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KISS FM January 12th 1984

John Clarke on air on Radio Nova’s sister station Kiss FM, recorded off 102.7MHz from 2.50pm on January 12th 1984. Ken Hammond is on news duties.

Big L January 13th 1984

Big L Radio Limerick

This is a recording of Jim Liddane’s oldies programme on Big L Radio Limerick from January 13th 1984.

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WKLR January 16th 1984

This is Steve Marshall on WKLR (West Cork Local Radio) from January 16th 1984. The recording starts just after 2pm.

This is Steve Marshall on WKLR (West Cork Local Radio) from January 16th 1984. The recording starts just after 2pm.


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WKLR January 18th 1984

This is a recording of West Cork Local Radio with Keith York from January 18th 1984. It starts at 5.15pm.


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Radio Nova January 19th 1984

From January 19th 1984 this is Radio Nova with Colm Hayes from 10.20am. He’s followed by John Clarke from midday.
This recording was made in Scotland by Ken Baird so understandably suffers from interference. It is, however, of huge historical interest. See newspaper cuttings…

Colm Hayes

Note: around ten minutes is lost in the above recording from around the hour mark…

John Clarke

Nova jammed by RTÉ
Irish Independent
Nova claim that RTÉ are blacking out the pirates
Evening Press

This recording is by very kind courtesy of Ken Baird / DX Archive
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Radio Nova January 23rd 1984

This is Radio Nova from January 23rd 1984.
We join Declan Meehan’s Brekkie Trekkie with Bob Gallico from 7.30am.
The iconic duo are followed by Colm Hayes at 9am.
And then it’s John Clarke from midday.

7.30am Declan & Bob

9am Colm Hayes

Midday John Clarke

This recording was made in Leeds by Gary Hogg, some 250 miles from the transmission site. The local ILR station Radio Aire was on the next channel of 828kHz, hence the splattering across 819kHz. As this was January there was also foreign interference, hence the hum, especially during the breakfast show. Even so, the signal was listenable.
There had been rumours of another raid this week, as the station had brought its 50kW transmitter on line. RTÉ had also started a sustained jamming campaign against the station a few days earlier. As an aside they had also been jamming South Coast Radio and ERI broadcasts in Cork.


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg
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Radio Nova January 25th 1984

Radio Nova off 819kHz on January 25th 1984. Starting at 7.11am and running through to 1.15pm, this is a straight 6 hours recording featuring the iconic pairing of Declan Meehan & Bob Gallico, then Colm Hayes from 9am, followed by John Clarke from midday.

It is interesting to note that this recording was made in Leeds by Gary Hogg of DX Archive.

WKLR February 9th 1984

From February 1984 this is a recording of Peter Madison on air from 8am for West Cork Local Radio

Radio Nova February 25th 1984

This is Lawrence John on the overnight shift for Radio Nova recorded on February 25th 1984. The recording starts at 3am.

This is Lawrence John on the overnight shift for Radio Nova recorded on February 25th 1984. The recording starts at 3am.

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Radio Nova March 10th 1984

Hugh O’Brien covering the afternoon shift for Radio Nova on March 10th 1984. This recording starts at 2.26pm and also features Bernie Jameson on News.

Radio Nova April 23rd 1984

This is an afternoon recording of Greg Gaughran (pictured right) on Radio Nova from April 23rd 1984 starting at 3.30pm.

This is an afternoon recording of Greg Gaughran (pictured right) on Radio Nova from April 23rd 1984 starting at 3.30pm.

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Recording with thanks to Gary Hogg; photograph courtesy of Richie Wild
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Sunshine Radio April 26th 1984

A full morning’s recording from April 26th 1984 – an eventful day in the history of Sunshine Radio.

Following weeks of an RTÉ jamming campaign on the station’s FM frequencies, the day before this broadcast a jammer was turned on to the MW frequency. It didn’t last long as the semi-state broadcaster managed to jam their own stations as well.

However, this was a whole new day…which starts at 6.50am with David Lyons at the mic.

From 9am Robbie Dale oversees some dramatic developments.

With the situation now very desperate Andy Rua takes to the air at midday.

Radio Nova May 3rd 1984

This is a recording of Greg Gaughran on Radio Nova from May 3rd 1984 starting at 5.13pm.

This is a recording of Greg Gaughran on Radio Nova from May 3rd 1984 starting at 5.13pm.

