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Capitol Radio December 7th 1975

This is a 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!

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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 recording is by very kind courtesy of Al Russell
Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002

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Capitol Radio December 16th 1978

Capitol Radio recording with Alan Russell

This is a recording of Dublin pirate Capitol Radio from December 16th 1978.
It features Alan Russell interviewing studio guests Owen McQuail & John Hynde who were members of Spectrum – a UFO/Parapsychology group.


Al Russell gave us a little more background for this recording:-
It was broadcast from 10pm on the night of Saturday, December 16th 1978
It was part of the station’s Night Flight segment which ran from 9pm nightly, featuring programmes of specialist interest – usually rock, New Wave, Rockabilly, Jazz etc.
The phone-in was somewhat experimental as it was competing with Gay Byrne’s Late Late show on the television.

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Al Russell

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Capitol Radio February 3rd 1979

From Saturday, February 3rd 1979 this is Ed McDowell on Capitol Radio, the Dublin pirate station broadcasting on 226metres. We join Ed at 2.50pm with Chris Barry due to take over from 3pm.

Al Russell gave us a little more background for this recording:-
At the beginning of the clip Ed is giving details on a horse race and refers to ‘Mr Maguire’s track record’ – an aside referring to the name of a Department of Posts & Telegraphs inspector who raided the station with other enforcement officials.
The instrumental version of Jeff Wayne’s Thunder Child was used as the nightly introduction to Capitol’s specialist music segment Night Flight after 9pm, featuring New Wave / Rock / Jazz / Traditional Music & Rockabilly programmes.


Bonus recording

Rocky on the left and George on the right

This Capitol Radio bonus is from an unknown date in July 1978 and features Stompin’ George, who’s weekly Rockabillly Hour went out every Tuesday evening at 11pm.
On this programme, George is in conversation with Ferdia McAnna – Rocky of Rocky DeValera & The Gravediggers – who selects his favourite tracks.
The recording was made at the station using a studio cassette deck. 
Capitol Radio operated a daytime album-orientated format and the Rockabilly Hour was part of a nightly specialist themed segment called “Night Flight”. Traditional, Folk, C&W, New Wave, Punk Rock & Jazz Music were all catered for.

The main recording is by kind courtesy of Chris Ridley
The bonus recording was made and sourced by George Verschoyle (Stompin’ George) and was passed on to us with huge thanks to Al Russell

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Capitol Radio July 29th 1979

This is a recording of Chris Barry on the Dublin station Capitol Radio from July 29th 1979.


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