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Radio Nova March 25th 1985

From the afternoon of March 25th 1985 this is a recording of Radio Nova, the Dublin station broadcasting from Rathfarnham.
First, we catch the last ten minutes or so of Greg Gaughran's show leading to the 1pm News with Bob Gallico and Mark Weller.
Next up is Tony McKenzie.
Greg Gaughran (thanks to Richie Wild)

From the afternoon of March 25th 1985 this is a recording of Radio Nova, the Dublin station broadcasting from Rathfarnham.
First, we catch the last ten minutes or so of Greg Gaughran’s show leading to the 1pm News with Bob Gallico and Mark Weller.
Next up is Tony McKenzie.

Greg Gaughran

Tony McKenzie

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Radio Nova April 1st 1985

This is Tony McKenzie introducing AM Stereo to Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate based in Nova Park, Rathfarnham.
The date is April 1st 1985 and the recording starts at 2.40pm with the changeover, a first outside the USA according to the station’s engineers, due straight after the 3pm News with Mark Weller.

Tony McKenzie

With huge thanks to Ken Baird / DX Archive
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Radio Nova July 28th 1985

This is the Euro Top 40 presented by Chris Cary (right) in Dublin on Radio Nova. It starts at midday on a Sunday afternoon, July 28th 1985.
There's a few minutes of Tony McKenzie's show straight afterwards and George Long, then Bernie Jameson read the News.

This is the Euro Top 40 presented by Chris Cary (right) in Dublin on Radio Nova. It starts at midday on a Sunday afternoon, July 28th 1985.
There’s a few minutes of Tony McKenzie’s show straight afterwards and George Long, then Bernie Jameson read the News.

Photo thanks to Richie Wild
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Radio Nova September 21st 1985

Radio Nova - On air, as we join the broadcast, is Tony McKenzie from 2pm.

This is a recording of a Radio Nova outside broadcast from September 1985. The Dublin station were set up in the Arnotts store in the city centre.

On air, as we join the broadcast, is Tony McKenzie (right) from 2pm.
George Long reads the 3pm News.

Radio Nova - Then, from 4pm Dave Harvey (left) and Bob Gallico (below) entertain the listeners at home and in Arnotts.

Then, from 4pm Dave Harvey (left) and Bob Gallico (below) entertain the listeners at home and in Arnotts.

Bernie Jameson reads the news and Barry Francis gives the latest sport updates.

Tony McKenzie from 2pm

Dave Harvey and Bob Gallico from 4pm

Listen with the music stripped out…

Radio Nova - Then, from 4pm Dave Harvey (left) and Bob Gallico (below) entertain the listeners at home and in Arnotts.

All images are from the Arnotts outside broadcast and are by very kind courtesy of Barry Flynn

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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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Zoom 103 March 20th 1986

Having arrived on the air just as Radio Nova was forced to shut down the day before, Zoom 103 went fully live on March 20th 1986 with the exact same line-up as Radio Nova, all in the exact same slots.
We have a selection of recordings from the day…

This first recording features an hour of Tony McKenzie’s show from just after the midday News, read by Bob Gallico.

12:00 Tony McKenzie

Next, we have some of Colm Hayes’s show (broken into segments) with Gary Hamill on News.

13:57 Colm Hayes and Gary Hamill

14:54 Colm Hayes and Gary Hamill

15:45 Colm Hayes and Gary Hamill

Then we have a couple of selections from George Talbot’s programme, again with Gary Hamill on News

18:18 George Talbot and Gary Hamill

19:20 George Talbot and Gary Hamill

Finally there’s an hour of Richard Jackson from 9pm

21:00 Richard Jackson

Having arrived on the air just as Radio Nova was forced to shut down the day before, Zoom 103 went fully live on March 20th 1986 with the exact same line-up as Radio Nova, all in the exact same slots.
This recording features an hour of Tony McKenzie's show from just after the midday News, read by Bob Gallico.

Recordings with thanks to Seán McCarthy and Gary Hogg

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 28th 1986

Tony McKenzie (Courtesy Mike Mahon)

This is a selection from the first day of broadcasts from Energy 103.

On Sunday April 27th 1986, 103.1MHz and 738kHz in Dublin had lit up with continuous music tests, presumed to be the return of Zoom 103 – the station owned by former Nova employees – which had broadcast for just a few days following the closure of Radio Nova on March 19th.

The unidentified tests returned on Monday, April 28th, this time on 103.0MHz and 738kHz. Following a couple of hours of continuous music, the station went live at around 2pm and identified as Energy 103.

Richard Jackson was the first jock on the air and this recording has the very first presenter ID and then has Richard’s show in full.

