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Radio Nova April 1st 1985

This is Tony McKenzie introducing AM Stereo to Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate based in Nova Park, Rathfarnham.
The date is April 1st 1985 and the recording starts at 2.40pm with the changeover, a first outside the USA according to the station’s engineers, due straight after the 3pm News with Mark Weller.

Tony McKenzie

With huge thanks to Ken Baird / DX Archive
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Q102 April 2nd 1985

This is a recording of Jason Maine on the Dublin pirate Q102 from April 2nd 1985. The recording starts at 11.40am.

This is a recording of Jason Maine on the Dublin pirate Q102 from April 2nd 1985. The recording starts at 11.40am.

Jason Maine


This recording is courtesy of Ian Biggar
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Magic 103 April 28th 1985

This is the very first programme that aired on Magic 103, the 'News & Information Station' for Dublin which was a Radio Nova sister station based in Upper Leeson Street. Following a few days of looped announcements on 103.5MHz, the station went live on April 28th 1985 with Bob Gallico's Classical Collection, following the networked news with Nova at 6pm read by Dave Johnson.
Bob Gallico on Magic 103
Photo by kind courtesy of Paul Buckle

This is the very first programme that aired on Magic 103, the ‘News & Information Station’ for Dublin which was a Radio Nova sister station based in Upper Leeson Street. Following a few days of looped announcements on 103.5MHz, the station went live on April 28th 1985 with Bob Gallico’s Classical Collection, following the networked news with Nova at 6pm read by Dave Johnson.

Note: This recording was made in Blackpool from 103.5MHz and suffers from a degree of fading and interference.

Bob Gallico

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Radio Nova April 29th 1985

This is the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from April 29th 1985.

This is the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from April 29th 1985.

The first recording starts at 2am and features Noel Clancy on overnight.

Noel Clancy

Then, from 7.45am it’s the Breakfast Show with John Clarke and Bob Gallico, who also mention a new sister station Magic 103.

John Clarke & Bob Gallico

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The second recording is courtesy of Gary Hogg / DX Archive

Magic 103 April 29th 1985

This is the start of programming on the first full day on air of the information and chat station for Dublin, Magic 103.  Operating from 144 Upper Leeson Street, the station was another Chris Cary spin-off from Radio Nova, broadcasting on 103.5MHz FM. First on was Bob Gallico on the networked news at 9am on April 29th 1985. Dave Harvey's was the first show of the day and Bob Gallico then started his own mid-morning show after reading the News at 10am.

This is the start of programming on the first full day on air of the information and chat station for Dublin, Magic 103. Operating from 144 Upper Leeson Street, the station was another Chris Cary spin-off from Radio Nova, broadcasting on 103.5MHz FM. First on was Bob Gallico on the networked news at 9am on April 29th 1985. Dave Harvey’s was the first show of the day and Bob Gallico then started his own mid-morning show after reading the News at 10am.

Dave Harvey

Bob Gallico


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Magic 103 April 30th 1985

From April 30th 1985 this is a recording of Magic 103, the ‘News & Information Station’ for Dublin, which was based in 144 Upper Leeson St. This is the third day of broadcasting by the Radio Nova sister station.

First, we hear from Mark Weller, who is followed by Shane McGowan.

4.35pm Mark Weller

6pm Shane McGowan

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