This is Radio Nova recorded off 88.2MHz FM from August 13th 1981. First we hear from Jason Maine from 5.38pm with Peter Madison reading the news. Later in the evening Mike Edgar (and The Midnight Cowboy) are on air from 11.40pm.
Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts in collaboration with DX Archive
This is a rare recording of Athlone-based pirate station Radio Carol-Ann from August 1981.
The presenter is Mark Anthony, who identifies the station by the name Radio Carol-Ann, whereas idents give a station name of Midland Radio. The banner seen here was at the entrance to the station.
The recording was made by the radio station touring lads of the DX Archive site, who stumbled upon Radio Carol-Ann by accident whilst travelling around. So, thanks to them for both the recording and for these photographs which were taken whilst the recording was being made!
Starting at 3.20pm (with a few edits at the start) this is Mark Anthony on the air – and the picture on the left was taken during this show.
Mark later went on to start the pirate station Signal 102 in 1986, which was also in Ahlone, and lasted until 1988, and also to work for Midlands Radio 3 in the licensed era in the 1990s.
Jimmy Dean followed Mark at 5.30pm
This Radio Retro recording is presented by kind courtesy of DX Archive
This is Mike Donovan on Kerry Local Radio from August 17th 1981. This recording was made by the touring DX Archive party, who failed to locate the station so unfortunately there’s no photos. You can listen to the recording; and below there’s a link to the DX Archive account of that part of their tour.
As you’re listening you are invited to visit the Kerry Local Radio station page and if you can add to the history (factually or anecdotally) or if there’s anything else you can contribute such as photos or recordings, please get in touch.
This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Ian Biggar
This is a recording of Kildare Community Radio, who were based in Naas. We first hear from ‘Niamh’, who is followed by ‘Adrian’ on either side of the 5pm news and community notices on August 19th 1981.
‘Niamh’, followed by ‘Adrian’
Radio Retro: archiving Irish Radio Recordings since 2002 This Kildare Community Radio recording is by kind courtesy of Ken Baird / DX Archive
Radio Retro: archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002 This recording is thanks to Ronan Walsh via DX Archive
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