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Radio Nova March 11th 1986

This is a recording of Radio Nova from the afternoon of March 11th 1986. Colm Hayes is on the air and Sybil Fennell reads the News. We join the show at 3.35pm.


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Radio Nova March 12th 1986

From the evening of March 12th 1986 this is Richard Jackson on the air from 9.45pm. Gary Hamill is on News duty.


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Radio Nova March 13th 1986

This is Tony McKenzie on the mid-morning shift for Radio Nova. The recording starts at 9.45am. Bob Gallico reads the News.
Then from later in the day, there’s some explosive evening News bulletins with Sybil Fennell and Gary Hamill.


Tony McKenzie

News at 7pm

News at 8pm

News at 9pm

News at 10pm

News at 11pm

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Radio Nova March 14th 1986

These are a few recordings from Radio Nova across Friday, March 14th 1986.
We start with the midnight news from Gary Hamill with some explosive news about the station itself.
Then it’s John O’Hara from 7am with Bob Gallico on News.
Next, we have Colm Hayes in two separate recordings. First for a half hour from 1pm and then later on from 3.55pm.


Midnight News Gary Hamill

7am John O’Hara

1pm Colm Hayes

3.55pm Colm Hayes

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Radio Nova March 15th 1986

This is a segment from the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 as aired on Radio Nova on March 15th 1986. We join the recording just as the midday news with Gary Hamill starts.

This is a segment from the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 as aired on Radio Nova on March 15th 1986. We join the recording just as the midday news with Gary Hamill starts.


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Radio Nova March 16th 1986

Here’s a few recordings of Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from across March 16th 1986.

First Paul Kavanagh makes it sound easy like Sunday morning from 9.30am.

Then we join Dave Johnson as he starts this week’s European Top 40 at midday.

Next we join him as he concludes the first hour of the show from 12.55pm.

Then, we join Dave as he counts down from number 4 to finish the show from 2.45pm.

Finally, after a break in transmission as announced on the 3pm News, we join John O’Hara with Nova Gold from 3.26pm

Paul Kavanagh from 9.30am

Dave Johnson from midday

John O’Hara from 3.30pm

With thanks to Gary Hogg and Ken Baird – DX Archive

Radio Nova March 17th 1986

From Monday, March 17th 1986 on Radio Nova we have Colm Hayes from the afternoon recorded off FM and then George Talbot from the evening recorded off MW.


Colm Hayes

George Talbot

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Radio Nova March 18th 1986

This is Radio Nova on the morning of March 18th 1986 with John O’Hara and Bob Gallico on Breakfast from 8am recorded off 738kHz.


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This recording is with thanks to KenBaird of DX Archive
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Radio Nova March 19th 1986

Radio Nova from March 19th 1986.

This morning on Radio Nova was the same as any other. John O’Hara and Bob Gallico were on Breakfast and they were followed at 9am by Tony McKenzie…

8.15am

The first on-air hint that something was not right was the News bulletin at 1pm. It wasn’t the usual extended one.

Then, as the 3pm News with Gary Hamill was approaching, Colm Hayes was heard asking for Chris or Tony to contact the station.

Following the 3pm News the signal on FM went silent for a few seconds and returned with a different song to the one which had been playing. Even stranger, it was a different song to the one on 738kHz. 103.1FM continued with continuous music. There were no idents or anything else to give the listener any idea what was happening.

On medium wave Colm Hayes continued and we rejoin his show at 4.40pm to hear that Radio Nova was closing down. The 5pm News makes things a little clearer.

George Talbot in the temporary Radio Nova studio for the final day of broadcasting.
Courtesy of George

With thanks to Gary Hogg and Ken Baird – DX Archive

Zoom 103 March 19th 1986

This is a recording of the first live programming on Zoom 103, the very short-lived station that launched as Radio Nova was shutting down.

In the first recording we hear how Zoom 103 arrived – as an unidentified continuous music service that replaced Radio Nova on FM on the day Radio Nova was forced to close down. Nova’s FM transmitter on 103.1MHz was switched off just after the 3pm News and Zoom 103 was switched on.

Non-stop music continued long after Radio Nova’s 6pm closedown until the first live link at 10.15pm with Richard Jackson.

Zoom 103 March 20th 1986

Having arrived on the air just as Radio Nova was forced to shut down the day before, Zoom 103 went fully live on March 20th 1986 with the exact same line-up as Radio Nova, all in the exact same slots.
We have a selection of recordings from the day…

This first recording features an hour of Tony McKenzie’s show from just after the midday News, read by Bob Gallico.

12:00 Tony McKenzie

Next, we have some of Colm Hayes’s show (broken into segments) with Gary Hamill on News.

13:57 Colm Hayes and Gary Hamill

14:54 Colm Hayes and Gary Hamill

15:45 Colm Hayes and Gary Hamill

Then we have a couple of selections from George Talbot’s programme, again with Gary Hamill on News

18:18 George Talbot and Gary Hamill

19:20 George Talbot and Gary Hamill

Finally there’s an hour of Richard Jackson from 9pm

21:00 Richard Jackson

Having arrived on the air just as Radio Nova was forced to shut down the day before, Zoom 103 went fully live on March 20th 1986 with the exact same line-up as Radio Nova, all in the exact same slots.
This recording features an hour of Tony McKenzie's show from just after the midday News, read by Bob Gallico.

Recordings with thanks to Joe Rossa, Seán McCarthy and Gary Hogg

Zoom 103 March 21st 1986

This is a selection of recordings from March 21st 1986, the second full day of the very short-lived station Zoom 103, which immediately replaced Radio Nova when it closed down…

This first recording features John O’Hara’s show, which we join just as Bob Gallico finishes reading the 9am News. Kathy Quinn is also in studio.

09:00 John O’Hara

Next, we have some of Tony McKenzie’s show, which we join at 10.16am.

10:16 Tony McKenzie

Then we have Colm Hayes from 3.30pm with Gary Hamill on News

15:33 Colm Hayes

Recordings with thanks to Jess Codd and Gary Hogg

Radio West March 30th 1986

This is the first edition of Radio West’s Anorak Show from Sunday, March 30th 1986.
Seán Coyne and Philip Hilton present the week’s anorak news and gossip.

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This Radio West recording is with thanks to Joe Rossa

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