Broadcasting in defiance of a new Act outlawing pirate stations with the threat of huge fines and imprisonment, Radio Dublin fill the void on a just-emptied MW dial.
Just two days since all other Dublin stations disappeared, in the first recording we join Radio Dublin with live programming from 4.42pm on January 3rd 1989, and then from 6.36pm in the second recording.
Radio Dublin continued broadcasting in 1989 in defiance of a new law threatening huge fines and possible imprisonment for anyone involved with a pirate broadcast. From late night January 6th this recording was made off 101FM.
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Radio Dublin continued broadcasting in 1989 in defiance of a new law threatening huge fines and possible imprisonment for anyone involved with a pirate broadcast. The authorities had also indicated that they would cut power supply and phone lines being used by any pirate who was on the air after December 31st 1988.
This recording is from Radio Dublin on the morning of January 19th 1989. It ends abruptly – reasons explained in that afternoon’s newspapers.
Cooke managed to get power restored and here’s the station back on the air in the afternoon…
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Donegal station Northside Radio was a result of a split in the Radio North camp following the mass pirate closedowns at the end of 1988.
This recording is from January 20th 1989 and starts at 9.20am. John Watt is on the air from 10am and he’s followed at 1pm by ‘DJ Wes’ running through to 4pm. It was taken from their 846kHz medium wave outlet.
The newspaper clipping on the right is from the Donegal Democrat from January 20th 1989 and gives a little background to the station.
10am John Watt
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Based at the border in Co Louth, Border Weekend Radio was born just a few weeks following the closedowns at the end of 1988. It was operated by presenters who had been involved with Rainbow Radio and broadcast at weekends. This recording is from 6pm on January 21st 1989 and features Johnny Walker on air.
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This is Radio Dublin from the afternoon of January 22nd 1989. The recording starts at 1pm and features Brian Paige, who then introduces that week’s Captain’s News, in a week that the station had been in the wars with the authorities.
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Recorded off 103.25MHz this is Zee 103, the border-blasting pirate station located in Omeath, Co Louth. The station had ceased broadcasting ‘for good’ at the end of 1988 with the introduction of a new Broadcast Bill but decided to make a return not long into the new year. From a Sunday evening at the end of January 1989 this is Mike Miller from 11pm.
This recording was made by Rodney Neill
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