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1987

Wonderland Radio November 1st 1984

This is Wonderland Radio from the Tallaght area of south Dublin. Recorded off 1359kHz on the morning of November 1st 1984, this is the breakfast programme with Seán Quinn on air starting at 7.53am.

This is Wonderland Radio from the Tallaght area of south Dublin. Recorded off 1359kHz on the morning of November 1st 1984, this is the breakfast programme with Seán Quinn on air starting at 7.53am.

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ERI January 14th 1987

This is Chris Barry on the Cork pirate station Radio ERI from January 14th 1987. The recording starts at 10am.

ERI station page


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Energy 103 January 19th 1987

This is John O’Hara during his evening slot for Dublin pirate station Energy 103 from January 19th 1987. This FM recording starts at 7.27pm.

Image courtesy of Mike Mahon

WEST COAST RADIO January 24th 1987

This recording comes from West Coast Radio in Sligo and is taken off 1143kHz on January 24th 1987 at lunchtime.

While you’re listening you are invited to visit the West Coast Radio station page and if there’s anything you can add to it please get in touch.

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Radio West January 25th 1987

Courtesy of DX Archve

This is a very lively edition of Radio West’s Anorak Show from January 25th 1987.
Seán Coyne and Don Allen deal with the biggest radio industry stories of the week and on this particular show took a phone-call from a bad-tempered Hugh Hardy (pictured) of Radio Carousel.
The show ran from 11am to midday and although this recording is edited it shouldn’t spoil your enjoyment.

Radio West station page

Crystal City Sound January 28th 1987

This is a recording of Crystal City Sound, the Waterford pirate station, from January 28th 1987. Crystal City Sound was the relaunched Suirside Radio, which had closed in 1985.
First, from just after 9am, we have Martin Hart.
Later, from around midday, it's Eddie Coady.

This is a recording of Crystal City Sound, the Waterford pirate station, from January 28th 1987. Crystal City Sound was the relaunched Suirside Radio, which had closed in 1985.
First, from just after 9am, we have Martin Hart.
Later, from around midday, it’s Eddie Coady.

Martin Hart

Eddie Coady

This recording is with thanks to Ian Biggar / DX Archive
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Energy 103 February 13th 1987

This is a recording of Gareth O’Callaghan on Energy 103 from the morning of February 13th 1987. We join the show at 9.40am as he plays the hits and gives the headlines from a certain year.
George Long reads the News at 10am and then there’s a few minutes of Tony McKenzie’s mid-morning show following that.

Gareth O’Callaghan


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Midway Radio February 19th 1987

From Mullingar in Co Westmeath this is Dave Murphy (pictured) on Midway Radio, recorded from 104.7MHz FM.

From Mullingar in Co Westmeath this is Dave Murphy (pictured) on Midway Radio, recorded from 104.7MHz FM.

We join Dave as the midday news, read by Anne Dwyer, approaches.

Listen or download here:


This recording and image is by very kind courtesy of Jess Codd.
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This recording is free to download for personal use only.
If you have any Midway Radio recordings or memorabilia that we can share, please contact us at recordings@radiowaves.fm

WBEN February 20th 1987

From February 20th 1987 this is a recording of WBEN off 98FM. Rob Allen is on air from 6.25pm.

WBEN station page


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Pulsar 98 February 22nd 1987

This is Brian Matthews (pictured) on the north Co. Dublin pirate Pulsar 98, which was also identifying as sister station Community Radio Fingal. 
This afternoon recording was made off 98.8MHz FM on February 22nd 1987.

This is Brian Matthews (pictured) on the north Co. Dublin pirate Pulsar 98, which was also identifying as sister station Community Radio Fingal.
This afternoon recording was made off 98.8MHz FM on February 22nd 1987.

Listen or download

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LLCR February 23rd 1987

 From February 23rd 1987 this is LLCR, the Dublin pirate based in the heart of the Liberties area of the city centre. The recording runs from 4.30pm through to 11pm and features 'Tony' at 4.30pm; Eddie O'Neill from 5pm; Tony Allan from 7pm and Derek Evans from 9pm.

From February 23rd 1987 this is LLCR, the Dublin pirate based in the heart of the Liberties area of the city centre. The recording runs from 4.30pm through to 11pm and features ‘Tony’ at 4.30pm; Eddie O’Neill from 5pm; Tony Allan from 7pm and Derek Evans from 9pm.

