Phantom FM

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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 on 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 Allan 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 #219

This is edition number 219 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on February 13th 2000.

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The Anorak Hour #220

This is edition number 220 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on February 20th 2000.

The Anorak Hour #221

This is edition number 221 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on February 27th 2000.

This week’s features include:-
Declan Pierce of FM104 from his days on Pulse 103;
John Power of 2FM looks back to his days at Pulse 103 on RTÉ Radio 1’s Soundbite programme during a discussion on the ‘pirate problem’;
A feature on WIlliam Joyce, infamously better-known as Lord Haw-Haw;
The Radio Caroline Jingles package from the mid 80s and a recording of the station off satellite from 1998;
Pete Reed with this week’s industry news.

The Anorak Hour #222

This is edition number 222 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on March 5th 2000.

This week’s features include:-
Radio Caroline off satellite from 1998 with Nigel Harris on the air;
Freedom’s 5th birthday;
Mike Reed on Radio Annabel in May 1984;
Radio Mi Amigo reports on RTÉ’s jamming of Sunshine Radio in 1984;
An airing for some Big L Radio London jingles;
And then this week’s broadcast news.

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 #224

This is edition number 224 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on March 19th 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour marked the twentieth anniversary since the sinking of the Radio Caroline ship the Mi Amigo

The Anorak Hour #225

This is edition number 225 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on March 26th 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour features:
Tracey Lee on Sunset FM’s final broadcast and then on South East Radio;
Johnnie Walker interview at the time of Radio Caroline’s 30th birthday;
Johnnie Walker’s return to Radio Caroline;
Declan Meehan on the first Euro Top 40 in 1985;
and Pete Reed with this week’s news.

The Anorak Hour #226

This is edition number 226 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on April 2nd 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour features:
Some more examples of Canadian services;
John Clarke on Radio Nova on November 27th 1984;
David Lyons on Sunshine Radio in 1981;
Jason Maine on Radio Nova
Tom Dunne’s Totally Irish on 98FM;
Hugh Hardy interviewed by BBC Radio Ulster;
and this week’s broadcast news with Pete Reed

The Anorak Hour #227

This is edition number 227 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on April 16th 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour features:
Paul Kavanagh on Radio Nova; then some items related to the Radio Caroline ship the Mi Amigo; then a celebration of Bob Gallico’s career with Declan Meehan; a recording of Waterford’s WLR FM; Radio Dublin’s theme tune Boola Boola; and this week’s broadcast news.

The Anorak Hour #228

This is edition number 228 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast on April 23rd 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour features:
Denise Jones on Pulse FM from the summer of 1998;
Mike Reade on RNI;
Chris Barry on Cary’s Kiss FM in Dublin; then on 98FM from Dublin;
Howard Stern in his usual form;
David Baker on Southside 95

The Anorak Hour #229

This is edition number 229 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on April 30th 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour features:
Lawrence John on Radio Nova in 1984 and there’s an airing for Colm Hayes’s ‘The RTÉ Jam Rap’;
Aidan Cooney interviewing station head Jim Smith on Treble TR from the final day of broadcasting in December 1988;
And then there’s a sample of Jim Smith on K.I.C. FM;
John O’Hara (as John Young) on Radio Dublin in 1983;
Wes D’Arcy on East Coast Radio in 1998;
An extract from ‘The Sunday Night Sex Show’, a Canadian advice programme;
Pete Reed with the week’s broadcast news.

The Anorak Hour #230

This is edition number 230 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on May 7th 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour features:
Ronan Collins, Gerry Ryan and Jim O’Neill sing for RTÉ Radio 2’s 5th Birthday on a 7” single release from 1984;
Then on the flipside, Willie O’Reilly plays some sample jingles and promos from the same year;
Following that there’s a recording of The Two Tonys from 1987 on NDCR;
Then there’s a sample of Dr Don on ARD from 1978;
And from two weeks before the programme was broadcast it’s Dr Don (Donald Moore) again, interviewed by Daire Nelson on LMFM Radio;
The next item is a 1994 interview by Shaun Tilley with ‘The Royal Ruler’, Tony Prince, in which he looks back at his radio career;
Finally Pete Reed with the week’s broadcast news.

