 2pm [90 mins]

From 5pm Vincent Hughes presents two hours of Strictly ’70s [6-7pm]

Mike Williams takes the 7-10pm slot [120 mins]

FUN FM September 23rd 2005

This is a recording of the Dublin dance pirate Fun FM made off 101.3MHz FM on September 23rd 2005 from 9pm.

IRISH MUSIC RADIO September 25th 2005

s part of their final weekend of broadcasting to Dublin under their present temporary licence Irish Music Radio will host a special two hour discussion show looking at radio past and present this Sunday. 
Presented by Joe Doyle, the show, which will be broadcast as part of the station's 'Meltdown', will be aired live at 1pm this Sunday on 94.9MHz FM. Contributing to the discussion will be Phantom FM's Ger Roe, Dr Don of A.R.D/Radio Dublin fame, FM104's Andy Preston, 98FM's Barry Dunne, David Baker of Klas/Heartbeat fame, Premier FM's Paul Shepherd and Chris Adams of Irish Music Radio.

This is how Radiowaves News announced this programme on Irish Music Radio.

As part of their final weekend of broadcasting to Dublin under their present temporary licence Irish Music Radio will host a special two hour discussion show looking at radio past and present this Sunday.
Presented by Joe Doyle, the show, which will be broadcast as part of the station’s ‘Meltdown’, will be aired live at 1pm this Sunday on 94.9MHz FM. Contributing to the discussion will be Phantom FM’s Ger Roe, Dr Don of A.R.D/Radio Dublin fame, FM104’s Andy Preston, 98FM’s Barry Dunne, David Baker of Klas/Heartbeat fame, Premier FM’s Paul Shepherd and Chris Adams of Irish Music Radio.

This IMR recording is a Radio Retro original

Irish Music Radio station page

2FM September 26th 2005

This is a recording of RTÉ 2FM on the morning Marty Whelan made his debut on the station's breakfast show.

This is a recording of RTÉ 2FM on the morning Marty Whelan made his debut on the station’s breakfast show.
Starting at 6.45pm we hear the end of the Early Breakfast show before joining Marty from 7am.
Then from 9am Gerry Ryan takes over.

Early Breakfast

Marty Whelan

Gerry Ryan

RTÉ RADIO 1 September 1st 2006

RTÉ Press Release September 1st 2006

Tonight, one of Ireland’s most well-known broadcasters, Val Joyce, will present his last Late Date radio programme on RTÉ Radio 1 from 11.25pm.

Tonight, one of Ireland’s most well-known broadcasters, Val Joyce, will present his last Late Date radio programme on RTÉ Radio 1 from 11.25pm.

Ana Leddy, Head of RTÉ Radio 1, complimented Val today saying;
“Val has made an enormous contribution to Irish broadcasting over the past few decades, with groundbreaking music programmes and a unique approach.  Val will continue to contribute to RTÉ Radio 1 and his loyal listeners can look forward to hearing his familiar voice on the airwaves again soon.”

Val has been presenting Late Date for over fifteen years.  He began his broadcasting career presenting sponsored programmes including the Irish Hospitals Sweepstakes programme. 

He presented Sound of the Light, the broadcasts of the Radio Éireann Light Orchestra, now known as the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and in the 1960s Val started the programme, Pop Call on Radio 1, the first ever phone-in pop request programme.  On Saturday afternoons Val presented Airs and Races, a horse-racing and music programme that brought Val’s two great interests together.

Val presented Ireland’s Choice with Val Joyce on Radio 2 from its launch in 1979.  At the time it was the only programme to come from the four corners of Ireland.  In recent years, Val has presented Late Date on RTÉ Radio 1. 


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Val Joyce, a long night’s journey – Magill September 6th 2006

After more than 50 years on RTÉ radio, Val Joyce, host of Late Date, was axed during a curt meeting with his new boss. He talks to Colin Murphy

Val Joyce had no warning that his late night programme on Radio 1, Late Date, was being dropped from the schedule. “What happened was, there was a new broom, and the new broom decided to sweep me out under the door, and to put John Creedon in that slot,” he says. He thinks Creedon will be “too brash” for the slot.

The “new broom” is Ana Leddy, the new head of Radio 1, who in June brought Val Joyce, John Kelly and Myles Dungan into her office and, in a series of curt meetings, told each of them their shows were being axed.

Ana Leddy has said Val Joyce “will continue to contribute” to Radio 1, and he hopes to be back on air. But for now, he has no plans. He hasn’t thought about it. “Tonight’ll be the first Tuesday I’ve been at home for years,” he says. He seems bemused, tired, maybe a little angry – or at least disappointment – underneath his careful words.