Listen to ‘Tony’ from 4.30pm

Listen to Eddie O’Neill from 5pm

Listen to Tony Allan from 7pm

Listen to Derek Evans from 9pm

Listen to the whole evening with the music stripped out


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Energy 103 February 24th 1987

This is Dublin station Energy 103 with Pat Courtenay sitting in on Drive from 6.15pm, and he’s followed by John O’Hara with School’s Out after the 7pm News. The recording, off 103FM, dates from February 24th 1987. Michael Lewis and Teena Gates are the Newsreaders.

Pat Courtenay

John O’Hara


This recording is with thanks to Gary Hogg
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Boyneside Radio February 25th 1987

Recorded from the Louth station's 105.5MHz Dublin relay, this is Boyneside Radio on the afternoon of February 25th 1987 with Ian Scott on the air from 4.25pm.

Recorded from the Louth station’s 105.5MHz Dublin relay, this is Boyneside Radio on the afternoon of February 25th 1987 with Ian Scott on the air from 4.25pm.


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Energy 103 February 25th 1987

Tony McKenzie on Energy 103

This is a recording of the Dublin pirate radio station Energy 103 from February 25th 1987, taken from 103.0MHz FM.

First, we hear from Colm Hayes, who was sitting in on the Breakfast Show. There’s News headlines on the half-hour and full news on the hour read by George Long.

6.57am Colm Hayes

Colm is followed by Tony McKenzie (pictured) from 10am through to the afternoon.

10am Tony McKenzie


This recording is with thanks to Gary Hogg, photo thanks to Mike Mahon
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More from Energy 103; Colm Hayes; Tony McKenzie or George Long


Energy 103 February 26th 1987

This is a recording of Energy 103 from February 26th 1987, taken from 103.0MHz.
First, we hear from Colm Hayes on the Breakfast Show with News headlines on the half-hour and full news on the hour from George Long.

7.25am Colm Hayes

Colm is followed by Tony McKenzie from 10am through to the afternoon.

10am Tony McKenzie

Later in the day we join Pat Courtenay from 6pm. Sybil Fennell reads the News.

6pm Pat Courtenay

From 7pm it’s John O’Hara with Schools Out.

7pm John O’Hara

7.45pm John O’Hara

This is a recording of Energy 103 from February 26th 1987, taken from 103.0MHz.
First we hear from Colm Hayes, sitting in on the Breakfast Show for Gareth O'Callaghan.
He's followed by Tony McKenzie from 10am through to the afternoon.
News headlines on the half-hour and full news on the hour comes from George Long.
Tony McKenzie and George Long in the Energy studio in February 1987
Photo by kind courtesy of Kevin Brangan

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More from Energy 103; Colm Hayes; Tony McKenzie; Pat Courtenay, John O’Hara, Sybil Fennell or George Long


Tallaght Community Radio February 26th 1987

This is a recording of the pirate station Tallaght Community Radio from February 26th 1987 taken off 1359kHz.

First, we hear from Annette Murray on ‘Good Morning Tallaght’ from 11.20am.
She’s followed by Mick Smith from midday.

Annette Murray

Mick Smith

We hope you’ve enjoyed this Radio Retro recording which was kindly donated to us by Chris Ridley.


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ICBS February 26th 1987

This is a recording of Barbara O'Toole on the religious Dublin pirate station Irish Christian Broadcasting Service from February 1987.

This is a recording of Barbara O’Toole on the religious Dublin pirate station Irish Christian Broadcasting Service from February 1987.



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Nitesky 96FM February 26th 1987

From February 1987 this is a recording of Nitesky 96, the alter-ego of nighttime service from Dublin's aternative music pirate Capitol Radio, broadcasting on 95.8MHz. Nick Carney is on air with his early evening show.

From February 1987 this is a recording of Nitesky 96, the alter-ego of nighttime service from Dublin’s aternative music pirate Capitol Radio, broadcasting on 95.8MHz. Nick Carney is on air with his early evening show.

Listen as broadcast

Listen airchecked


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Sunshine Radio February 26th 1987

From early morning on February 26th 1987 this is the red hot sound of Sunshine 101 with Nails Mahoney and Justin McKenna doing the honours for the Dublin station. The recording was taken from 101.0MHz.

From early morning on February 26th 1987 this is the red hot sound of Sunshine 101 with Nails Mahoney and Justin McKenna doing the honours for the Dublin station. The recording was taken from 101.0MHz.

Listen


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Q102 February 26th 1987

This is a recording of Jason Maine from 7.45pm on February 26th 1987 on Q102, the Dublin superpirate.

This is a recording of Jason Maine (pictured) from 7.45pm on February 26th 1987 on Q102, the Dublin superpirate.

