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The Anorak Hour #217

This is edition number 217 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on January 30th 2000.

This week’s features:-

New Rock Edge 102 from Toronto, Canada;

Loads from ’80s superpirate Energy 103;

An SOS from Radio Northsea International;

Alan Freeman;

Atlantic 252 and John O’Hara on Radio Nova;

And finally, Pete Reed with this week’s broadcast news.

BBC RADIO 2 February 15th 2000

The Great 208 – the Story of Radio Luxembourg was a BBC Radio 2 special programme.

Noel Edmonds looks back at the history of Radio Luxembourg, from its formation in 1933 to its closure in 1992, with contributions from Alan “Fluff” Freeman, David Jacobs, Pete Murray, Peter Powell , Mike Read and David “Kid” Jensen. Producer Steve Ackerman

The documentary was broadcast on February 15th 2000 and was recorded via the Astra satellite.

The Anorak Hour #218

This is edition number 218 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on February 6th 2000.

This week’s features include:-

Tony Allan on Energy 103 in October 1986;

A feature on Jam Jingles and how they linked with BBC Radio 1;

From November 1988, an interview with Robbie Robinson as he prepared to shut down Sunshine Radio;

Then 2FM’s John Power on Pulse FM back in 1998;

Final archive item comes from More FM in Wellington, New Zealand

And finally, Pete Reed with this week’s broadcast news including an interview with Radio Caroline Dublin’s Bobby Gibson.

The Anorak Hour #219

This is edition number 219 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on February 13th 2000.

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The Anorak Hour #222

This is edition number 222 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on March 5th 2000.

This week’s features include:-
Radio Caroline off satellite from 1998 with Nigel Harris on the air;
Freedom’s 5th birthday;
Mike Reed on Radio Annabel in May 1984;
Radio Mi Amigo reports on RTÉ’s jamming of Sunshine Radio in 1984;
An airing for some Big L Radio London jingles;
And then this week’s broadcast news.

Freedom FM

Fifth birthday celebrations at the Dublin-based pirate station off 92.0MHz. First recording features Wayne Scales from 7.30pm.

Wayne is followed by Tony Mac from 8pm.

XFM March 6th 2000

This is the Dublin alternative music pirate XFM recorded off 107.9MHz late on the night of March 6th 2000.

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FM104 March 12th 2000

This recording from March 12th 2000 starts at 1am and following the news there’s Nightcap with old Nova and Q102 favourite, Jason Maine

The Anorak Hour #223

This is edition number 223 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Pete Reed as broadcast on March 12th 2000.

This week’s features include:-
Rock 95 from Toronto;
Back to May 1984 for a feature on RTÉ’s jamming of Sunshine;
Scott Williams on Q102;
And then this week’s broadcast news.

The Anorak Hour #224

This is edition number 224 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on March 19th 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour marked the twentieth anniversary since the sinking of the Radio Caroline ship the Mi Amigo

The Anorak Hour #225

This is edition number 225 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on March 26th 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour features:
Tracey Lee on Sunset FM’s final broadcast and then on South East Radio;
Johnnie Walker interview at the time of Radio Caroline’s 30th birthday;
Johnnie Walker’s return to Radio Caroline;
Declan Meehan on the first Euro Top 40 in 1985;
and Pete Reed with this week’s news.

The Anorak Hour #226

This is edition number 226 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on April 2nd 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour features:
Some more examples of Canadian services;
John Clarke on Radio Nova on November 27th 1984;
David Lyons on Sunshine Radio in 1981;
Jason Maine on Radio Nova
Tom Dunne’s Totally Irish on 98FM;
Hugh Hardy interviewed by BBC Radio Ulster;
and this week’s broadcast news with Pete Reed

East Coast Radio April 14th 2000

From April 14th 2000 this is a recording of Bob Gallico guesting on the Declan Meehan mid-morning show on East Coast Radio, the licensed station for Wicklow. The pair reminisce about Bob's radio career and we join the recording as Bob reveals he was working as a Double Glazing Salesman when he first joined Radio Nova...

From April 14th 2000 this is a recording of Bob Gallico guesting on the Declan Meehan mid-morning show on East Coast Radio, the licensed station for Wicklow. The pair reminisce about Bob’s radio career and we join the recording as Bob reveals he was working as a Double Glazing Salesman when he first joined Radio Nova…

This recording is courtesy of Ger Roe
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The Anorak Hour #227

This is edition number 227 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on April 16th 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour features:
Paul Kavanagh on Radio Nova; then some items related to the Radio Caroline ship the Mi Amigo; then a celebration of Bob Gallico’s career with Declan Meehan; a recording of Waterford’s WLR FM; Radio Dublin’s theme tune Boola Boola; and this week’s broadcast news.

