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Sunshine Radio September 28th 1980

Sunshine Radio on test two weeks after an act of sabotage brought their mast crashing to the ground before the station could get off the ground.

In the first clip, Tony Allan is on air for a test broadcast on September 28th…

Tony Allan testing for Sunshine Radio – September 28th 1980

…and in the second clip, Robbie Dale is first on air from 4.55pm and he’s followed by Chris Cary.

Radio Nova April 24th 1982

An (airchecked) recording of Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from April 24th 1982. Taken from 88.2MHz it features the voices of Tony Allan, Siobhán Purcell on news and Don Allen.


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Radio Nova May 16th 1982

Courtesy Miles J

From late night on May 16th 1982 this is Tony Allan on Radio Nova with ‘Stick it in yer Ear’, the specialist programme showcasing new music. It was recorded off 846kHz from 10.50pm. Siobhán Purcell (right) reads the News.

This valuable recording was made in Scotland so suffers from signal distortion at stages.

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Radio Nova May 27th 1982

This is Andy Archer on Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate. The recording starts at 11.30am and runs through lunchtime.
Tony Allan is the Newsreader.
Pictured is the station's main studio in Herbert St, taken during a visit by the Anoraks UK team.

This is Andy Archer on Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate. The recording starts at 11.30am and runs through lunchtime.
Tony Allan is the Newsreader.
Pictured is the station’s main studio in Herbert St, taken during a visit by the Anoraks UK team.

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Kiss FM October 27th 1982

This is a morning’s worth of programming from Kiss FM, the Radio Nova sister station.
Recorded in Dublin off 102.7MHz we first hear from John Clarke from 7.50am and he’s followed by Tony Allan from 11am.


John Clarke as broadcast from 7.50am


Tony Allan as broadcast from 11am-11.25am

Tony Allan as broadcast from 12.01pm-12.15pm

Tony Allan as broadcast from 12.35pm-1pm


With the music stripped out


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Kiss FM March 29th 1983

This recording dates from March 29th 1983, an historic day in Irish radio history when the biggest ever cash giveaway took place on the Dublin station Kiss FM.

Kiss FM, Radio Nova’s sister station, promised to play three songs in a particular order at some point and when they did the 50th caller would pocket £5,000.
We join the programme not long after the three songs were played.

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Recording is by very kind courtesy of Paul Buckle
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Radio Caroline April 1st 1983

On the morning of April 1st 1983, with South Coast Radio in Cork broadcasting as normal using their 10kw transmitter on 1566kHz and on FM, local listeners chancing upon the station's 'spare' frequency using a standby 200watt transmitter on 1557kHz would have been amazed to hear the return of the ship-bound offshore pirate Radio Caroline, which had been promising to make a comeback for a while at that stage, and had now anchored off the coast at Cork.

On the morning of April 1st 1983, with South Coast Radio in Cork broadcasting as normal using their 10kw transmitter on 1566kHz and on FM, local listeners chancing upon the station’s ‘spare’ frequency using a standby 200watt transmitter on 1557kHz would have been amazed to hear the return of the ship-bound offshore pirate Radio Caroline, which had been promising to make a comeback for a while at that stage, and had now anchored off the coast at Cork.

This recording starts at 11.20am with Hertz van Rental.

The reasons why Radio Caroline were on the frequency was eventually revealed.

The transmitter returned to South Coast Radio programming, with Tony Allan, following the midday news.

South Coast Radio station page


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Exidy 738 May 23rd 1984

This is a one-off experimental broadcast from the Radio Nova stable under the name Exidy 738. Tony Allan is the presenter from 10.28am.

On May 23rd 1984 Radio Nova split their medium wave frequencies, keeping Radio Nova on 819kHz. The 738kHz transmitter had been introduced a few weeks earlier because of an RTÉ jamming campaign against the station and on this particular morning, different music could be heard on the frequency. It eventually went live with Tony from just after 10am.