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This recording is by kind courtesy of Richie Wild
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Radio Nova May 7th 1984

From May 7th 1984 this is programming from Dublin station Radio Nova recorded off 88.2MHz. The four recordings span much of the day from early morning through late evening.

First, from 7am, Bob Gallico is reading the news leading into his shared programme with Declan Meehan.

Following them Colm Hayes is on air from 9am.

Later in the day we catch the last hour and 10 minutes of Greg Gaughran’s afternoon programme.

Then from 7pm the ever-popular Jason Maine takes over for the evening broadcast.

These Radio Nova recordings are courtesy of Gary Hogg


These recordings were made at a time when RTÉ were engaged in a jamming campaign against the Dublin superpirates Radio Nova and Sunshine Radio. Nova’s studios had been relocated to the transmitter site at Nova Park in Rathfarnham because the microwave links from the previous studio location at Herbert Street were being targetted. To make things more difficult for RTÉ, Radio Nova were also broadcasting on 102.7MHz (in addition to 88.2MHz) and had two MW transmitters in action as well on 729kHz and 819kHz. Nova sister station Kiss FM had been broadcasting on 102.7MHz but it had been closed in January as a result of the jamming.

Radio Nova May 17th 1984

Declan Meehan in the Radio Nova studio

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on the Radio Nova Brekkie Trekkie from May 17th 1984. This recording is off 819kHz and starts at 7.45am.

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Photograph courtesy of Richie Wild
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Exidy 738 May 23rd 1984

This is a one-off experimental broadcast from the Radio Nova stable under the name Exidy 738. Tony Allan is the presenter from 10.28am.

On May 23rd 1984 Radio Nova split their medium wave frequencies, keeping Radio Nova on 819kHz. The 738kHz transmitter had been introduced a few weeks earlier because of an RTÉ jamming campaign against the station and on this particular morning, different music could be heard on the frequency. It eventually went live with Tony from just after 10am.

10.28am

12.17pm



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Radio Nova June 8th 1984

This is a recording of the Dekkie Wekkie Brekkie Trekkie from June 8th 1984. Radio Nova's breakfast programme featured Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico (pictured) taken off 738kHz from 7am. The two are in top form and the station is on a new lease of life following a few turbulent months.

This is a recording of the Dekkie Wekkie Brekkie Trekkie from June 8th 1984. Radio Nova’s breakfast programme featured Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico (pictured) taken off 738kHz from 7am. The two are in top form and the station is on a new lease of life following a few turbulent months.

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Photograph courtesy of Richie Wild
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Radio Nova July 9th 1984

From July 9th 1984, this is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on the Dekki Wekki Brekki Trekki for Radio Nova. Following them, there's about 20 minutes of Colm Hayes' show from 9am.

From July 9th 1984, this is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on the Dekkie Wekkie Brekkie Trekkie for Radio Nova.
The recording is off 738kHz and starts at 6.15am.
Following them, there’s about 20 minutes of Colm Hayes’ show from 9am.

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Radio West July 10th 1984

This is Don Allen's Breakfast Show on Mullingar-based pirate Radio West from July 1984. The recording was taken off 765kHz and starts at 7.30am.
Phillip McGovern follows Don at 10am

This is Don Allen’s Breakfast Show on Mullingar-based pirate Radio West from July 1984. The recording was taken off 765kHz and starts at 7.30am. Don is pictured in the Radio West studio.
Phillip McGovern follows Don at 10am.

Don Allen

P McGovern


This Radio West broadcast has been added with kind courtesy of Ian Biggar
Photo is thanks to Jess Codd
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Radio Nova July 11th 1984

From July 9th 1984, this is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on the Dekki Wekki Brekki Trekki for Radio Nova. Following them, there's about 20 minutes of Colm Hayes' show from 9am.

This recording is of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on the Deckie Wekkie Brekkie Trekkie for Radio Nova on July 11th 1984, starting at 7.10am.

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Radio Carousel July 12th 1984

This is a recording of Hugh Hardy’s Country Call programme on Radio Carousel in Dundalk, Co Louth from midday on July 12th 1984.

Radio Carousel

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This recording is with thanks to Kieran Murray


Radio Nova July 13th 1984

From July 13th 1984, this is the final hour of All Night Nova with Chris Barry on Radio Nova, which precedes Declan Meehan’s last show for the Dublin superpirate before departing for Capital Radio.