XFM April 16th 2000

This is a recording of the Dublin alternative music pirate XFM off 107.9MHz from April 16th 2000. It starts at 9.45pm and features The Chillage Idiots, and more...

This is a recording of the Dublin alternative music pirate XFM off 107.9MHz from April 16th 2000.

It starts at 9.45pm and features The Chillage Idiots playing their brand of ambient music; and more follow them…

This XFM recording is a Radio Retro original

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The Anorak Hour #228

This is edition number 228 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe as broadcast on April 23rd 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour features:
Denise Jones on Pulse FM from the summer of 1998;
Mike Reade on RNI;
Chris Barry on Cary’s Kiss FM in Dublin; then on 98FM from Dublin;
Howard Stern in his usual form;
David Baker on Southside 95

The Anorak Hour #229

This is edition number 229 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on April 30th 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour features:
Lawrence John on Radio Nova in 1984 and there’s an airing for Colm Hayes’s ‘The RTÉ Jam Rap’;
Aidan Cooney interviewing station head Jim Smith on Treble TR from the final day of broadcasting in December 1988;
And then there’s a sample of Jim Smith on K.I.C. FM;
John O’Hara (as John Young) on Radio Dublin in 1983;
Wes D’Arcy on East Coast Radio in 1998;
An extract from ‘The Sunday Night Sex Show’, a Canadian advice programme;
Pete Reed with the week’s broadcast news.

The Anorak Hour #230

This is edition number 230 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on May 7th 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour features:
Ronan Collins, Gerry Ryan and Jim O’Neill sing for RTÉ Radio 2’s 5th Birthday on a 7” single release from 1984;
Then on the flipside, Willie O’Reilly plays some sample jingles and promos from the same year;
Following that there’s a recording of The Two Tonys from 1987 on NDCR;
Then there’s a sample of Dr Don on ARD from 1978;
And from two weeks before the programme was broadcast it’s Dr Don (Donald Moore) again, interviewed by Daire Nelson on LMFM Radio;
The next item is a 1994 interview by Shaun Tilley with ‘The Royal Ruler’, Tony Prince, in which he looks back at his radio career;
Finally Pete Reed with the week’s broadcast news.

Phantom FM

Dublin indie music pirate Phantom FM from May 11th 2000. This recording is off 91.6MHz and starts at 5.56pm.

Walkinstown Local Radio May 12th 2000

This is a recording of Walkinstown Local Radio from the afternoon of May 12th 2000 with some rare live programming from around 3pm.
The unnamed presenter switched on the mic without announcement or fanfare following a long run of automation on 92.4MHz in Dublin.

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Chris Murray: Paddy Muldowney was his name, he may have used Dave King on air. He died a few years ago, I remember the house it came from at Landsdowne valley in Drimnagh, My mother listened to it as she loved his Music & him reading the newspapers. I remember listening to him one day and he was looking for listeners to help pay for a leaky roof and if it wasn’t fixed he’d have to close the station, He was giving out a bank of Ireland account number that listeners could donate to, a few weeks later he got the roof fixed and a holiday to Spain :() :() Station was off the air for the two weeks


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The Anorak Hour #231

This is edition number 231 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on May 14th 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour featured:
Pat Courtenay on Breakfast for Sunshine Radio in October 1985;
Leon Tipler’s visit to CRF in 1988;
RNI Jingles and then Tony Allan on board the Mebo II for the station;
A sample of US station Wild 94.9FM;
Voices and Jingles from Big D Radio;
Finally Pete Reed with the week’s broadcast news.

ESG 94FM May 23rd 2000

This ESG FM recording, off 94.1MHz in Dublin, is from May 23rd 2000. It starts at 2.20pm and features Ronan Devitt on air.

At this time ESG were also available on 93.8MHz.

The Anorak Hour #233

This is edition number 233 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on May 28th 2000.

This edition of The Anorak Hour features:
An interview with Dr Don on NEAR FM;
The launch of the new Dublin station, Lite FM;
Mary Harney on Channel D TV;
Some early voices from RTÉ Radio 2;
Finally this week’s radio industry news with Pete Reed.

The Anorak Hour #235

This is edition number 235 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on June 11th 2000.

