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Radio Nova October 19th 1981

This is a recording of Colm Hayes on Radio Nova, recorded off 846kHz, on October 19th 1981. Starting at 4pm, Sybil Fennell is also featured for the Dublin station.

This is a recording of Colm Hayes on Radio Nova, recorded off 846kHz, on October 19th 1981. Starting at 4pm, Sybil Fennell is also featured for the Dublin station.

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Radio Nova May 14th 1983

May 14th 1983 was the date set for Operation Novacare 1983, an annual charity fundraiser ran by Radio Nova.

Sybil Fennell for Operation Novacare

In the first recording Declan Meehan is on air from the studios from 9.56am, whilst Nova personalities are on location in Dún Laoghaire Shopping Centre.

Tony Gareth takes over from Declan at 2pm

We rejoin the proceedings at just after 4pm with many of the Nova staff involved.

All for charity – Sybil Fennell and Declan Mehan – Operation Novacare 1983
(Thanks to Joseph King)

This recording can now be downloaded direct from DX Archive.
We host it with thanks to Gary Hogg.

Radio Nova August 12th 1983

This is a recording of Radio Nova from August 12th 1983. Starting with the 3pm News read by Sybil Fennell (pictured in the Newsroom).
We then have the final hour of John Clarke's programme which is followed by Greg Gaughren.
Although recorded from 819kHz the station were still announcing 828kHz.
Photo with huge thanks to Richie Wild

This is a recording of Radio Nova from August 12th 1983. Starting with the 3pm News read by Sybil Fennell (pictured in the Newsroom).
We then have the final hour of John Clarke’s programme which is followed by Greg Gaughren.
Although recorded from 819kHz the station were still announcing 828kHz.

John Clarke

Greg Gaughren


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Radio Nova November 1st 1983

This is a recording of Tom Hardy on Radio Nova, the Dublin pirate station, for the last hour of his show from 1pm on November 1st 1983.
Bob Gallico and Sybil Fennell are on News.

This is a recording of Tom Hardy on Radio Nova, the Dublin pirate station, for the last hour of his show from 1pm on November 1st 1983.
Bob Gallico and Sybil Fennell are on News.

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Listen airchecked


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Magic 103 July 31st 1985

From July 31st 1985 this is a recording of Sybil Fennell on the Dublin station Magic 103, from the Chris Cary stable.

Magic 103, easy listening for Dublin

The recording off 103.5MHz starts from the end of the 6pm News. Then, following an hour of easy listening music, the main News with Dave Johnson and Mark Weller is at 7pm before Sybil launches ‘The Classical Hour’.

Magic 103 station page


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Radio Nova March 11th 1986

This is a recording of Radio Nova from the afternoon of March 11th 1986. Colm Hayes is on the air and Sybil Fennell reads the News. We join the show at 3.35pm.


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Radio Nova March 13th 1986

This is Tony McKenzie on the mid-morning shift for Radio Nova. The recording starts at 9.45am. Bob Gallico reads the News.
Then from later in the day, there’s some explosive evening News bulletins with Sybil Fennell and Gary Hamill.


Tony McKenzie

News at 7pm

News at 8pm

News at 9pm

News at 10pm

News at 11pm

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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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Energy 103 February 25th 1987

Tony McKenzie on Energy 103

This is a recording of the Dublin pirate radio station Energy 103 from February 25th 1987, taken from 103.0MHz FM.

First, we hear from Colm Hayes, who was sitting in on the Breakfast Show. There’s News headlines on the half-hour and full news on the hour read by George Long.

6.57am Colm Hayes

Colm is followed by Tony McKenzie (pictured) from 10am through to the afternoon.

10am Tony McKenzie


This recording is with thanks to Gary Hogg, photo thanks to Mike Mahon
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More from Energy 103; Colm Hayes; Tony McKenzie or George Long


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

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More from Energy 103; Colm Hayes; Tony McKenzie; Pat Courtenay, John O’Hara, Sybil Fennell or George Long


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

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