The launch of Dublin pirate Q102 from 6.56pm on January 23rd 1985. Lawrence John introduces the station and Jason Maine spins the discs in his own inimitable style.


Gerry Stevens, then John Power on air from 6.52pm

Q102 celebrates one year on air. This recording from January 23rd 1986 starts at 6.52pm with Gerry Stevens on air leading to the 7pm news with Anne Cassin (pictured).

After 7pm John Kenny takes to the airwaves.

Q102 July 21st 1986

This is Dublin pirate Q102 from July 21st 1986. Al Dunne is on air from 2.31pm.

Q102 station page

Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002


From the afternoon of September 14th 1986, this is a recording of John Lander’s Hit Music USA as aired on Dublin station Q102.


Q102’s outside broadcast from Magnums in O’Connell Street in the heart of Dublin City to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in 1988.

Starting at 8.10pm on March 16th, this recording is off 101.9MHz and features Dave Kelly, Scott Williams, Greg Gaughran and Martin Block.


From May 9th 1988 this is Q102’s Star in the Sky breakfast show with Scott Williams and Mike Hogan.

Later that morning Gareth O’Callaghan took to the air and this is his show from 10.25am.

Super Q

Some output from Dublin superpirate Super Q off 102.1MHz from December 10th 1988. The first recording features Dave Kelly from 4.56pm…

…and the second recordiing has The Boy Wonder on evening duty from 7.07pm


Dave Kelly on air from 1.06am on Q102’s penultimate day of broadcasting on December 29th 1988. The station were due to switch off for good at 6pm the following day.


The closedown of Dublin pirate Q102 in December 1988, necessitated by the introduction of new laws outlawing pirate radio.

This recording is off 102.3MHz FM and features pretty much everyone who was ever involved with the station in a broadcast full of reminiscing which starts at 2.20pm.

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