There was no party. “They wanted to do something in Studio One [the largest radio studio in RTÉ]. Wine, and anybody who wanted could come in. And speeches. I said no. I couldn’t bear the hypocrisy of it.”

On his last night, on Friday 1 September, some of his old-time colleagues and friends surprised him at the studio when he came in for work and drank their way through his programme, sitting in the control room. He sat in studio with the curtain drawn over, as always, oblivious to the craic outside, as if he were, as usual, alone in the building.

When he left, at three am, there was a limousine waiting for him, organised by his daughter, but he didn’t believe it was for him and got into a taxi that had arrived as well. Arriving home, his wife, Vera, sent him back to RTÉ to get the limo.

He has had hundreds of letters and cards wishing him well. If he could use email, there’d be many more. He’ll have time now to reply to everyone, he says.

The telephone rings in his house and Vera Joyce answers it. “No he’s not retiring, nor has he retired,” she says. Val Joyce sits on the couch, nodding. “Correct,” he says to himself. Then: “Except by nature.”

Val Joyce started in radio in the 1950s, presenting sponsored programmes, including the Irish Hospitals Sweepstakes’ programme. When the television service started in 1961, he developed a nice sideline voicing commercials. He presented Sound of the Light, the broadcasts of the Radio Éireann Light Orchestra and started the programme Pop Call on Radio 1 in the 1960s.

He would cycle to work in O’Connell St, where RTÉ then had its studios on the top floor of the GPO, with his long-play records in baskets on his bicycle [he still uses the same bicycle].

Late Date, which ran for over 15 years, was characterised by his eclectic musical taste (everything, at least up to the 1970s), his engagingly eccentric chat (the liturgical calendar provided him with nightly news of saints’ feast days) and his nightly struggles with the technology that constantly threatened to overwhelm him. He talked his listeners through these struggles: “One thing I never did was pretend, when I was broadcasting. Tell it like it is,” he says. He had no sound engineer or producer and even the continuity announcers left RTÉ when he came on at night.

It never occurred to him that it was lonely. He had no idea how many people were listening. “My idea of broadcasting is that I was talking to one person all the time.”

“I hope there was more than one,” he adds. His eye twinkles.

RTÉ RADIO 1 March 24th 2008

This is a recording from FM of the scheduled switch off of RTÉ Radio’s long-running medium wave service presented by Brendan Balfe.

To mark Monday’s closedown of RTÉ Radio 1’s Medium Wave service Brendan Balfe will present ‘Medium Wave Goodbye’ from 1.30pm. Brendan will countdown to the switch off at 3pm with a personal choice of rare, medium and well-done moments from the Irish airwaves.

RTÉ’s broadcasts began life on medium wave as 2RN, later known as Radio Athlone, Raidió Éireann and in more recent times as RTÉ Radio 1. RTÉ introduced the FM service in 1966 to counteract interference and poor reception on the MW band.

For Medium Wave Goodbye, which will be broadcast on all wavelengths, on the internet and on RTÉ’s digital radio trial service, Brendan has assembled a nostalgic programme highlighting some of his favourite moments on Irish radio. Brendan promises an entertaining and fascinating 90 minutes of memories of a service which has brought the world into homes all over the country since 1926, capturing moments of history and life through decades of news, sport, features and entertainment. The programme includes archive audio of request programmes, pop and trad music, features, documentaries and commentaries.

For 'Medium Wave Goodbye', presenter and producer Brendan Balfe has assembled a superb programme highlighting some of his favourite moments on Irish radio. Brendan promises an entertaining and fascinating 90 minutes of memories of a service which has brought the world into homes all over Ireland since 1926, capturing moments of history and life through decades of news, sport, features and entertainment. The programme includes archive audio of request programmes, pop and trad music, features, documentaries and commentaries - as well as references to the shortlived Shortwave Service from Athlone.

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This recording is courtesy of Kieran Murray


LIMERICK CITY COMMUNITY RADIO October 31st 2016

This is a studio copy of a documentary aired in 2016 on Limerick City Community Radio, the licensed community service for the mid-western city.

‘A Nostalgic Return to Radio Luimini with John Frawley Jr’ takes a look back at one of Limerick radio’s great characters, the legendary John ‘The Man’ Frawley, through clips and anecdotes. And who better to guide listeners than his son John ‘The Boy’ Frawley (or John Frawley Jr, or just plain John Frawley).

John is in the company of Liam Byrne, who also knows a thing or two about radio and who has been a major contributor to Radiowaves.fm in the past.

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This programme has been added to our archive with thanks to Liam Byrne

WEST LIMERICK’S 102 August 27th 2020

This is a recording of Tech Thursday with Patrick Sheehan on West Limerick 102FM from the afternoon of August 27th 2020.

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SUNSHINE RADIO September 24th 1985

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LMFM RADIO September 25th 2020

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