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1978

CORK BROADCASTING COMPANY March 21st 1978

From March 21st 1978, this is King Tony on Cork Broadcasting Company from 6.10pm. Recorded off 210metres MW, this clip is airchecked.

CBC station page


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Radio Dublin April 16th 1978

This recording is from turbulent times at Radio Dublin and features Éamon Cooke and DJ Sylvia on a Sunday afternoon in an incredible broadcast.

The full story behind this broadcast can be found by tapping here.


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Radio Dublin April 14th 1978

From April 14th 1978 this is Éamon Cooke on the offensive in an incredible broadcast on Radio Dublin in the aftermath of a major split in personnel.

The full story behind this incredible broadcast can be found by tapping here.


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BIG L July 22nd 1978

Presented by Mike Richardson, this is a very short snippet of an edition of Limerick pirate station Big L’s Star Discs Weekly chart show from July 22nd 1978.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

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

Capitol Radio Station Page

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 DX Archive
The bonus recording was made and sourced by George Verschoyle (Stompin’ George) and was passed on to us with huge thanks to Al Russell

Capitol Radio Station Page

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