10.28am

12.17pm



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Radio Nova September 28th 1984

Friday September 28th 1984. The question posed to listeners of Radio Nova was: “What would you do with £5,000?”
To win, you had to be the 50th caller once the station had played three particular songs in a row. The promos had been running for weeks but this day was the last day it could possibly happen, and it had to happen before 7pm.

Friday September 28th 1984. The question posed to listeners of Radio Nova was: "What would you do with £5,000?"
To win, you had to be the 50th caller once the station had played three particular songs in a row. The promos had been running for weeks but this day was the last day it could possibly happen, and it had to happen before 7pm.

First in these recordings, from 11.30am, John Clarke gives some clues to when it would happen. There are large gaps in the recordings so his show is split into three parts.
Following John, there’s Greg Gaughran’s show from 2pm – split into two parts due to a large gap in the recording.
There’s a choice of listening with the music stripped out or to hear the output exactly as broadcast (it becomes very important to realise it is presented here exactly as it was broadcast).

First from 11.25am…this is John Clarke either as broadcast or airchecked

Staying with John Clarke from 12.45pm, again either as broadcast or airchecked

Finally John Clarke with the last 15 minutes of his show – as broadcast or airchecked

From 2pm this is Greg Gaughran as broadcast or airchecked

We rejoin Greg Gaughran from 4pm, again as broadcast or airchecked


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Radio Nova December 25th 1984

Christmas Day 1984  on Radio Nova. First, we have Denis Murray from 10.45am and he's followed by Tony Allan (right), along with an assortment of guests, from 2pm.

Christmas Day 1984 on Radio Nova. First, we have Denis Murray from 10.45am and he’s followed by Tony Allan (right), along with an assortment of guests, from 2pm.

10:45 Denis Murray

14:00 Tony Allan


Photograph of Tony Allan is by very kind courtesy of Joseph King
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Radio Nova December 31st 1984

Radio Nova says goodbye to their annus horribilis. Tony Allan (right) sees in 1985 with the help of plenty of studio invasions. This recording has large segments missing and is mostly airchecked.

Radio Nova says goodbye to their annus horribilis. Tony Allan (right) sees in 1985 with the help of plenty of studio invasions. This recording has large segments missing and is mostly airchecked.

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This recording is courtesy of Chris Ridley; photo is thanks to Joseph King
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Radio Nova January 21st 1985

This is Tony Allan on the afternoon shift for Dublin’s Radio Nova. The recording is from January 21st 1985 and starts at 2.30pm.

This recording is with thanks to Chris Ridley
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Radio Nova June 6th 1985

This is a recording of Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate, which starts at just before midnight on June 6th 1985.

It features the final of the Funny Bubble Competition (an entry form is seen here in the Sunday World) live from Nova Park.

A whole host of Nova personalities – Tony Allan, John Clarke, Bob Gallico, Chris Cary & Colm Hayes – are involved as the winner is chosen from 12 finalists.

Henry Owens plays the tunes back in the studio and Bernie Jameson reads the news.

The first recording was made in the NW of England and conditions are variable for the duration.

The second recording was made on FM from just after midnight and is airchecked.


The first recording (and image) is with kind courtesy of Gary Hogg / DX Archive
The second recording is with thanks to Paul Buckle

Radio Nova October 20th 1985

This is an evening's worth of programming from Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate, from October 20th 1985.
First, we hear the last half hour of George Talbot's programme leading up to the 7pm top of the hour.
Then, from 7pm, it's Tony Allan in for the evening.

This is an evening’s worth of programming from Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate, from October 20th 1985.
First, we hear the last half hour of George Talbot’s programme leading up to the 7pm top of the hour.
Then, from 7pm, it’s Tony Allan in for the evening.

George Talbot

Tony Allan from 7pm

Tony Allan from 11pm

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Energy 103 October 22nd 1986

Tony Allan
Courtesy: Mike Mahon

From October 1986, this is ‘The Voice’, the one and only Tony Allan on Dublin’s Energy 103.
We join him halfway through the Park Leisure Complex Hour from 7.30pm on 103.0MHz.