This week’s programme features:-

2FM’s 21st birthday celebrations from 2 weeks ago with Gerry Ryan and Larry Gogan reminiscing on air;

New York’s Z100 again this week;

Clips from Laser 558 from the MV Communicator in the mid-80s, followed by some of the station’s history;

And, of course, Pete Reed has this week’s media broadcast news,

The Anorak Hour #236

This is edition number 236 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on June 18th 2000.

This week’s programme features:-

More from the incredible history of ’80s offshore pirate Laser 558;

Formerly of Laser, Jessie Brandon and Rick Harris on Radio Nova;

Aidan Leonard on Q102;

And this week’s broadcast news with Pete Reed

The Anorak Hour #237

This is edition number 237 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on June 25th 2000.

This week’s programme features:-

Anorak Hour #196 from August 1999!!!

Which featured:-

A selection of stations from Toronto, Canada;

John Clarke interviewed while on Radio Nova, and then on air at 2FM;

The newly-formed Essential Galaxy;

John Power on Pulse 103;

Tony Dixon interviewed;

Tony Allen on Radio Nova;

The Anorak Hour #238

This is edition number 238 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on July 2nd 2000.

This week’s programme features:-
Pulse 103’s close a year ago;
Phantom’s close a year ago;
A feature on offshore radio, in particular two that were NOT based on ships;
And finally, Pete Reed with this week’s media news.

ABC 94FM July 8th 2000

Steve Conway presents ‘North Sea Gold’ for the Dublin pirate in July 2000. The recording starts at 10.15pm.

The Anorak Hour #239

This is edition number 239 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on July 9th 2000.

This week’s programme features:-
Drive 105 broadcasting to Derry;
Rick Sky on Power FM in Cork;
Barry Lang on 2FM;
Radio Nova jingles:
Chris Cary on Radio Luxembourg and some jingles;
Charlie Wolf on Radio Mercury in June 1986;
Radio Dublin personalities on their new VHF service in 1979;
And finally, Pete Reed with this week’s media news.

Today FM July 13th 2000

The last hour of The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM from July 13th 2000.

This Today FM recording is a Radio Retro original

Kiss 106FM July 13th 2000

This is a recording of Dundalk-based pirate Kiss 106FM from the morning of July 13th 2000. The programming is automated and we join it at 10 past 10,



The Anorak Hour #240

This is edition number 240 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on July 16th 2000.

This week’s programme features:-
Kiss FM and Galtee Radio from Limerick;
Andrew Walsh on Dublin’s dance music pirate ESG FM;
Various stations’ reactions to the raids on Nova and Sunshine in 1983;
Hot 107 closedown from March 1996;
KLOS Los Angelus with a John Lennon interview;
And finally, Pete Reed with this week’s media news.

The Anorak Hour #241

This is edition number 241 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on July 23rd 2000.

This week’s programme features:-
Century Radio memories from their first day in September 1989;
Capital 104’s Newsbeat reacts to Century’s launch;
David Baker on Chelmer FM and an interview with David;
The UK RSL Youth FM from London;
Kenny Everett excerpts;
And finally, Pete Reed with this week’s media news.

The Anorak Hour #245

This is edition number 245 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on August 20th 2000.

The Anorak Hour #246

This is edition number 246 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on August 27th 2000.

This week’s programme features:-
Johnnie Walker on BBC Radio 2 from 1999;
A follow-up to last week’s raid on Radio Caroline;
From November 1985 Tony Allan on Radio Nova;
Bobby Howard on Radio Annabel;
A sample of WBCN Boston;
And finally, Pete Reed with this week’s media news.

Passion FM

Wicklow dance music pirate Passion FM off 103.7MHz starting at 5.30pm. Nikki Hayes is on air for the station’s final full day of broadcasting on September 2nd 2000.

The Anorak Hour #247

This is edition number 247 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on September 3rd 2000.

This week’s programme features:-
A sample of Kiss 92.5FM from Toronto;
The history of the London pirate Radio Jackie;
Memories from Q102;
And finally, this week’s media news, including clips from Passion FM and an interview with Dave Sheehan.

The Anorak Hour #249

This is edition number 249 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on September 17th 2000.

This week’s programme features:-
An interview with Bobby Gibbson of Radio Caroline Dublin;
From 1989 a report by RTÉ’s Today Tonight on the radio situation at that time;
From June 1999 the (at the time) final FM Anorak Hour before Phantom closed to apply for a licence;
And finally, this week’s media news with Pete Reed.

Today FM September 19th 2000

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM from September 19th 2000.

It features some classic Gift Grub and Colette Fitzpatrick plus Paul Collins on news.

This Today FM recording is a Radio Retro original

The Anorak Hour #250

This is edition number 250 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on September 24th 2000.