Q102 station page


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Photo is thanks to Richie Wild


Energy 103 March 4th 1987

This is a recording of Colm Hayes (pictured) on Energy 103 from March 4th 1987 starting at 5pm. Sybil Fennell reads the News.

This is a recording of Colm Hayes (pictured) on Energy 103 from March 4th 1987 starting at 5pm. Sybil Fennell reads the News.

Listen here


Photo with huge thanks to Mike Mahon
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This is an Anoraks Ireland original

Energy 103 March 5th 1987

From March 5th 1987 this is Gareth O’Callaghan on Energy 103’s breakfast show, recorded off 103.0MHz. We join the programme at 7.26am. George Long (pictured) reads the News.

Listen here


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg and the photo is thanks to Henry O’Donovan

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Radio Rainbow International March 22nd 1987

This is edition 45 of Kieran Murray’s Free Radio Show on the SW station Radio Rainbow International from March 22nd 1987. It was recorded from their local 1521kHz MW outlet based in Louth.

This recording is with thanks to Gary Hogg

Kildare Local Broadcasting March 29th 1987

This is a recording of John Crofton on the air for Kildare Local Broadcasting from the end of March in 1987.

Listen


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Centre FM March 29th 1987

From Cork, this is a recording of Centre FM off 101FM on March 29th 1987. ‘Stevie’ is on the air from 7pm.


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ABC Radio April 4th 1987

From Waterford's ABC Radio this is a recording from April 4th 1987.

From Waterford’s ABC Radio this is a recording from April 4th 1987.

As Friday night turns to Saturday morning, this is Timmy Ryan with Rock 101..

From 8.30am this is John Savage with the Breakfast programme…

Donegal Community Radio April 8th 1987

This is a recording of Donegal Community Radio from April 8th 1987 which was recorded off 99.8MHz FM. Based in Letterkenny, they were also on 103MHz, and 945kHz MW.
Pat McGrath is on air from 5pm.

While you’re listening you are invited to visit the Donegal Community Radio station page and if there’s anything you can add to it please get in touch

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Energy 103 April 17th 1987

From Good Friday, April 17th 1987 this is a recording of Colm Hayes on Energy 103's breakfast show, recorded off 738kHz. We join the programme at 7.35am. Fionnuala Sweeney (pictured) reads the News.
There's also a short snippet of Ernie Gallagher's programme which followed at 10am.

From Good Friday, April 17th 1987 this is a recording of Colm Hayes on Energy 103’s breakfast show, recorded off 738kHz. We join the programme at 7.35am. Fionnuala Sweeney (pictured in the Energy 103 Production Studio) reads the News.
There’s also a short snippet of Ernie Gallagher’s programme which followed at 10am.

Colm Hayes from 7.35am

Ernie Gallagher from 10am


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg and the photo is thanks to Mike Mahon

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Horizon Radio April 17th 1987

This is a recording of the Kerry pirate station Horizon Radio from April 17th 1987.  Francis Jones presents The Mad Hatters Ball from 9.48pm.

This is a recording of the Kerry pirate station Horizon Radio from April 17th 1987. Francis Jones presents The Mad Hatters Ball from 9.48pm.

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Radio West April 19th 1987

An edition of Radio West’s Anorak Show with Captain West and Don Allen hosting. This episode features an extensive interview with Heddy Eddie who talks about a raid on Radio Boyneside which had taken place earlier in the week.

Boyneside Radio April 19th 1987

From Drogheda in Louth this is Boyneside Radio on 1305kHz with Dermot Kearns asking the questions days after the station was raided. This recording starts at 12.05pm.

Following DK Asks The Questions, Heddy Eddie presents the Double Top 10 Show from 1.30pm.

These recordings are with kind courtesy of Gary Hogg

Energy 103 May 1st 1987

From Friday, May 1st 1987 this is a recording of Colm Hayes on Energy 103’s breakfast show, recorded off 738kHz. We join the programme at 8.20am. Fionnuala Sweeney reads the News.
Following Colm at 10am it’s Tony McKenzie.

Colm Hayes from 8.20am

Tony McKenzie from 10am


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Energy 103 May 3rd 1987

From Sunday, May 3rd 1987 this is a recording of Colm Hayes on the European Top 40 show on Dublin’s Energy 103. Taken off 738kHz, we join the programme at 2.15pm.
John O’Hara follows at 3pm.

Colm Hayes from 2.15m

John O’Hara from 3pm


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Energy 103 May 4th 1987

From May 4th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay's debut on Energy 103's breakfast show. We join just as the 7am news, read by Lisa Moore, comes to an end.