From 5am this is Chris Barry on All Night Nova

Recorded off 738kHz, we rejoin Declan’s show at 8.10am. Bob Gallico reads the news and does his usual inserts. There’s also a short snippet of Colm Hayes, who follows at 9am.


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Radio Nova July 14th 1984

Lawrence John on the early Saturday morning shift for Radio Nova. The date for this 6am recording is July 14th 1984.

Radio Nova July 19th 1984

The morning show from Dublin station Radio Nova with Colm Hayes and Bob Gallico on a day that Ireland shook – literally!


Bernadette Jameson:- I was amused to hear my voice in an ad break in that recording, advertising Paul Penders natural hair and skin care. Googled them, found they are still going, so I ordered stuff. Must be the longest reaction to a radio ad ever!


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Radio Nova July 21st 1984

From July 21st 1984 this is the American syndicated programme Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 as it played out on Radio Nova on 102.7FM.

From July 21st 1984 this is the American syndicated programme Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 as it played out on Radio Nova on 102.7FM.

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With great thanks to Jess Codd
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Inner City Radio July 29th 1984

A short excerpt from a test transmission from July 29th 1984.

Inner City Radio

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Radio Annabel July 29th 1984

Dublin pirate Radio Annabel from July 29th 1984.

This recording features a closedown announcement from Bobby Howard

Radio Annabel

Inner City Radio August 18th 1984

This is a recording of the Dublin pirate station Inner City Radio from Saturday, August 18th 1984. Taken from 981kHz and starting at 1pm this is Doctor Don’s comedy programme.
Dr Don during a Channel D television broadcast

This is a recording of the Dublin pirate station Inner City Radio from Saturday, August 18th 1984. Taken from 981kHz and starting at 1pm this is Doctor Don’s comedy programme.

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Radio Nova August 26th 1984

This is Jason Maine, pictured right in the older Herbert St studio, on the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from the afternoon of August 26th 1984. At this time Nova were located in Rathfarnham. 
The recording starts just as the 4pm News comes to an end.
By very kind courtesy of DX Archive

This is Jason Maine, pictured right in the older Herbert St studio, on the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from the afternoon of August 26th 1984. At this time Nova were located in Rathfarnham.
The recording starts just as the 4pm News comes to an end.

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RADIO ZODIAC August 29th 1984

This recording from August 29th 1984 features a short clip of Mark Wesley on air from 4.28pm for one of the lesser-known Dublin pirate stations.

Radio Zodiac

RADIO ZODIAC August 30th 1984

 This is Mark Wesley on air on Radio Zodiac for his afternoon show on August 30th 1984 between 3pm and 6pm. The Dublin hobbyist station was based in Castleknock in north Dublin and was a MW only outfit.
Logo is from the later online incarnation of the station

This is Mark Wesley on air on Radio Zodiac for his afternoon show on August 30th 1984 between 3pm and 6pm. The Dublin hobbyist station was based in Castleknock in north Dublin and was a MW only outfit.

For this recording of Mark’s show we have an ‘as broadcast’ version running for the final hour (with some minor edits)…

…and also an airchecked version of the full three hours.

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This recording is by kind courtesy of Ciarán Brannelly

Radio Nova September 2nd 1984

From a Sunday morning in September 1984 this is a recording of Chris Barry from 9.30am, followed by Greg Gaughran at 10am, on Radio Nova. Bernie Jameson reads the news.

First from 9.30am…Chris Barry followed by Bernie Jameson on the News at 10

Then Greg Gaughran frm 10.03am…

Alternatively you can listen to the whole recording in airchecked format

Sunshine Radio September 14th 1984

This is Robbie Dale on the Dublin superpirate Sunshine Radio from the morning of September 14th 1984.

Robbie Dale

This recording is from a cassette very kindly donated by Keith Lewis

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Radio Nova September 28th 1984

Friday September 28th 1984. The question posed to listeners of Radio Nova was: “What would you do with £5,000?”
To win, you had to be the 50th caller once the station had played three particular songs in a row. The promos had been running for weeks but this day was the last day it could possibly happen, and it had to happen before 7pm.

Friday September 28th 1984. The question posed to listeners of Radio Nova was: "What would you do with £5,000?"
To win, you had to be the 50th caller once the station had played three particular songs in a row. The promos had been running for weeks but this day was the last day it could possibly happen, and it had to happen before 7pm.

