Based in Longford, Breffni Central Radio was a short-lived sister station of Cavan’s Breffni Radio, on air from June 1985 until early 1986.
Breffni Central Radio took to the air on Monday 10th June 1985 from 27 Ballymahon Street in Longford on 1035kHz. This new service, a sister station to Cavan’s Breffni Radio, was intended for reception in counties Longford, Roscommon, Galway and Mayo.
The 1035kHz signal was, in fact, heard over a very wide area, extending from Galway to Cavan. Breffni Central Radio, like its sister station in Kilnaleck, broadcast a mix of Irish and American country music from 7am to 1am.
Breffni Central Radio on 1035kHz was off the air for several days in early September due to a burned out transformer. When repairs were carried out, the station returned to the air on Wednesday 18th September.
In March 1986, work was progressing on adding a further thirty feet to the Breffni Central Radio transmitting mast in order to get the station back on the air on 1035kHz.
On Saturday 12th April, the Breffni Central Radio transmitter was noted on the air on 1035kHz. Breffni Central wasn’t on the air itself; the 1035 kHz frequency was heard relaying either Breffni Radio or Channel 2, the pop service from Breffni Radio. Breffni Central Radio would return to the air as soon as another twenty-foot section was added to their transmitting mast.
The pop music service of Channel 2 on 95.6 MHz closed on Friday 18th April due to a lack of response from listeners. The Channel 2 studio was then used to feed the Breffni Central Radio transmitter in Longford on 1035kHz.
Breffni Radio was now effectively broadcasting on 1170kHz, 95.6MHz and 1035 kHz in Longford.
Station history and images are by very kind courtesy of Seán Brady.