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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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…
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.
With thanks to Gary Hogg and Ken Baird – DX Archive
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.
Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002 First recording thanks to Gary Hogg, second recording thanks to Ger Roe. Photo credit Mike Mahon
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.
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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.
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.
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
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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.
Then, on the mid-morning show, Niall McGowan is sitting in for Tony McKenzie.
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.
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