First in these recordings, from 11.30am, John Clarke gives some clues to when it would happen. There are large gaps in the recordings so his show is split into three parts.
Following John, there’s Greg Gaughran’s show from 2pm – split into two parts due to a large gap in the recording.
There’s a choice of listening with the music stripped out or to hear the output exactly as broadcast (it becomes very important to realise it is presented here exactly as it was broadcast).

First from 11.25am…this is John Clarke either as broadcast or airchecked

Staying with John Clarke from 12.45pm, again either as broadcast or airchecked

Finally John Clarke with the last 15 minutes of his show – as broadcast or airchecked

From 2pm this is Greg Gaughran as broadcast or airchecked

We rejoin Greg Gaughran from 4pm, again as broadcast or airchecked


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Big L October 7th 1984

Big L Radio Limerick

This is a recording of Jim Liddane’s oldies programme on Big L Radio Limerick from October 7th 1984.

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This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

Radio Nova October 24th 1984

From October 24th 1984 this is John Clarke on Dublin's Radio Nova from 10.41am.

From October 24th 1984 this is John Clarke on Dublin’s Radio Nova from 10.41am.

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Raidió Luimní October 28th 1984

From October 27th 1984 this is a recording of Ger Sweeney on Raidió Luimní. It was taken from 96FM in Limerick and starts at 5pm.

From October 28th 1984 this is a recording of Ger Sweeney on Raidió Luimní. It was taken from 96FM in Limerick and starts at 5pm.


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Ger had this to say on our social media channels:
Had a sneaky listen and @BenSweeneyF1 tells me I was 17 when that was recorded. Wow… Not too shabby for a young fella!! Thanks for posting. Will listen to the whole lot later.


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This Raidió Luimní archive is from the recordings of Dave Small


Radio Nova November 7th 1984

This recording is from Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate, and features Emperor Rosko's programme from November 7th 1984. We join him at 6.20pm.
Following Rosko we hear from Bernie Jameson and George Long on the 7pm News
Courtesy of emperorrosko.net

This recording is from Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate, and features Emperor Rosko’s programme from November 7th 1984. We join him at 6.20pm.
Following Rosko we hear from Bernie Jameson and George Long on the 7pm News

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This recording is with kind courtesy of Emmet Hand
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Radio Annabel November 11th 1984

This (edited) recording features the Free Radio Campaign programme with Ger Roe starting at 5pm on November 11th 1984.

Radio Annabel

Big L December 16th 1984

Big L Radio Limerick

From December 1984, this is Jim Liddane’s American Oldies programme on Big L Radio Limerick.

Big L Station Page

This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson

Breffni Regional Radio December 23rd 1984

This is a short recording of Cavan pirate station Breffni Radio from December 23rd 1984. It has a few edits but is worth a listen.

Radio Nova December 25th 1984

Christmas Day 1984  on Radio Nova. First, we have Denis Murray from 10.45am and he's followed by Tony Allan (right), along with an assortment of guests, from 2pm.

Christmas Day 1984 on Radio Nova. First, we have Denis Murray from 10.45am and he’s followed by Tony Allan (right), along with an assortment of guests, from 2pm.

10:45 Denis Murray

14:00 Tony Allan


Photograph of Tony Allan is by very kind courtesy of Joseph King
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Radio Nova December 31st 1984

Radio Nova says goodbye to their annus horribilis. Tony Allan (right) sees in 1985 with the help of plenty of studio invasions. This recording has large segments missing and is mostly airchecked.

Radio Nova says goodbye to their annus horribilis. Tony Allan (right) sees in 1985 with the help of plenty of studio invasions. This recording has large segments missing and is mostly airchecked.

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This recording is courtesy of Chris Ridley; photo is thanks to Joseph King
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Cavan Community Radio December 31st 1984

Cavan Community Radio welcomes in 1985 in this recording that starts just before midnight.

Radio Mi Amigo International

From April 29th 1984 this is a short recording of Kieran Phillips on the Dublin-based SW pirate Radio Mi Amigo from 11.35am.

In it Kieran reports to their international listeners about RTÉ’s jamming campaign against Sunshine Radio in the previous midweek.

This Radio Mi Amigo International recording is with thanks to Ger Roe

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