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Dublin indie music pirate Phantom FM from May 11th 2000. This recording is off 91.6MHz and starts at 5.56pm.

The Anorak Hour #231

This is edition number 231 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on May 14th 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour featured:
Pat Courtenay on Breakfast for Sunshine Radio in October 1985;
Leon Tipler’s visit to CRF in 1988;
RNI Jingles and then Tony Allan on board the Mebo II for the station;
A sample of US station Wild 94.9FM;
Voices and Jingles from Big D Radio;
Finally Pete Reed with the week’s broadcast news.

The Anorak Hour #232

This is edition number 232 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on May 21st 2000.

This special edition of The Anorak Hour features:
A studio visit from two of the guys responsible for ‘The Irish Era’ website, which forms part of the amazing DXArchive.com – Jack Russell & Gary Hogg;
As an introduction, there’s a recording of Dave Anderson on the shortwave pirate WMR;
Later there’s more from WMR on a test transmission from August 1981 with Barry Stevens; then Jack himself from New Year’s Day 1982;
The final insert piece is from 1981 with various clips featured, including Colm Hayes and Jason Maine on Radio Nova, Double R Radio from Dublin city, Southside Radio & John Clarke on KELO from Swords in north co Dublin;
And Pete Reed gives a Dublin bandscan during a short news section.

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.

The Anorak Hour #234

This is edition number 234 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 #235

This is edition number 235 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 #236

This is edition number 236 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 #237

This is edition number 237 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 #238

This is edition number 238 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on July 2nd 2000.

This week’s programme features:-
Pulse 103’s close a year ago;
Phantom’s close a year ago;
A feature on offshore radio, in particular two that were NOT based on ships;
And finally, Pete Reed with this week’s media news.

The Anorak Hour #239

This is edition number 239 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on July 9th 2000.

This week’s programme features:-
Drive 105 broadcasting to Derry;
Rick Sky on Power FM in Cork;
Barry Lang on 2FM;
Radio Nova jingles:
Chris Cary on Radio Luxembourg and some jingles;
Charlie Wolf on Radio Mercury in June 1986;
Radio Dublin personalities on their new VHF service in 1979;
And finally, Pete Reed with this week’s media news.

The Anorak Hour #240

This is edition number 240 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on July 16th 2000.

This week’s programme features:-
Kiss FM and Galtee Radio from Limerick;
Andrew Walsh on Dublin’s dance music pirate ESG FM;
Various stations’ reactions to the raids on Nova and Sunshine in 1983;
Hot 107 closedown from March 1996;
KLOS Los Angelus with a John Lennon interview;
And finally, Pete Reed with this week’s media news.

The Anorak Hour #241

This is edition number 241 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on July 23rd 2000.

This week’s programme features:-
Century Radio memories from their first day in September 1989;
Capital 104’s Newsbeat reacts to Century’s launch;
David Baker on Chelmer FM and an interview with David;
The UK RSL Youth FM from London;
Kenny Everett excerpts;
And finally, Pete Reed with this week’s media news.

The Anorak Hour #245

This is edition number 245 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on August 20th 2000.

The Anorak Hour #246

This is edition number 246 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on August 27th 2000.

This week’s programme features:-
Johnnie Walker on BBC Radio 2 from 1999;
A follow-up to last week’s raid on Radio Caroline;
From November 1985 Tony Allan on Radio Nova;
Bobby Howard on Radio Annabel;
A sample of WBCN Boston;
And finally, Pete Reed with this week’s media news.

The Anorak Hour #247

This is edition number 247 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on September 3rd 2000.

This week’s programme features:-
A sample of Kiss 92.5FM from Toronto;
The history of the London pirate Radio Jackie;
Memories from Q102;
And finally, this week’s media news, including clips from Passion FM and an interview with Dave Sheehan.

The Anorak Hour #249

This is edition number 249 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on September 17th 2000.

This week’s programme features:-
An interview with Bobby Gibbson of Radio Caroline Dublin;
From 1989 a report by RTÉ’s Today Tonight on the radio situation at that time;
From June 1999 the (at the time) final FM Anorak Hour before Phantom closed to apply for a licence;
And finally, this week’s media news with Pete Reed.

The Anorak Hour #250

This is edition number 250 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on September 24th 2000.

