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Echo Community Radio

This is Tony Lewis on ‘The Workers’ Playtime’, the mid-morning show on Echo Community Radio, the west Dublin-based station, in July 1985.

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This recording has been added to our archive with thanks to Ciarán Brannelly

Radio Nova July 4th 1985

This is Henry Owens sitting in on Radio Nova’s Breakfast Show on July 4th 1985. The recording was made off 102.7MHz and starts at 7.25am.

Radio Nova July 5th 1985

This is a recording of Ric Harris on Radio Nova from July 5th 1985. It starts at 5.35pm.

Radio Nova July 6th 1985

From 6am on Saturday, July 6th 1985 this is a recording of the unique talents of Peter Madison (below) on air for Dublin station Radio Nova. David Johnson is on news.

Photo courtesy of DX Archive

Erneside Radio July 8th 1985

Compliments card by kind courtesy of Ian Biggar

This is a recording of the Cavan-based pirate station Erneside Radio from July 8th 1985. It starts at 10am with ‘Jacko’ spinning the discs. It is slightly edited but is a great sample of the station’s output.

HOMETOWN RADIO (July 8th 1985)

From Castleblayney, Co Monaghan this is a recording of Hometown Radio from July 8th 1985. It features Fat Sam (owner Tommy Toal) on air from 1.15pm.

WLCB (July 8th 1985)

Courtesy of Ian Biggar

This recording is of WLCB (Wicklow Local Community Broadcasting) and is dated July 8th 1985 from 2.45pm.

Radio Nova July 14th 1985

Chris Cary

A recording of The Boss on Radio Nova. Presenting the Euro Top 40 on July 14th 1985, this is Chris Cary with the best five from 3.40pm.
There’s also a brief snippet of the 4pm news with Bernie Jameson.


This recording is from the shortwave pirate station Radio Rainbow International, which was based in Co Louth. First we hear from Ian Scott, who is followed by Heady Eddie. This was taken from 6240kHz and starts at midday on July 21st 1985.

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Magic 103 July 22nd 1985

Magic 103

Featuring a pair of mid-morning presenters conjuring up some very enjoyable radio, this is a recording of the Radio Nova spin-off station Magic 103 with the indisputable and much-missed talents of Peter Madison and Bob Gallico. The date is July 22nd 1985 and the tape started rolling at 10am.

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Magic 103 July 31st 1985

From July 31st 1985 this is a recording of Sybil Fennell on the Dublin station Magic 103, from the Chris Cary stable.

Magic 103, easy listening for Dublin

The recording off 103.5MHz starts from the end of the 6pm News. Then, following an hour of easy listening music, the main News with Dave Johnson and Mark Weller is at 7pm before Sybil launches ‘The Classical Hour’.

Magic 103 station page

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