Eastside Recording Ireland started as Cork Eastside Radio, which officially began broadcasting in July 1982. It was set up to broadcast to the east Cork area by 17 year old Joe O’Connor during the school holidays and it operated on FM from the family’s holiday home at Glebe House in Ballycotton.
Joe’s parents, who were already successful business people, invested in the station and called in Eric Vaughan from Boyneside Radio.
Vaughan shook up the station, introducing more professional djs and renaming to Eastside Radio. Advertising poured in and at the end of summer 1982 the station went from success to success. It was by now located in two portacabins at the O’Connor family home just outside Cork city.
The station then went through an identity crisis over the space of a few weeks. A professionally produced jingle package led to another name change to Enterprise Radio Ireland. It then changed name yet again to Eastside Recording Ireland, then Eastside Radio Ireland (abbreviated to E.R.I.) They eventually settled on ERI, with which name they closed in 1988. .
On the right: a selection of promotional cards for Eastside Recording Ireland – all courtesy of DX Archive
Above: An infosheet for ERI. As can be seen, by November the name Eastside Radio Ireland had been established but the notepaper still had the heading for Eastside Recording. Courtesy of DX Archive
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