This is a recording of a special broadcast marking the 20th birthday of Radio Dublin. ‘The History of Radio Dublin’ was hosted by Pat Jennings and included various studio and telephone guests looking back at the station’s history.
This is a selection from the first day of broadcasts from Energy 103.
On Sunday April 27th 1986, 103.1MHz and 738kHz in Dublin had lit up with continuous music tests, presumed to be the return of Zoom 103 – the station owned by former Nova employees – which had broadcast for just a few days following the closure of Radio Nova on March 19th.
The unidentified tests returned on Monday, April 28th, this time on 103.0MHz and 738kHz. Following a couple of hours of continuous music, the station went live at around 2pm and identified as Energy 103.
Richard Jackson was the first jock on the air and this recording has the very first presenter ID and then has Richard’s show in full.
At 4pm Tony McKenzie takes over the reins.
Later, from 10.40pm, Gary Hamill is on the air to finish the first day’s programmes.
Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts in collaboration with Gary Hogg
From November 3rd 2003 this is a recording of Hot FM, the Dublin dance music pirate station, taken off 99.4MHz FM. First on is Paul Duffy, and he’s followed by DJ Spiral.
Paul Duffy from 2.55pm – as broadcast
Paul Duffy from 2.55pm – music stripped out
DJ Spiral from 4pm – as broadcast
DJ Spiral from 4pm – music stripped out
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