Featured on this special edition is Dr Don

The Anorak Hour #251

This is edition number 251 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on October 1st 2000.

This week’s show featured:-
Some early ARD broadcasts;
RTÉ Cork documentary on Limerick and Waterford pirates;
From 1986, Centre Radio from Tipperary;
3CR Clondalkin from 1987;
Seán Coyne arguing with Hugh Hardy on the Radio West Anorak Show;
Finally Pete Reed with this week’s media news.

LUV FM October 6th 2000

This is Cork’s love songs pirate Luv FM from 2000.
Recorded off 106.8MHz, the October 6th recording starts at 9.30pm with Steve Michael on air.

The Anorak Hour #252

This is edition number 252 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on October 8th 2000.

The Anorak Hour #254

This is edition number 254 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on October 22nd 2000.

Limerick’s Live 95 November 1st 2000

This is a recording of Limerick’s Live 95FM from the afternoon of November 1st 2000, starting at 4.50pm.

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GALTEE RADIO November 1st 2000

From November 1st 2000 this is a recording of the Limerick pirate station Galtee Radio off 102.4MHz.

First we hear from Ciarán Pearl with his ‘Tale of Two Countries’ programme from 8.33pm.

Then from 9pm Peter Leonard takes to the air and we have the first 20 minutes of his programme before we join him again from 10.05pm.

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Limerick’s Live 95 November 2nd 2000

From the morning of November 2nd 2000 this is a recording of Limerick’s Live 95FM, the licensed commercial station for the county.
The magazine programme Limerick Today with Ed Myers is on air as we join.
Later Declan Copues takes over.
This recording is presented exactly as broadcast.

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KISS FM November 2nd 2000

Recorded off the station’s Limerick city frequency of 106.3MHz, this is Joe Crowley on Kiss FM from 10.25am on November 2nd 2000.

This is Eddie K from 1.20pm.

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TIPP FM November 2nd 2000

This is Tipp FM, the licensed station for Tipperary, from November 2nd 2000.

The recording starts at 2.56pm and we eventually get to hear from presenter Annette Brett.

Radio Kilkenny

This is a sample of the licensed station Radio Kilkenny from November 2nd 2000.

The recording off 96.6MHz starts at 3.28pm.

Midlands Radio 3 November 2nd 2000

This is a recording of the licensed station Midlands 103, which covers three counties. It is from the afternoon of November 2nd 2000, taken from 103.5MHz.

This is a recording of the licensed station Midlands Radio 3, which covers three counties. It is from the afternoon of November 2nd 2000, taken from 103.5MHz.

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The Anorak Hour #256

This is edition number 256 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on November 5th 2000.

The Anorak Hour #257

This is edition number 257 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on November 12th 2000.

The Anorak Hour #258

This is edition number 258 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on November 19th 2000.

KS1075

Based in Navan, Co Meath, this is an hour long sample of automated station KS1075 from November 24th 2000. If it matters, the recording started at 10.25am.

The Anorak Hour #259

This is edition number 259 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on November 26th 2000.

Phantom FM November 27th 2000

From November 27th 2000 this is the story of two debuts on Phantom FM, the alt-rock Dublin-based pirate station.

In this recording, former Caroline jock Steve Conway makes his first appearance as a presenter on the station’s first ever live breakfast show.

Picture: Steve in the Phantom FM studio

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The background story of that debut morning is described by Steve in his new book 'Unsound - Anything I Know About Radio I Learned By Screwing It Up' which will be released next year.

At 7am on Monday the 27th of November 2000, I spoke my first words as a presenter on Phantom FM, an occupation that was to last far, far longer than either I or they could ever have expected, taking me right through the decade that followed and up to the beginning of 2011, nearly 11 years later.

My very first words on the station, as part of the 7am news bulletin, was to confirm to its audience that according to the latest court ruling in the United States, the election results in Florida were valid, and therefore George W Bush would indeed be the next president of the USA.

After reading a bulletin of around 4 or 5 stories, which I had prepared earlier, I finished with a weather forecast and went into what would be the first of many thousands of records that I was to play on the station during my long association with them – the Greenday song “Minority” from their new album “Warning”. The track itself was currently on Phantom’s A-list, and I simply couldn’t think of a better track to kick off my new era as an alternative rock pirate than one about a person who decries authority and wants to be in the minority. And, lyrics aside, a cracking great tune.