Featured on this special edition is Dr Don

The Anorak Hour #251

This is edition number 251 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on October 1st 2000.

This week’s show featured:-
Some early ARD broadcasts;
RTÉ Cork documentary on Limerick and Waterford pirates;
From 1986, Centre Radio from Tipperary;
3CR Clondalkin from 1987;
Seán Coyne arguing with Hugh Hardy on the Radio West Anorak Show;
Finally Pete Reed with this week’s media news.

The Anorak Hour #252

This is edition number 252 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on October 8th 2000.

The Anorak Hour #254

This is edition number 254 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on October 22nd 2000.

The Anorak Hour #256

This is edition number 256 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on November 5th 2000.

The Anorak Hour #257

This is edition number 257 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on November 12th 2000.

The Anorak Hour #258

This is edition number 258 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on November 19th 2000.

The Anorak Hour #259

This is edition number 259 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on November 26th 2000.

Phantom FM November 27th 2000

From November 27th 2000 this is the story of two debuts on Phantom FM, the alt-rock Dublin-based pirate station.

In this recording, former Caroline jock Steve Conway makes his first appearance as a presenter on the station’s first ever live breakfast show.

Picture: Steve in the Phantom FM studio

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The background story of that debut morning is described by Steve in his new book 'Unsound - Anything I Know About Radio I Learned By Screwing It Up' which will be released next year.

At 7am on Monday the 27th of November 2000, I spoke my first words as a presenter on Phantom FM, an occupation that was to last far, far longer than either I or they could ever have expected, taking me right through the decade that followed and up to the beginning of 2011, nearly 11 years later.

My very first words on the station, as part of the 7am news bulletin, was to confirm to its audience that according to the latest court ruling in the United States, the election results in Florida were valid, and therefore George W Bush would indeed be the next president of the USA.

After reading a bulletin of around 4 or 5 stories, which I had prepared earlier, I finished with a weather forecast and went into what would be the first of many thousands of records that I was to play on the station during my long association with them – the Greenday song “Minority” from their new album “Warning”. The track itself was currently on Phantom’s A-list, and I simply couldn’t think of a better track to kick off my new era as an alternative rock pirate than one about a person who decries authority and wants to be in the minority. And, lyrics aside, a cracking great tune.

As I started my show on that November morning in 2000, I thought back to the years spent with Radio Caroline, and some of the lessons that I had learned over the years, either through hard experience, bitter disappointment, or post-fact regret. I had had the most wonderful time of my life with Caroline, but there were many things I realised afterwards that either I or they could have done differently, better, or simply more of. I was determined to take every lesson, every setback and every regret I had encountered in my broadcast career so far and use the knowledge of them to make my time with Phantom even better still, and to make of the 2000s a decade the enjoyment of which would rival even the astoundingly brilliant time I had had in the 1980s. 

During my time on board the Ross Revenge I had read close to ten thousand news bulletins, yet I didn’t have a single one of them recorded on tape for posterity. It was something I was always going to get around to, but I never did, as there was always tomorrow…

And so, sitting in the studio in Phantom FM in Dublin that very first morning, I knew what I had to do, and I did it. 

I determined that no matter how long my stint with Phantom lasted, I would enjoy it to the hilt, I would squeeze every last possible iota of effort into it, and every drop of excitement and happiness out of it. 

And so, as there was not a bus from Ballinteer to get me in early enough in the mornings to be able to prepare properly for the start of the show at 7am, I would come in the night before, and sleep on the studio floor, with a cushion as a pillow and my coat over me for warmth, so that I would be there early enough to give the programme and the news the attention it deserved. I came in each evening on the last inbound bus from Ballinteer, with a fresh set of clothes in a bag for the morning. I woke at 5am on the hard floor and prepared for my show, at the end of which I would travel across to eastpoint by bus for a full day’s work, getting home at around 8.30pm, with just time for dinner and an hour of rest before getting the late bus in again. I didn’t care.

There was no effort spared, and nothing held back, I gave Phantom my all, and it repaid me handsomely, giving me a decade-plus of rich and fulfilling times that I will remember to the end of my days.

For Radio Caroline, I am, and will always remain, profoundly grateful, for it showed me the value of the now, the need to seize and hold and enjoy life, and thus it gave me the keys to Phantom .

