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Radio Nova December 24th 1985

Christmas Eve morning with Radio Nova’s Zoo Crew from 1985. Colm Hayes, Bob Gallico and assorted guests keep the party flowing from 7.40am.

From one end of the day to the other as John O’Hara plays his last tune before handing over to Jessie Brandon just as the clocks strike midnight for Christmas Day – and All Night Nova.

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 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 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 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

Energy 103 April 29th 1986

John O'Hara on Energy 103
Thanks to Kevin Branigan

This is a selection of recordings from Energy 103’s first full day on the air. The date was Tuesday, April 29th 1986 and the Dublin station were broadcasting on 103.0MHz and 738kHz.

First, we have John O’Hara (right) on the first-ever breakfast programme broadcast on the station. It is broken into two sections, the first taken off 103.0MHz and the second off 738kHz.

6.30am

8.05am

Then from 10.20am Richard Jackson is on the air.

10.20am

Finally, from 10.20pm we join Dave Johnson’s programme

10.20pm


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Energy 103 May 6th 1986

Here's two recordings of Dublin's Energy 103 from May 6th 1986, taken off 738kHz.
First, we hear from John O'Hara on Breakfast from 7.20am.
Then, from the evening time, we hear the last twenty minutes of Tony McKenzie's programme.
Tony McKenzie

Here’s two recordings of Dublin’s Energy 103 from May 6th 1986, taken off 738kHz.
First, we hear from John O’Hara on Breakfast from 7.20am.
Then, from the evening time, we hear the last twenty minutes of Tony McKenzie’s programme.

John O’Hara

Tony McKenzie


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First recording thanks to Gary Hogg, second recording thanks to Ger Roe.
Photo credit Mike Mahon


Energy 103 May 12th 1986

Tony McKenzie on Energy 103
Tony McKenzie (Courtesy Mike Mahon)

This is a selection of recordings of the Dublin pirate station Energy 103 from across the morning and afternoon of May 12th 1986. All were recorded off 103.0MHz FM.


First, we have John O’Hara from 9.15am on the breakfast programme taken off 103.0MHz. Gary Hamill reads the News. The signal is a little hissy but shouldn’t spoil the enjoyment too much.

9.15am

From 10am Richard Jackson is on the air following the News.

10am

Then, from 3.04pm it’s Tony McKenzie

3.04pm


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Energy 103 May 22nd 1986

Gary Hamill on Energy 103
Credit Brian (McEvoy) Walsh

From the Dublin pirate radio station Energy 103 this is a recording of John O’Hara & Gary Hamill (right) on the breakfast-time show ‘Early Energy’. It dates from the morning of May 22nd 1986 and was taken off 103.0MHz.

The part-recorded show is broken up into snippets, with the start time of each indicated.

6am

6.26am

6.57am

7.27am

7.38am

7.57am


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Energy 103 June 4th 1986

This is a recording of the Dublin station Energy 103 from June 4th 1986. It starts at 7.13am and features John O’Hara and Gary Hamill on air with Early Energy.

Unfortunately, this recording has two large segments missing from the programme but that does not affect the enjoyment of a great sample from the early stage of the station.

Energy 103 Station Page

Energy 103 July 4th 1986

This is a selection of recordings of Dublin pirate station Energy 103 from July 4th 1986. All were made off 738kHz in the north west of England.

First, it’s the breakfast programme with Tony McKenzie. Dave Johnson reads the News

07:14

Next, we have the final twenty minutes of Gareth O’Callaghan’s programme, leading into the 7pm News read by George Long

18:40

Then John O’Hara in for the evening shift

19:01


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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

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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More from Energy 103; Pat Courtenay or John O’Hara


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

Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts in collaboration with Gary Hogg / DX Archive
More from Energy 103; Colm Hayes; Tony McKenzie; Pat Courtenay, John O’Hara, Sybil Fennell or George Long


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


Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts in collaboration with Gary Hogg / DX Archive

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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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.

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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

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts in collaboration with Gary Hogg / DX Archive


CAPITAL RADIO July 22nd 1989

This is a recording of John O’Hara from 6pm on day three on air for Capital Radio, the first licensed independent commercial station in Ireland.

Still on air today as FM104, the Dublin station opened on July 20th 1989.

Capital Radio station page


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Capital Radio recordings courtesy of Rodney Neill


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