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Part 8 – THE DEADLINE APPROACHES

ROSCOMMON COMMUNITY RADIO

Broadcast from Elphin, Co Roscommon

The is the last show from Roscommon Community Radio. Based in Elphin, RCR opted to go right to the bitter end with a deadline closedown of midnight.
We join Michael Bermingham on air at just after 10.30pm.

COUNTY SOUND RADIO

Broadcast from Prospect Hill, Galway

County Sound’s station manager Benen Tierney and Tommy Kelly, along with an assortment of guests, say goodbye to their Galway audience in their own unique manner. On air since Patrick’s Day 1987, the station had built up a decent audience with their adult oriented format.
We join the night’s winddown from 10.34pm

CAPITOL RADIO

Broadcast from Dublin City Centre

Back now to the capital to hear how Capitol shut off its transmitters. On air for 5+ years, ‘Dublin’s Real Alternative’ were a station genuinely offering something different to the city, with active promotion of Irish bands and Indie club nights, not to mention music on the radio that wasn’t played elsewhere.
We join their final night’s broadcasting with just 85 minutes to go to their midnight closedown.

INDEPENDENT RADIO MAYO

Broadcast from Castlebar, Co Mayo

Independent Radio Mayo hadn’t been on air too long when the new Act was introduced but they did hope to get a licence in the New Year.

They also opted for a deadline closedown of midnight and this is Andrew Ryan to take us there in a recording which starts at 10.42pm.

COAST 103

Broadcast from Galway

This is the last 80+ minutes from Coast 103 from Galway which gives a flavour of how they signed off as the New Year, and the new law, were about to become reality.

SOUTH WEST RADIO

Broadcast from Castle Heights Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry

Station co-owner Pat Moriarty is on air as we join the closedown countdown at 10.43pm. Pat, and his two brothers who also own the station, will be applying for a radio licence on their own and were confident of getting it. SWR employed 10 people full- and part-time.

SOUTH COAST RADIO

Broadcast from Vicars Road, Cork city

Based in the Togher Industrial Estate on Vicars Road in the city, South Coast Radio had changed their name from WBEN in the belief that it might give them a greater chance of being awarded a licence. They weren’t as ‘big’ as their on-air rivals but they had a more homely feel and listeners really connected with them.
We join their countdown to closure with station owner Romano Macari on air taking calls from listeners.

RADIO NORTH

Broadcast from Carndonagh, Co Donegal

Another station to close just as the new year began was Radio North, broadcasting from Carndonagh in Co Donegal. On air since November 1986, North’s history was a short, but eventful, one.

We join the their countdown to closedown at 11.04pm on 97.9MHz with Mickey Henry on air.

PREMIER COUNTY RADIO

Broadcast from Clonmel, Co Tipperary

Due to switch off at midnight, this is the final 15 minutes on air from Premier County Radio, who had spent just over a year broadcasting to Co Tipperary.

LAOIS COMMUNITY RADIO

Broadcast from Mountrath, Co Laois

Here’s the final few minutes from LCR (Laois Community Radio).
We tune in at 11.45pm to hear how they vacated the airwaves.

NORTH WEST COMMUNITY RADIO

Broadcast from Buncrana, Co Donegal

The longest-established station in Donegal also opted to go right to the deadline with an open day for their listeners. We tune in on 1116kHz with just 15 minutes to go to switch off with Mary Gallagher on air.

A.M.S.

Broadcast from Kilkenny

Kilkenny station A.M.S. was founded in 1988 by Séamus Brophy and, as such, was one of the stations closing which had a short lifespan. Unusual for the time it was an FM only station broadcasting on 98.6MHz.

Scheduled to close at midnight, we join ‘The Power Sound of the South-East’ with minutes to go at 11.50pm.

TIPPERARY COMMUNITY RADIO

Broadcast from Tipperary

Throughout the day Tipperary Community Radio presented a grand finale of all of its popular announcers and personalities down the years. Last record was “Don’t Go” by The Hothouse Flowers and the station went to silence just as midnight struck.

Unfortunately we do not have a copy of this station’s closedown. If you can help complete this history please get in touch.

CBC RADIO

Broadcast from Clonmel, Co Tipperary

On air for seven years, CBC Radio had a special visitor to their West Gate studio for the final day of broadcast. Clonmel’s Mayor Tommy Norris came on to thank the station for their service to the local area.
Timmy Cooney and Noreen Butler presented the final hours of broadcast in which they had lots of guests from the station’s past and present.

Unfortunately we do not have a copy of this station’s closedown. If you can help complete this history please get in touch.

CENTRE RADIO

Broadcast from Bayside, Dublin 13

Centre Radio was on air for just two years when forced to close. Based on Dublin’s Northside, Centre was a small, but fun, station run by two of the people previously responsible for Big Beat Radio.
There was plenty of beer imbibed for today’s final broadcast and just about everyone who was ever involved dropped into the studio over the course of the day. They also boasted being the only Dublin station left on air doing news.
They submitted an expression of interest in a local licence for the north-east of Dublin.

Unfortunately we do not have a copy of this station’s closedown. If you can help complete this history please get in touch.

RADIO NOVA

Broadcast from Fahan, Co Donegal

Radio Nova first appeared in mid 1986 as City Sounds, then as Radio Nova 2 before dropping the 2 from the name. They were unfortunate in that there was a lot of downtime in their time on air and right up until the deadline they remained secretive about their plans.

Unfortunately we do not have a copy of this station’s closedown. If you can help complete this history please get in touch.

FINAL ROUNDUP

Other stations who had closed by, or at, midnight on December 31st include:-

BRAY LOCAL BROADCASTING

who broadcast from Co WIcklow

CONNEMARA COMMUNITY RADIO

who broadcast from Galway. Connemara Community Radio had only been on air for six weeks when the Act came into being.

GLENCOAGH RADIO

who broadcast from Co Donegal

KERRY LOCAL RADIO

who broadcast from Tralee, Co Kerry. Station owner Mike Donovan attacked the decision to close the stations in advance of licences being issued. He said that in his station alone the decision had thrown 11 people out of work.

KFM GALWAY COUNTY RADIO

who broadcast to Galway city and county.

KINGDOM 102

who broadcast from Co Kerry

KISS 106

who broadcast from Dublin on 106.5MHz

PREMIER RADIO INTERNATIONAL

who broadcast on the SW band from Ireland. Premier Radio first broadcast in May 1976.

RADIO MI AMIGO

who broadcast on the SW band from Ireland

RIVERSIDE RADIO INTERNATIONAL

who broadcast on the SW band from Ireland

ROSCOMMON RADIO

who broadcast from Elphin, Co Roscommon

VIKING RADIO

who broadcast from Co Wicklow