Treble TR was founded in 1981 by Jim Smith, an ex-Showband player, and broadcast to Dublin on both FM and medium wave. The strange name came from its main transmission area of Tallaght, Terenure & Templeogue – three Dublin suburbs.
At launch the station was based in the Greenacres Country Club in Rathfarnham, which was bought by Chris Cary and later became Nova Park, hosting Radio Nova – ‘The Big Station’. Treble TR relocated to The Apollo Cinema in Walkinstown.
In January 1983 they also started broadcasting in stereo on 96MHz FM.
It played mainly country & western music, with some Jazz & Classical, around the clock and ceased broadcasting – along with all other pirates – at the time of government legislation outlawing unlicensed broadcasts in December 1988.
There was an attempt by Jim to relaunch in 1996, but this was short-lived as a result of the transmitter being stolen.
Below – an article which appeared in ‘Irish Radio News’ of March 1983