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.
This is Steve Conway live on a Christmas morning on Phantom FM, the alt-rock Dublin-based pirate station.
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!”
Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002 This recording has been added to our Irish Radio Recordings Archive with thanks to Steve Conway
Dublin pirate K.I.C. FM from Christmas morning 2000. The recording starts at 11.22am and is off 104.0MHz FM.
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