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Big D Radio

Big D Radio
Big D Radio Dublin
Courtesy of DX Archive
Big D Radio
The Rock Programme on Big D with Denis Murray
The Big D

Big D was a ’70s Dublin pirate station which was the result of a rather infamous split from Radio Dublin – 34 people moved over to the new station, virtually the entire staff!

The Big D was principally run by James Dillon with business investors Noel Kirwan and Frank Murray.

They launched on April 10th 1978 and were one of the few 24 hour stations at the time, broadcasting on 1116kHz, or 267metres (although they used 273m promotionally).

The station was located in Dublin’s city centre on Chapel Lane. A raid on June 15th 1978 relieved them of thousands of pounds worth of equipment, including their transmitter, but a financial backer helped them to return to air after almost a week of silence. Dillon was fined £50.

Disaster was to strike on January 2nd 1979 when the Chapel Lane studios were burnt to the ground. They were back on air within days, however, when they moved to a location on St Stephen’s Green, and then onto Camden Street.

At one point Big D was one of the better-listened to stations in the city. However, by 1982 they had switched to a fully automated service playing non-stop music with the odd voiced insert – and on-air identification was Big D Automated.

The full story behind the split from Radio Dublin which led to the formation of Big D Radio can be read by tapping here.

Newspaper Archives for Big D

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Frequency Logs

  • 1116kHz – June 1981

Jingles

By kind courtesy of Ger Roe

In 1978, John Paul – one of the presenters – recorded this song.

Get turned on to Big D
For the greatest sound in history
Night and day, we’ll chase your blues away

Get turned on to Big D
For the sound of two seven three
We’ve got style, we’ll make it worth your while

Come the mornin’ hard to rise
Got that disco scene still before your eyes
Turn the tranny on, the music’s swingin’

Gerry Campbell it must be, singin’
“Hiya folks, this is the Big D”
We’ll be here all day, to keep you swingin’

Get turned on to Big D
For the greatest sound in history
Night and day, we’ll chase your blues away

Get turned on to Big D
For the sound of two seven three
We’ve got style, we’ll make it worth your while

Twelve o’clock and all is well
John Paul here and who can tell
Maybe I can bring, my blue skies your way

Get turned on and you will know
What it’s like to hear, the James Dillon Show
Give us half a chance, we’ll make your day

Get turned on to Big D
For the greatest sound in history
Night and day, we’ll chase your blues away

Get turned on to Big D
For the sound of two seven three
We’ve got style, we’ll make it worth your while

(Spoken)
This is Big D Radio, broadcasting on 273 metres
on your medium wave dial.
Big D Radio, broadcasting 24 hours a day
7 days a week, throughout the City Of Dublin

Get turned on to Big D
For the sound of two seven three
We’ve got style…

Lyrics provided by Kieran Murray

A gathering in 2018 for the 40th Anniversary
Thanks to John Lee
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