From May 4th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay’s debut on Energy 103’s breakfast show. We join just as the 7am news, read by Lisa Moore, comes to an end.

Listen here


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg and the photo is thanks to Mike Mahon

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Energy 103 May 5th 1987

This is programming from Dublin’s Energy 103 from May 5th 1987. The station found itself affected by power cuts thanks to the start of an ESB strike that morning.

First, from 7am, we hear from the Breakfast Show with Pat Courtenay and Lisa Moore.

From 9.30am we join Alan Burns until 10am and then from midday to 1pm…

From 3.20pm this is Tony Allan. Teena Gates reads the News.

Darad commented on the above Tony Allan recording:
Check out that audio. I am pretty sure that was me that put in that request for us down at Fast Food Ranelagh as that’s where I worked at the time and we always phoned in requests to Energy. Sometimes I’d cycle down there and get goodies thrown down to me from the third floor whilst Rick Dees was on!

Tony Allan in the Energy newsroom.
Photo Mike Mahon

Energy 103 May 6th 1987

From May 4th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay's debut on Energy 103's breakfast show. We join just as the 7am news, read by Lisa Moore, comes to an end.

This is a recording of Pat Courtenay (photo) on Dublin station Energy 103. Dated May 6th 1987 we join him on the breakfast show during the 7am news, which is read by Lisa Moore.
Then from later in the day we join Tony Allan from 4.30pm – his show was affected by the ESB strike. George Long reads the News.

Pat Courtenay

Tony Allan


The morning recording is courtesy of Ian Biggar and the afternoon one is with thanks to Gary Hogg. The photo is thanks to Mike Mahon

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Energy 103 May 7th 1987

This is Alan Burns on air for Dublin pirate Energy 103 from May 8th 1987. This recording starts at 9.35am.

This is a selection of programming from the Dublin pirate Energy 103 on May 7th 1987.

We start with a short clip from the breakfast programme with Pat Courtenay. The show was obliterated by an ESB strike, which meant a late start for the 7am News, read by Lisa Moore. It wasn’t long before they were knocked off again…

7.06am

Power was eventually restored to ‘the power station’ and this segment is from Alan Burns.

10.20am

We catch the end of Alan Burns as he makes way for Tony Allan at 3pm.

2.54pm

During Tony’s show, we switch from medium wave to 103FM, in stereo…

3.15pm

Again, during Tony’s show, we switch back to medium wave…

4.46pm


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg, with extra thanks to Dave Small for the FM broadcast

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Energy 103 May 8th 1987

This is Alan Burns on air for Dublin pirate Energy 103 from May 8th 1987. This recording starts at 9.35am.

Here’s a morning’s worth of programmes from the Dublin pirate, Energy 103. The recording is from May 8th 1987 and features Pat Courtenay on Breakfast, who is followed by Alan Burns at 9.35am.

Pat Courtenay as broadcast

Pat Courtenay airchecked

Alan Burns as broadcast

Alan Burns airchecked

Radio Rainbow International May 10th 1987

This is Kieran Murray’s Free Radio Show on the SW station Radio Rainbow International from May 10th 1987. It was recorded from their local 1521kHz MW outlet based in Louth.
This is edition number 49 and features an interview with Heddy Eddie about the raid on Boyneside Radio which had happened a few weeks earlier.

This recording is with thanks to Gary Hogg

Westside Radio International May 12th 1987

From May 12th 1987 this is a Sunday morning recording of the Dublin shortwave pirate Westside Radio off 6280kHz. It starts with Prince Terry attempting to make contact with Centre Radio, a local Dublin FM pirate, and fellow shortwave station Radio Valleri is also briefly contacted later in the programme.

From May 12th 1987 this is a Sunday morning recording of the Dublin shortwave pirate Westside Radio off 6280kHz. It starts with Prince Terry attempting to make contact with Bobby Gibbson at Centre Radio, a local Dublin FM pirate, and fellow shortwave station Radio Valleri is also briefly contacted later in the programme. The recording is partially airchecked.

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This recording is a Prince Terry donation.

Energy 103 May 13th 1987

Morning programmes from Dublin superpirate Energy 103 on May 13th 1987, starting at 6.50am.

First on air is Pat Courtenay, with Lisa Moore on news. At 9.30am Alan Burns takes over and at midday Tony McKenzie kicks off the afternoon.

Energy 103 May 14th 1987

Morning programmes on Energy 103, who broadcast to Dublin from 1986-1988. 
From May 14th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay (right, in the Energy production studio) on Breakfast, ably assisted by Lisa Moore.
Alan Burns follows from 9.35am.