The greatest lesson I ever learned in radio was this: 

do it, 

do it now, and

do it like you will never get the opportunity to do it ever again.

The above extract from Steve Conway’s forthcoming book ‘Unsound – Anything I Know About Radio I Learned By Screwing It Up’ is with very kind courtesy of Steve.
The new book adds more background to the Radio Caroline material from Steve’s previous book ‘Shiprocked: Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline’, and has a few chapters on the Phantom saga. 

Published in 2009, the excellent Shiprocked: Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline is still available to buy by clicking here.


Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002
This recording has been added to our Irish Radio Recordings Archive with thanks to Steve Conway


Phantom FM December 3rd 2000

Dublin indie pirate Phantom FM off 91.6MHz from December 3rd 2000.

The recording starts at 9.05pm and first on air is ‘Mark’ making his Phantom debut and he’s followed by The Two Pete’s Talk Rubbish.

The Anorak Hour #260

This is edition number 260 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on December 10th 2000.

The Anorak Hour #287

This is edition number 287 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on December 23rd 2001.

This week’s programme featured the story of Atlantic 252, followed by some voices from festive seasons of the past. Pete Reed then presents this week’s news.

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 #337

This is edition number 337 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on December 8th 2002.

The first archive recording this week is the second short programme from George Long of irishpirates.com. This time around there’s a brief history of Dublin’s superpirate Energy 103.

Last Tuesday, RTÉ Radio 1’s Joe Duffy Show was given over to the controversy surrounding Radio Kilkenny’s loss of licence to KCLR – The Heart of the Two Counties. Sampled here are some of the contributions from people directly involved.

Next, K.I.C. FM – one of the most powerful Dublin pirate stations of this millenium so far – was brought to its knees by the ODTR in the summer of 2001. The station was forced off the air following a raid on their mountain site, but using a makeshift aerial setup from their city centre location, they were back on air within a week. This recording samples the first live output from their return.

As usual, Pete Reed finishes the show with a look at this week’s news.

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 #339

This is edition number 339 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on December 22nd 2002.

Christmas on the radio through the years is the theme of this week’s Anorak Hour, which starts with a clip of Tommy Greene on his first day on Radio Dublin from December 1979. These days Tommy is with Lite Fm and he’s also sampled with his Saturday night ‘Soundtrack of the ’70s’ show.

From Christmas Eve 1985, Dave Kelly is featured next on the ‘Q Drive’ for Q102. Gary Hamill reads the news.

Sunshine Radio, with Paul Kavanagh on air from December 1983, is next, quickly followed by Mike Doyle on Radio Annabel from Christmas Eve of the same year.

Irish radio was never to be the same again. Gay Byrne’s final show for RTÉ Radio 1 aired on Christmas Eve 1998. It is extensively featured next.

From a stormy St Stephen’s Day in 1997, Philip Cawley on air for Radio Ireland (which was renamed Today FM shortly afterwards) is the next archive recording.

Finally, a sample from Dundalk station Radio Carousel’s Christmas Party from the mid-80s.

Pete Reed then presents the week’s broadcast news and brings us right up to date.

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 #341

This is edition number 341 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 5th 2003.

The first Anorak Hour of 2003 features the annual look-back at events of the past year, and a look-forward to what may be in store for this year.
(Gillingham FC supporter) Pete is in the studio this week, along with John Fleming from radiowaves.fm.

The usual archive recordings start with a selection of moments from Newstalk 106’s test transmissions and a sample from their launch from April last year.

Next, a look at how the closedown of ITV Digital was reported across various UK outlets.

The next item looks at a new technological approach to broadcasting with the launch of Andy Ruane’s Ireland Live TV service.

There was a World Cup last year, which was kind of hard to miss thanks to certain incidents, and the next item features a sample from Today FM’s coverage which was based in Japan. There’s also a look back at an Anorak Hour News moment which came at a very tense time whilst a particular match was taking place!

Long-running Dublin station Freedom 92FM are next up in the Archives section. There’s also a chat with Andy Walker live on the programme.

There’s also a look at the situation with the Kilkenny/Tipperary licence debacle via a sample of calls from listeners on Joe Duffy’s Liveline.

Dublin youth station Spin 1038 finally made it to air in April last year. Samples from their test transmissions and launch follow.

