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 the Cork station Community Radio Youghal from August 18th 1981, which was made by a touring party from what is now the DX Archive website. Starting at 12.10pm, Eileen Connolly is on air and she’s followed by ‘Lunchtime with Seán Healey’ at 12.30pm.
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
This recording was made during a visit by a DX Archive touring party in August 1981. Joe Bollard (pictured during this recording) is the presenter of ‘Morning Mixture’, recorded off 828kHz. Ken Baird, one of the tour party, later wrote: “Joe [was] blind and was helped by a young lad [who] fetched the music for him. Joe cued up the records himself, putting the stylus under a little strain. It was amazing to watch.”
Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts in collaboration with Gary Hogg / DX Archive
This is Kildare Community Radio, a Naas-based pirate station. Made on August 15th 1981, these recordings were made by the DX Archive team during a visit to the station. The photo of the studio was also taken at that time.
Radio Retro: archiving Irish Radio Recordings since 2002 This Kildare Community Radio recording is by kind courtesy of DX Archive
This is WKRC, a pirate station based in Newbridge, Co Kildare. Made on August 15th 1981, this recording was made by the DX Archive team during a visit to the station. The photo of Pat Martin in the studio was also taken at that time.
Radio Retro: archiving Irish Radio Recordings since 2002 This WKRC recording is by kind courtesy of DX Archive
This is Tony Allan on the Dublin pirate Big D Radio on August 19th 1981 from 5.53pm. The photo was taken by a DX Archive touring party during this show.
Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002
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