A recording of some programmes from Energy 103, who broadcast to Dublin from 1986-1988.
From May 14th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay (right, in the Energy production studio) on Breakfast, ably assisted by Lisa Moore.
Alan Burns follows from 9.35am, and then from 2pm there’s a short sample of Tony McKenzie’s programme.

Pat Courtenay

Alan Burns

Tony McKenzie


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg and the photo is thanks to Mike Mahon

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Westside Radio May 17th 1987

This is Westside Radio broadcasting to Sligo on 97.5MHz in May 1987. The Sunday afternoon recording starts at 2.30pm with Richard Johnson on the air.

This is Westside Radio broadcasting to Sligo on 97.5MHz in May 1987. The Sunday afternoon recording starts at 2.30pm with Richard Johnson on the air.

Richard Johnson

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Energy 103 May 20th 1987

From May 20th 1987 this is two 45 minute recordings from two of Energy 103’s programmes from the evening schedule.
First, we hear from Tony Allan, starting at 5.30pm.
Then we have John O’Hara from 8.30pm

Tony Allan

John O’Hara


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Radio Rainbow International May 24th 1987

This is edition 51 of Kieran Murray’s Free Radio Show on the SW station Radio Rainbow International which was broadcast on May 24th 1987. It was recorded from their local 1521kHz MW outlet based in Louth.

This recording is with kind courtesy of Gary Hogg

Energy 103 May 25th 1987

This recording is from the morning that Bob Gallico (pictured) made his debut on Energy 103. Bob defected from Q102 to join Pat Courtenay and Lisa Moore for Energy’s Breakfast programme, which we join at 6.40am.
The first part of the programme was taken from medium wave…

6.40am

Just before the headlines at 7.30am we switch to FM in stereo…

7.28am

Here’s the full show with the music stripped out..

Airchecked

Here’s the full show on medium wave


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg; photo of Bob is thanks to Mike Mahon

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Phoenix 107 May 28th 1987

This is Tony Allan on the south Dublin pirate Phoenix FM on the morning of May 28th 1987. The recording is edited in places but is very enjoyable nonetheless.

This is Tony Allan on the south Dublin pirate Phoenix FM on the morning of May 28th 1987. The recording is edited in places but is very enjoyable nonetheless.

Recording is thanks to Mike Ormonde
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Energy 103 June 19th 1987

From June 19th 1987 this recording is from the day that Alan Burns (pictured) presented his final show on Energy 103. 
The recording starts with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore on the Breakfast programme from 8.20am.
Then it's over to Alan at 9.30am.

From June 19th 1987 this recording is from the day that Alan Burns (pictured) presented his final show on Energy 103.
The recording starts with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore on the Breakfast programme from 8.20am.
Then it’s over to Alan at 9.30am.

Breakfast

Alan Burns


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg; photo of Alan is with huge thanks to Mike Mahon

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Zee 103 June 27th 1987

This is a recording of the Louth pirate radio station Zee 103 from June 27th 1987. 
The station was based in Omeath, very close to the Northern Irish border, and was specifically aimed at a mid-Ulster audience. 
This recording was off 103.25MHz and starts at 5pm.
Courtesy of Ian Biggar

This is a recording of the Louth pirate radio station Zee 103 from June 27th 1987.
The station was based in Omeath, very close to the Northern Irish border, and was specifically aimed at a mid-Ulster audience.
This recording was off 103.25MHz and starts at 5pm and features Brian Johnson on air.

Zee 103 station page

Glencoe Radio July 1987

This is a recording of Glencoe Radio from Co Donegal from an evening in July 1987. 
First, from just after 4.30pm, we hear Charlie Cannon with the King of Swing Show. He's followed at 5pm by Noel Ward.

This is a recording of Glencoe Radio from Co Donegal from an evening in July 1987.
First, from just after 4.30pm, we hear Charlie Cannon with the King of Swing Show. He’s followed at 5pm by Noel Ward.

Charlie Cannon

Noel Ward

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Energy 103 July 31st 1987

This is a recording of Energy 103’s Breakfast Club with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore from 7.34am on July 31st 1987.

Listen


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Jess Codd

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Horizon Radio July 10th 1987

This is a recording of Mike Richardson on his last mid-morning show for Horizon Radio in Kerry.
It is dated July 10th 1987 and starts at 9.48am.


As you’re listening you are invited to visit the Horizon Radio station page and if you can add to the history (factually or anecdotally) or if there’s anything else you can contribute such as photos or recordings, please get in touch.