The Anorak Hour #342

This is edition number 342 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 12th 2003.

This week’s show starts with some airchecks of presenters who were on the move during 2002. Featured are Greg Gaughran in June; Aidan Cooney in November; Bob Conway in December; Jack Kincaid; and finally, the legendary BP Fallon and his one-off special show for Phantom FM last May.

The original Energy 94FM closed down last February. The next archive recording features moments from their last day on air.

Phantom FM is featured next with various clips through the years from the station.

Then, the ever-popular former long wave giant Atlantic 252 is featured with airchecks of Hollywood Hayes & Charlie Wolf on air.

Back to 1987 for the next archive recording. Featured is Jason Maine on Sunday morning duty for Q102.

On 15th December last year, John Public celebrated 20 years playing reggae music over the airwaves. Sampled is his show which aired on local Dublin station Jazz FM.

Finally in the archive section, we hear from from Barry Lang & Peter Collins at 2FM in 1998, two presenters who are no longer on your radio.

Throughout the show there’s a news review of last year, as reported by Radiowaves News, and the broadcast news is brought right up to date when Pete Reed joins Ger to finish the show.

The Anorak Hour #343

This is edition number 343 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 19th 2003.

This week’s show starts with a couple of listener requests.
First, various memories from ESG FM – the successor to dance station Pulse 103 – are sampled.
Following that, there’s a lookback to early recordings from the station that recently finished life as Hits 106FM. First of all from 1983 when it was known as Dublin South Community Radio; then into the 90s with two samples under the call-sign DLR FM. 

2FM was 21 years of age in May 2000. Gerry Ryan remembers – sort of – his beginnings on the station in this recording. 

From August 1980, Richard Davis on Radio Dublin is featured next in an with a local band interview. 

In September 1997, the IRTC’s Chief Executive Michael O’Keeffe was interviewed by Richard Crowley on RTÉ Radio 1 about upcoming licences, pirate activity, and the problems at Radio Ireland. 

Finally in this week’s archive section, some influential Radio Nova (and related) memories are given an airing. 

Pete Reed finishes the show with a look 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 #369

This is edition number 369 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast over the station’s webstream on July 20th 2003.

In this week’s show, there’s a follow-up to last week’s Radio Nova Zoo Crew feature with a sample of the launch of the new Dublin’s Country Breakfast Show featuring Dave Harvey and Bob Gallico, two of the presenters from the Nova version.

Next, there’s a recording of the satellite version of Radio Caroline featuring Sarah Miles from August 1999.

Then it’s back locally to Dublin with the Oldies Show from Freedom 92FM, one of the stations who have failed to return following Black Tuesday.

The next recording features an old favourite of the airwaves, Simon Young, in his early days with Big D, followed by a later clip from July 1999 with his 2FM Oldies show.

Then it’s back to 1988 when all the pirate stations closed and indulged in nostalgia, including Treble TR. This clip features Aidan Cooney on-air with station owner Jim Smith.

Next, there’s another station who failed to reappear following the infamous ComReg raids in May. This recording samples The Deep End on Jazz FM.

Then we go across the Atlantic to New York with WQHT, Hot 97FM from 1989.

Final archive is an airing for the Big D song.

The show finishes with a look at this week’s news.

Phantom FM

This recording, off 97.3MHz in Dublin, features Paul Clarke on air on Christmas morning in 2003.

At this point the former pirate were operating at weekends only on a temporary licence.

PHANTOM FM October 31st 2006

From Hallowe’en 2006 this is the licensed launch of Phantom FM, the long-running alt-rock Dublin pirate station. We join the pre-launch countdown with ten minutes to go to the midday commencement of live programmes.
We have every minute of the day’s live programming for you to enjoy.

The Phantom team just before the station launched.
Front row (left to right) Jack Hyland, Peter Vamos, Simon Maher, Brian Daly, Ger Roe, Neil Austin
Photo with thanks to Steve Conway

11.50am Pre-launch; launch with the Phantom team; Simon Maher with Louise Byrne on News


From 3pm Sinister Pete is let loose on the airwaves again. Emer McLysaght is on News. Listen as broadcast….

…or with the music stripped out


From 6pm Darragh Brophy takes over. Listen as broadcast….