As I started my show on that November morning in 2000, I thought back to the years spent with Radio Caroline, and some of the lessons that I had learned over the years, either through hard experience, bitter disappointment, or post-fact regret. I had had the most wonderful time of my life with Caroline, but there were many things I realised afterwards that either I or they could have done differently, better, or simply more of. I was determined to take every lesson, every setback and every regret I had encountered in my broadcast career so far and use the knowledge of them to make my time with Phantom even better still, and to make of the 2000s a decade the enjoyment of which would rival even the astoundingly brilliant time I had had in the 1980s. 

During my time on board the Ross Revenge I had read close to ten thousand news bulletins, yet I didn’t have a single one of them recorded on tape for posterity. It was something I was always going to get around to, but I never did, as there was always tomorrow…

And so, sitting in the studio in Phantom FM in Dublin that very first morning, I knew what I had to do, and I did it. 

I determined that no matter how long my stint with Phantom lasted, I would enjoy it to the hilt, I would squeeze every last possible iota of effort into it, and every drop of excitement and happiness out of it. 

And so, as there was not a bus from Ballinteer to get me in early enough in the mornings to be able to prepare properly for the start of the show at 7am, I would come in the night before, and sleep on the studio floor, with a cushion as a pillow and my coat over me for warmth, so that I would be there early enough to give the programme and the news the attention it deserved. I came in each evening on the last inbound bus from Ballinteer, with a fresh set of clothes in a bag for the morning. I woke at 5am on the hard floor and prepared for my show, at the end of which I would travel across to eastpoint by bus for a full day’s work, getting home at around 8.30pm, with just time for dinner and an hour of rest before getting the late bus in again. I didn’t care.

There was no effort spared, and nothing held back, I gave Phantom my all, and it repaid me handsomely, giving me a decade-plus of rich and fulfilling times that I will remember to the end of my days.

For Radio Caroline, I am, and will always remain, profoundly grateful, for it showed me the value of the now, the need to seize and hold and enjoy life, and thus it gave me the keys to Phantom .

The greatest lesson I ever learned in radio was this: 

do it, 

do it now, and

do it like you will never get the opportunity to do it ever again.

The above extract from Steve Conway’s forthcoming book ‘Unsound – Anything I Know About Radio I Learned By Screwing It Up’ is with very kind courtesy of Steve.
The new book adds more background to the Radio Caroline material from Steve’s previous book ‘Shiprocked: Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline’, and has a few chapters on the Phantom saga. 

Published in 2009, the excellent Shiprocked: Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline is still available to buy by clicking here.


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Jazz FM December 2nd 2000

From December 2nd 2000 this is a recording of Jazz FM, the Dublin pirate station, off 89.8MHz which starts at 10.55pm.

It’s difficult to believe now but 20 years ago Dublin FM listeners could tune to a station like Jazz FM at any time of the day or night.
An increase in licensed services has led to a decrease in choice for listeners who like to stray from the mainstream.

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Phantom FM December 3rd 2000

Dublin indie pirate Phantom FM off 91.6MHz from December 3rd 2000.

The recording starts at 9.05pm and first on air is ‘Mark’ making his Phantom debut and he’s followed by The Two Pete’s Talk Rubbish.

The Anorak Hour #260

This is edition number 260 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on December 10th 2000.

Cabra’s Choice FM December 21st 2000

This is a recording of Cabra’s Choice FM, the Dublin hobbyist pirate, from December 2000. Jem Rodney is the ‘presenter’.

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Phantom FM December 25th 2000

This is Steve Conway live on a Christmas morning on Phantom FM, the alt-rock Dublin-based pirate station.

This is Steve Conway recorded live on a Christmas morning on Phantom FM, the alt-rock Dublin-based pirate station.
Steve in the Phantom FM studio

Recorded on December 25th 2000, this was the first time the station experimented with live programming on the big day at a time when even the big licensed stations were running pre-records.

Steve recalls that first show: “This is the first-ever time that pirate Phantom had a live show on Christmas day. When I offered to do it, they said I could if I wanted to, but that it would be very quiet. It turned out quite the opposite – tons of people were listening, and I was quickly deluged with requests by text and phone.
Sinister Pete was so impressed listening to the show that he decided to come in after me and do a live afternoon show too!

“One other feature of the recording is hilarious to me now – my accent. I was not long back in the country after 16 years living in the UK, and I sounded very English.

“Also, during the time I had been away from Ireland, there had been a big change in children’s names. In my era girls were Mary, or Gráinne, Orla or Deirdre. There were no Aoifes – a name you will hear me mispronounce spectacularly on more than one occasion, along with other more modern Irish names.
Which, of course, just made me sound even more English!”

From 8.58am


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