At 4pm Tony McKenzie takes over the reins.

Later, from 10.40pm, Gary Hamill is on the air to finish the first day’s programmes.


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Energy 103 May 5th 1986

This is a recording of Dublin’s Energy 103 from May 5th 1986. Starting at 1.30pm we hear first from Richard Jackson.
He’s followed at 3pm by Tony McKenzie (show is part-airchecked).

Richard Jackson

Tony McKenzie


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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 June 9th 1986

Here’s a couple of Energy 103 recordings from June 9th 1986.
First, we hear from John O’Hara and Gary Hamill on ‘Early Energy’ from 7am.
Then it’s Tony McKenzie (pictured) on the mid-morning shift from 12.40pm.

Early Energy

Tony McKenzie

Photo with huge thanks to Mike Mahon
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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 September 18th 1986

This is Tony McKenzie (right) on breakfast time for Dublin station Energy 103. The recording starts at 7.25am and was taken from 738kHz on September 18th 1986.
George Long reads the News.

This is Tony McKenzie (right) on breakfast time for Dublin station Energy 103. The recording starts at 7.25am and was taken from 738kHz on September 18th 1986.
George Long reads the News.


Photo by kind courtesy of Mike Mahon
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Energy 103 station page

Energy 103 February 13th 1987

This is a recording of Gareth O’Callaghan on Energy 103 from the morning of February 13th 1987. We join the show at 9.40am as he plays the hits and gives the headlines from a certain year.
George Long reads the News at 10am and then there’s a few minutes of Tony McKenzie’s mid-morning show following that.

Gareth O’Callaghan


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More from Energy 103


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
Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002
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 103 May 1st 1987

From Friday, May 1st 1987 this is a recording of Colm Hayes on Energy 103’s breakfast show, recorded off 738kHz. We join the programme at 8.20am. Fionnuala Sweeney reads the News.
Following Colm at 10am it’s Tony McKenzie.

Colm Hayes from 8.20am

Tony McKenzie from 10am


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Energy 103 May 13th 1987

Morning programmes from Dublin superpirate Energy 103 on May 13th 1987, starting at 6.50am.

First on air is Pat Courtenay, with Lisa Moore on news. At 9.30am Alan Burns takes over and at midday Tony McKenzie kicks off the afternoon.

Energy 103 May 14th 1987

Morning programmes on Energy 103, who broadcast to Dublin from 1986-1988. 
From May 14th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay (right, in the Energy production studio) on Breakfast, ably assisted by Lisa Moore.
Alan Burns follows from 9.35am.

A recording of some programmes from Energy 103, who broadcast to Dublin from 1986-1988.
From May 14th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay (right, in the Energy production studio) on Breakfast, ably assisted by Lisa Moore.
Alan Burns follows from 9.35am, and then from 2pm there’s a short sample of Tony McKenzie’s programme.

Pat Courtenay

Alan Burns

Tony McKenzie


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg and the photo is thanks to Mike Mahon

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

Energy 103 October 8th 1987

From October 8th 1987 this is a recording of Dublin pirate station Energy 103. First we hear the end of Tony McKenzie's show from 1.40pm. Then we join Cassidy Jones for his show from 2pm. Lisa Moore reads the News.

From October 8th 1987 this is a recording of Dublin pirate station Energy 103. First we hear the end of Tony McKenzie’s show from 1.40pm. Then we join Cassidy Jones (right) for his show from 2pm. Lisa Moore reads the News.

There is an off channel hum on the signal especially towards the end. This could have possibly been caused by Independent Radio Mayo on the same channel whilst Energy were on low power.

Tony McKenzie

Cassidy Jones


Photograph by very kind courtesy of Mike Mahon

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Energy 103 October 23rd 1987

From October 23rd 1987 this is a recording of Dublin pirate station Energy 103. First we hear the end of The Breakfast Club with Pat Courtenay and the team.
This is followed by Tony McKenzie from 10am.
Then from later in the day we join Cassidy Jones at 4.30pm.

Breakfast Club

Tony McKenzie

Cassidy Jones


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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

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Energy 103 March 10th 1988

This is Energy 103's Breakfast programme from March 10th 1988. Tony McKenzie hosts with Bob Gallico reading News and doing his usual inserts. This FM recording starts at 8am.
Energy 103 ceased broadcasting the next day, March 11th.
Bob Gallico in the Newsroom (with Ann on work experience). Thanks to Mike Mahon

This is Energy 103’s Breakfast programme from March 10th 1988. Tony McKenzie hosts with Bob Gallico reading News and doing his usual inserts. This FM recording starts at 8am.
Energy 103 ceased broadcasting the next day, March 11th.


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