This Radio Retro recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Richardson


Hits 94 July 23rd 1987

Hits 954 from Limerick

From July 23rd 1987 this is Limerick pop music pirate Hits 954.
In the first recording, Dave Shearer is on the air from 8.40am and Kevin Nelson reads the 9am News.
And from later that day, starting at just after midday, Mark Warner is the afternoon presenter.

Hits 954 station page

This recording is courtesy of Ian Biggar

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Signal 102 July 26th 1987

From July 26th 1987 this is Signal 102, broadcasting from Athlone in Co Westmeath. Paul McKenna (pictured) is on the air from midday. He follows Liam Lennon.

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This recording is from Chris Ridley’s collection
Image courtesy of Barry Flynn

Energy 103 August 5th 1987

This is Schools’ Out with John O’Hara on the Dublin station Energy 103. The recording from August 5th 1987 starts at 7.06pm.

Listen


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The Sound Channel September 2nd 1987

This is a recording of Sound Channel FM, the Limerick pirate radio station, from September 1987.
Starting at 1.20pm, Darren O’Brien – who was also the station’s Programme Controler – is at the mic.
Then from 2pm, there’s a debut show from Frank Johnson.

SoundChannel station page

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This recording is courtesy of Ian Biggar

Radio Rainbow International September 6th 1987

This is edition 53 of Kieran Murray’s Free Radio Show on the SW station Radio Rainbow International which was broadcast on September 6th 1987. It was recorded from their local 1521kHz MW outlet based in Louth.

This recording is with thanks to Gary Hogg

Energy 103 September 9th 1987

This is Energy 103's Breakfast Club with  Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore. 
The recording was made from 8.30am on November 11th 1987 off 103FM.

From September 9th 1987 this is a selection of clips from Energy 103’s Breakfast Club with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore.
There’s also a collection of Gareth O’Callaghan’s phone call sketches from his afternoon show.

Breakfast Club

Gareth O’Callaghan


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Energy 103 September 10th 1987

From September 10th 1987 this is a selection of clips from Energy 103’s Breakfast Club with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore.

Breakfast Club


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Energy 103 September 11th 1987

From September 11th 1987 this is a selection of clips from Energy 103’s Breakfast Club with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore.

Breakfast Club


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Independent Radio Mayo September 11th 1987

This is a recording of Independent Radio Mayo from September 11th 1987. Kevin Maque is on air from 4pm on 96MHz.

This is a recording of Independent Radio Mayo from the afternoon of September 11th 1987.

Taken from 96MHz FM in Castlebar, Kevin Maque is on air from 4pm.

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This recording is by kind courtesy of Ian Biggar

Uptown Radio September 13th 1987

From Athlone in Co Westmeath this is a Sunday night recording of Uptown Radio from September 13th 1987 with Barry John on the air.

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This recording is by kind courtesy of Jess Codd

Raidió Luimní September 24th 1987

John 'The Man' Frawley
John The Man (with thanks to Svenn Martinsen)

This is a recording of Raidió Luimní (Radio Limerick) from September 1987.

It features John ‘The Man’ Frawley on his lunchtime show from 1pm

This recording is courtesy of Ian Biggar
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WBEN October 1st 1987

This is a recording of WBEN off 98FM. from the start of October 1987.

WBEN station page


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Energy 103 October 7th 1987

From October 7th 1987 this is a recording of Energy 103’s Breakfast Club with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore from 8.15am.

Listen


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Ian Biggar

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Energy 103 October 8th 1987

From October 8th 1987 this is a recording of Dublin pirate station Energy 103. First we hear the end of Tony McKenzie's show from 1.40pm. Then we join Cassidy Jones for his show from 2pm. Lisa Moore reads the News.

From October 8th 1987 this is a recording of Dublin pirate station Energy 103. First we hear the end of Tony McKenzie’s show from 1.40pm. Then we join Cassidy Jones (right) for his show from 2pm. Lisa Moore reads the News.

There is an off channel hum on the signal especially towards the end. This could have possibly been caused by Independent Radio Mayo on the same channel whilst Energy were on low power.

Tony McKenzie

Cassidy Jones


Photograph by very kind courtesy of Mike Mahon

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Cara 95FM October 8th 1987

This is Cara 95FM, the Dublin love songs station which was a rebrand of Heartbeat FM. This recording features the last few minutes of Brendan Ryan’s late night show leading up to midnight.

Brendan Ryan

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Cara 95FM October 9th 1987

From October 9th 1987 this is the Dublin love songs station Cara 95FM. This recording features Chris Martin on the air from midnight; and then later the breakfast programme with Lawrence John.
Cara 95 was a short-lived rebrand of Heartbeat FM.