…or with the music stripped out


From 8pm John Walshe is in the Phantom studio and Sinéad Ní Mhordha is at the launch party. Listen as broadcast…. 

…or with the music stripped out


Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002


PHANTOM FM November 1st 2006

Day two for the licensed version of Phantom FM. This is every minute of live programming from their second day on air on 105.2MHz in Dublin.
The day starts with Sinister Pete serving Breakfast from 7am.
Then Coffey is served from 10am with Neill Austin serving up lunch from midday.
Simon Maher is on from 2pm; and then Jack Hyland from 5pm.
Spiral Stairs is on from 8pm and the final live programme of the day starts at 10pm.


7am Sinister Pete with Pure Morning

From 10am Edel Coffey with Access All Areas

Neill Austin from midday

From 2pm Simon Maher takes over.

At 5pm it’s Jack Hyland

From 8pm it’s Spiral Stairs

And finally from 10pm

The press covered the station’s launch…

Day two for the licensed version of Phantom  FM. This is every minute of live programming from their second day on air on 105.2MHz in Dublin.
The day starts with Sinister Pete serving Breakfast from 7am.

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002


PHANTOM FM November 4th 2006

The first Saturday on the air for the licensed version of Phantom FM. This is every minute of live programming from their fifth day on air on 105.2MHz in Dublin.
The day starts with Cathal Funge from 8am.


8am Cathal Funge starts the day

From 11am It’s Nadine O’Regan with Kiosk

Richie McCormack from midday

From 2pm it’s Stadium Rock with Richie Ryan

Next from 5pm

At 7pm Sinéad Ní Mhórdha presents The Archive

And finally from 10pm, it’s Amber

Hot Press covered the station’s weekend programming…

The first Saturday on the air for the licensed version of Phantom FM. This is every minute of live programming from their fifth day on air on 105.2MHz in Dublin.

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002


PHANTOM FM November 5th 2006

Three programmes from the first Sunday on the air for the licensed version of Phantom FM off 105.2MHz in Dublin.
First there's 3 Rock Census from 6pm.
From 7pm it's Steve Conway.
And then the return of Two Petes Talk Rubbish from 9pm.

Three programmes from the first Sunday on the air for the licensed version of Phantom FM off 105.2MHz in Dublin.
First there’s 3 Rock Census from 6pm.
From 7pm it’s Steve Conway.
And then the return of Two Petes Talk Rubbish from 9pm.


6pm 3 Rock Census

From 7pm Steve Conway is back

At 9pm the return of The Two Petes Talk Rubbish


Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002


PHANTOM FM November 10th 2006

From November 2006 this is a recording of the Powerhouse with John Caddell on Phantom 105.2, the licensed alternative rock station for Dublin.

From November 2006 this is a recording of the Powerhouse with John Caddell on Phantom 105.2, the licensed alternative rock station for Dublin.


Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002


The Anorak Hour #L09

The ninth edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on December 31st 2006.

The Anorak Hour #L10

The tenth edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on January 7th 2007.

The Anorak Hour #L11

The eleventh edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on January 14th 2007.

On this week’s edition:-
Century Radio’s test transmissions;
Emperor Rosko on Radio Nova;
Colm Hayes and Jim Jim Nugent on FM104’s Strawberry Alarm Clock in 2002;
A long-overdue outing for the RTÉ Jam Rap, Colm Hayes’ retort to RTÉ’s jamming campaign against Radio Nova;
Paul Kavanagh on Radio Nova in November 1985;
A look at the issue of TV Licences for devices other than television sets on Simon Maher’s show on Phantom;
George Long’s Oz Radio Round-Up from 2003 looks at Sydney’s radio stations.

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 #L13

The thirteenth edition of the licensed version of Phantom FM’s media industry programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast at 9am on January 28th 2007.

On this week’s edition:-
Dublin’s Energy 103 from May 6th 1986 with Tony McKenzie on air;
Then more Energy with Colm Hayes on breakfast duty in January 1987;
Boyneside Radio from 1987 with Dave C on the air is next;
Staying in Co Louth, Radio Carousel are featured next with an excerpt from the station’s history as broadcast in 1983;
A recording of Gareth O’Callaghan from April 1988 on air for Q102 is the next item just before the news break;
A feature on Sealand;

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.

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