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Millennium Radio

Millennium Radio

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

Appeared in Sunday World on January 1st 1989. The nation’s pirates had just closed, including Sunshine Radio – the home of the exceptionally popular Bee Bop Gold with Nails Mahoney. Nails was signed up by Millennium to continue the show.

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