The launch of Dublin pirate Q102 from January 23rd 1985. There are some test transmissions from the afternoon and evening time. Then at 7pm Lawrence John introduces the station and Jason Maine spins the discs in his own inimitable style. Later John Kenny was in the studio and we also have recordings from his show.
8.20pm John Kenny
11pm The Q goes Quiet
These recordings are courtesy of Chris Ridley Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002
From a Sunday in October 1985, this is an afternoon’s programming from Dublin superpirate Q102.
First, from approaching 1pm, it’s Greg Gaughran. He’s followed at 2pm by Derek Jones. And Gerry Stevens takes to the air at 5pm. The whole recording can be listened to either as broadcast, or with the music stripped out.
This is the final day of broadcasting from the Dublin superpirate Q102 in December 1988. We start at 8.45am and have the full day leading up to the station’s closedown at 6pm – necessitated by the introduction of new laws outlawing pirate radio.
These recordings are off both AM and FM and feature pretty much everyone who was ever involved with the station in a broadcast full of reminiscing.
You can listen on an hour to hour basis or in two large blocks…
8.45am – 2.15pm
2.15pm – Closedown
8.45am Tim Kelly
9am Boy Wonder
11am Tony Dixon
12pm Liam Coburn
1pm Aidan Leonard
2pm Al Dunne
3pm Dave Kelly
4pm Henry Owens
5pm Martin Block
After Q102’s official closedown, the station reverted to non-stop continuous music. On some frequencies it went blank for a few minutes, on others the closedown song faded straight into U2.
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