Millennium Radio was a short-term service ran by RTÉ to mark Dublin city’s millennium celebrations. Its first day of broadcast was March 16th 1988 from studios located at the GPO Arcade – just a stone’s throw from where 2RN, the first Irish service launched in 1926, had been based. A glass front meant that passers-by could see into the stdios.
Due to close at the end of the year it was given a special extension to cater for a city devoid of local services because of the forced closure of pirate stations on New Year’s Eve. It eventually closed on April 30th 1989.
Millennium Radio broadcast daily from 8am-2pm and John Clarke, Maxi, Jimmy Greely and Declan Meehan were just some of the familiar names involved.
Frequencies were 88.0MHz and 1278kHz. 1278kHz was the local RTÉ Radio 2 frequency, this continued to relay RTÉ Radio 2 after Millennium closed down each day.
The station was a joint venture between RTÉ, Dublin City Council, Dublin Bus and An Post.
A selection of jingles and promos (courtesy Kieran Murray)
Left: A pre-launch press release for the station.
All of the images on this page are by very kind courtesy of Kieran Murray…who says:
I worked on Millennium 88FM as a General Assistant. I looked after Ad Traffic which used to arrive from Donnybrook by courier each evening (a bag with a bunch of carts!).
I had responsibility for making sure the commercials were transmitted and had to sign off on this, each day.
I also worked on the Public Reception area and got to drive the Millennium 88FM cars!
I read the sports news and also did vox pops and special insert reports – all about Dublin’s Millennium.
Sample schedule (Dec 31st): 8am After Eight with Scott Williams; 11am The Dublin Chart Show with Declan Meehan; 2pm Out and About with Robbie Irwin; 5.30pm City Limits – Magazine; 6pm As RTÉ Radio 2
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