From October 9th 1987 this is the Dublin love songs station Cara 95FM. This recording features Chris Martin on the air from midnight; and then later the breakfast programme with Lawrence John.
Cara 95 was a short-lived rebrand of Heartbeat FM.

Chris Martin

Lawrence John

This recording is courtesy of Ian Biggar
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Energy 103 October 23rd 1987

From October 23rd 1987 this is a recording of Dublin pirate station Energy 103. First we hear the end of The Breakfast Club with Pat Courtenay and the team.
This is followed by Tony McKenzie from 10am.
Then from later in the day we join Cassidy Jones at 4.30pm.

Breakfast Club

Tony McKenzie

Cassidy Jones


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Energy 103 November 5th 1987

From the morning of November 5th 1987 this is a recording of The Breakfast Club from Energy 103 with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore, plus the usual array of comic characters. 
We join the show on 103.0MHz from 7.50am.

From the morning of November 5th 1987 this is a recording of The Breakfast Club from Energy 103 with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore, plus the usual array of comic characters.
We join the show on 103.0MHz from 7.50am.

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Energy 103 November 11th 1987

This is Energy 103's Breakfast Club with  Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore. 
The recording was made from 8.30am on November 11th 1987 off 103FM.

This is Energy 103’s Breakfast Club with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore.
The recording was made from 8.30am on November 11th 1987 off 103FM.

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This recording is by very kind courtesy of Jess Codd

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Kildare Local Broadcasting November 16th 1987

From November 16th 1987 this is John Crofton on the afternoon shift for Kildare Local Broadcasting.

1.50pm

2.44pm


This KLB recording is with thanks to John Crofton
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Radio Nova November 18th 1987

From November 18th 1987 this is a recording of a brand new but very familiar radio station in Dublin. Radio Nova was back from the dead with live programming earlier.
We join Niall McGowan from 9.15pm.

From November 18th 1987 this is a recording of a brand new but very familiar radio station in Dublin. Radio Nova was back from the dead with live programming following a few days on test on 99.9MHz.
We join Niall McGowan from 9.08am.


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Energy/Nova Power 103 November 25th 1987

November 25th 1987 was a historic day in Irish radio as it seen the merger of Energy 103 with the recently relaunched Radio Nova. Nova had reappeared on the Dublin FM band a couple of weeks earlier – 20 months after the hugely successful station had ceased broadcasting.

Here we have a selection of recordings from the day, starting with a short snippet from the morning’s Breakfast Club.

08:34-Breakfast Club

Then, on the mid-morning show, Niall McGowan is sitting in for Tony McKenzie.

11:20-Niall McGowan

12:15-Niall McGowan & Cassidy Jones

Following the news Tony McKenzie took over from Niall and Cassidy was still in the studio.

The bulk of this recording was made near Blackpool and as the day progresses interference increases. Where possible we’ve switched to a locally made FM recording, meaning parts of this segment is airchecked.

13:05 Tony McKenzie & Cassidy Jones

15:50 Tony & Cassidy airchecked

At 6pm Dublin Today made its return…

18: 00 Dublin Today – Airchecked

From 7.55pm this is John O’Hara

19: 55 John O’Hara

Wow. Thank you for the memories we were all so happy in those days. “FREE” to play DJ and just have fun. In hindsight, we did not know just how much freedom and fun we had. I have always considered myself to be lucky to be on such great stations with such great people. Thanks.

Niall McGowan

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Nova Power 103 November 26th 1987

Following on from the merger between Energy 103 and Radio Nova which took place the day before, this is a selection of recordings from the 'new' station's first full day on the air. Although the official name was Nova Power 103FM, it was understandable that on air it was being identified as 'Radio Nova'.

Following on from the merger between Energy 103 and Radio Nova which took place the day before, this is a selection of recordings from the ‘new’ station’s first full day on the air.

Right: The Evening Herald welcomes Radio Nova back onto the airwaves. Click to read…

From November 26th 1987 we start with the first link from Liam Coburn at midnight.

Then from 6.45am Liam introduces the new look Breakfast Club with Cassidy Jones joining Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore from 7am.

And then we have the former Breakfast Clubber, Pat Courtenay, from 11.11am.

00:00 Liam Coburn opens his show


06:45 Liam Coburn leads in to Breakfast Club

11:11 Pat Courtenay


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Nova Power 103 November 27th 1987

Following on from the merger between Energy 103 and Radio Nova which took place two days previous, this is a recording of the Breakfast Club with Cassidy Jones, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore from Friday, November 27th 1987.
The programme is part-airchecked.