You can listen to the recording as it was broadcast here

Or if you’d prefer an airchecked version, choose below


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LLCR February 23rd 1987

 From February 23rd 1987 this is LLCR, the Dublin pirate based in the heart of the Liberties area of the city centre. The recording runs from 4.30pm through to 11pm and features 'Tony' at 4.30pm; Eddie O'Neill from 5pm; Tony Allan from 7pm and Derek Evans from 9pm.

From February 23rd 1987 this is LLCR, the Dublin pirate based in the heart of the Liberties area of the city centre. The recording runs from 4.30pm through to 11pm and features ‘Tony’ at 4.30pm; Eddie O’Neill from 5pm; Tony Allan from 7pm and Derek Evans from 9pm.

Listen to ‘Tony’ from 4.30pm

Listen to Eddie O’Neill from 5pm

Listen to Tony Allan from 7pm

Listen to Derek Evans from 9pm

Listen to the whole evening with the music stripped out


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Energy 103 May 5th 1987

This is programming from Dublin’s Energy 103 from May 5th 1987. The station found itself affected by power cuts thanks to the start of an ESB strike that morning.

First, from 7am, we hear from the Breakfast Show with Pat Courtenay and Lisa Moore.

From 9.30am we join Alan Burns until 10am and then from midday to 1pm…

From 3.20pm this is Tony Allan. Teena Gates reads the News.

Darad commented on the above Tony Allan recording:
Check out that audio. I am pretty sure that was me that put in that request for us down at Fast Food Ranelagh as that’s where I worked at the time and we always phoned in requests to Energy. Sometimes I’d cycle down there and get goodies thrown down to me from the third floor whilst Rick Dees was on!

Tony Allan in the Energy newsroom.
Photo Mike Mahon

Energy 103 May 6th 1987

From May 4th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay's debut on Energy 103's breakfast show. We join just as the 7am news, read by Lisa Moore, comes to an end.

This is a recording of Pat Courtenay (photo) on Dublin station Energy 103. Dated May 6th 1987 we join him on the breakfast show during the 7am news, which is read by Lisa Moore.
Then from later in the day we join Tony Allan from 4.30pm – his show was affected by the ESB strike. George Long reads the News.

Pat Courtenay

Tony Allan


The morning recording is courtesy of Ian Biggar and the afternoon one is with thanks to Gary Hogg. The photo is thanks to Mike Mahon

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Click on the name to hear lots more from Energy 103 or Pat Courtenay

Energy 103 May 7th 1987

This is Alan Burns on air for Dublin pirate Energy 103 from May 8th 1987. This recording starts at 9.35am.

This is a selection of programming from the Dublin pirate Energy 103 on May 7th 1987.

We start with a short clip from the breakfast programme with Pat Courtenay. The show was obliterated by an ESB strike, which meant a late start for the 7am News, read by Lisa Moore. It wasn’t long before they were knocked off again…

7.06am

Power was eventually restored to ‘the power station’ and this segment is from Alan Burns.

10.20am

We catch the end of Alan Burns as he makes way for Tony Allan at 3pm.

2.54pm

During Tony’s show, we switch from medium wave to 103FM, in stereo…

3.15pm

Again, during Tony’s show, we switch back to medium wave…

4.46pm


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg, with extra thanks to Dave Small for the FM broadcast

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Click on the name to hear lots more from Energy 103, Pat Courtenay, Alan Burns or Tony Allan.

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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Click on the name to hear lots more from Energy 103

Coast Hot Hits November 6th 1988

This is a recording of Tony Allan doing a shift on the Galway station Coast Hot Hits on the afternoon of November 6th 1988.

This is a recording of Tony Allan doing a shift on the Galway station Coast Hot Hits on the afternoon of November 6th 1988.

Listen as broadcast

Listen with the music stripped out

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