08:34 Airchecks


09:07 As broadcast

09:50 Airchecks


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Main recording by kind courtesy of Jess Codd


Nova Power 103 December 3rd 1987

This is Pat Courtenay around lunchtime on Nova Power 103FM from December 3rd 1987. Teena Gates and Bob Gallico are on News and also help with comic inserts.

This is Pat Courtenay around lunchtime on Nova Power 103FM from December 3rd 1987. Teena Gates and Bob Gallico are on News and also help with comic inserts.

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Nova Power 103 December 7th 1987

From Monday December 7th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay on  Nova Power 103FM. The recording starts at 12.40pm and was made off 103.0MHz.

From Monday December 7th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay on Nova Power 103FM. The recording starts at 12.40pm and was made off 103.0MHz. Bob Gallico and Teena Gates read the News.

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Nova Power 103 December 10th 1987

From December 10th 1987, this is Pat Courtenay from 1.30pm on Nova Power 103FM. Teena Gates is on News.

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Nova Power 103 December 12th 1987

From Radio Nova's short-lived return to Dublin's FM band this is a recording of Rick Dee's Weekly Top 40 from December 12th 1987. Starting at midday, this episode features Bruce Vidal sitting in for Rick.

From Radio Nova’s short-lived return to Dublin’s FM band this is a recording of Rick Dee’s Weekly Top 40 from December 12th 1987. Starting at midday, this episode features Bruce Vidal sitting in for Rick.

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Power 103 December 14th 1987

From December 14th 1987, this is a recording of…emmm…..Power 103?!! It had previously been called Nova Power 103 following a merger between Energy and Radio Nova on November 25th, just a few weeks earlier.
An injunction had been granted to the receiver of the original Radio Nova restraining the team behind the newly merged station from using the name.

These snippets are from Pat Courtenay’s show which was on air not long after the court decision became effective.

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The photo is with thanks to Mike Mahon
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Energy 103 December 18th 1987

This is Alan Burns on air for Dublin pirate Energy 103 from May 8th 1987. This recording starts at 9.35am.

This is Energy 103 from December 18th 1987 featuring The Breakfast Club from 9am followed by Pat Courtenay from 11am-2pm.

This recording of The Breakfast Club with Cassidy Jones, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore was made on the morning Energy 103 restored their old moniker following a month of having an identity crisis which confused listeners and presenters alike!
Energy Power 103 had merged with the new Radio Nova in the last week of November to become Nova Power 103, but a legal challenge over the use of the Nova name forced them to change again so they had been identifying as Power 103 since the start of this particular week.

Breakfast Club as broadcast

Breakfast Club airchecked

Pat Courtenay


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Energy 103 December 21st 1987

From Monday, December 21st 1987, this recording features a few snippets from Pat Courtenay’s show on Energy 103, which started at 11am.

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Energy 103 December 25th 1987

From Christmas Day 1987,  this is Cassidy Jones (pictured) on Energy 103 from 7.45am

From Christmas Day 1987, this is Cassidy Jones (pictured) on Energy 103 from 7.45am.


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Photograph by kind courtesy of Mike Mahon

Southside 95 December 31st 1987

From New Year's Eve in 1987, this recording features Peter Madison on breakfast duty for Southside 95, who were broadcasting on 94.9MHz to Dublin.

From New Year’s Eve in 1987, this recording features Peter Madison on breakfast duty for Southside 95, who were broadcasting on 94.9MHz to Dublin.


This recording is with thanks to Ian Biggar

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Raidió Luimní May 18th 1988

From May 18th 1988 this is  John 'The Man' Frawley standing in for Margaret Frawley on the 'Music While You Work' lunchtime programme on Raidió Luimní, the Limerick-based pirate station located in the city centre at 1 Upper Gerald Griffin St. 
The recording is off 103FM and starts at 12.17pm.

From May 18th 1988 this is John ‘The Man’ Frawley standing in for Margaret Frawley on the ‘Music While You Work’ lunchtime programme on Raidió Luimní, the Limerick-based pirate station located in the city centre at 1 Upper Gerald Griffin St.
The recording is off 103FM and starts at 12.17pm.

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Photo of John Frawley is courtesy of  Svenn Martinsen

Radio Kerry July 14th 2020

Radio Kerry turned 30 years of age on July 14th 2020. In this special Kerry Today programme Jerry Sullivan has a look back at the history of the station and replays some memorable moments.

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