Radio Nova: Part 1 – Chapter 08

Thanks to Chris and Nova it inspired me to get into radio when I was 16 years of age.

Michael Gerrard

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John Clarke in 19 Herbert St
John Clarke in 19 Herbert St
Mark Weller and Peter Madison
Peter Madison and Mark Weller (Thanks to Richie Wild)
 Operation Novacare '82 Photoshoot - Chris Cary, Declan Meehan, Tom Hardy, Dave Harvey, Colm Hayes, Sybil Fennell
Operation Novacare ’82 Photoshoot
Chris Cary, Declan Meehan, Tom Hardy, Dave Harvey, Colm Hayes, Sybil Fennell
(Photo courtesy of Hot Press)
Chris Barry, Sybil Fennell & Roland Burke in 19 Herbert St
Chris Barry, Sybil Fennell & Roland Burke in 19 Herbert St (Thanks to Richie Wild)
Colm Hayes
Scott Williams
Colm Hayes & Scott Williams

Radio Nova News Team 1984
The News team from 1984:
Back – Mark Weller, Dave Harvey (pic), Bernie Jameson, George Long.
Front – Andrew Hanlon, Bob Gallico
Roland Burke at Kiss FM (Nova)
Roland Burke in the Kiss FM studio (Thanks to Richie Wild)
Jason Maine
Jason Maine (Thanks to DXArchive.com)
Greg Gaughran
Greg Gaughran (Thanks to Richie Wild)
Bob Gallico, John Clarke, Greg Gaughran, Noel Clancy, Henry Owens, George Talbot, Tony McKenzie, Peter Madison, Colm Hayes
Taken outside Nova Park and courtesy of George Talbot

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March 1983

Radio Nova profits are estimated at £500,000 for 1982.

Andy Archer leaves Radio Nova to work on British radio, albeit via ERI in Cork.

Incoming is Tom Hardy (below), the former Station Manager at Sunshine Radio. Tom takes up the post of Controller of Programmes and takes over the 10am-2pm slot from Andy Archer.

Incoming is Tom Hardy (below), the former Station Manager at Sunshine Radio. Tom takes up the post of Controller of Programmes and takes over the 10am-2pm slot from Andy Archer.
Thanks to Richie Wild

At the start of the month, £15,000 is spent on 70 billboards spread across Dublin promoting Kiss FM, Radio Nova’s sister station, and in particular a competition in which the station guarantees to play three songs in a particular order and reward £5,000 to the 50th caller to the station once they’ve done it.

At the start of the month, £15,000 is spent on 70 billboards spread across Dublin promoting Kiss FM, Radio Nova's sister station, and in particular a competition in which the station guarantees to play three songs in a particular order and reward £5,000 to the 50th caller to the station once they've done it.

On March 29th, Jane Biddulph from Churchtown finds herself £5,000 better off after Kiss FM played the three songs, which were:
Lady, You Bring Me Up – The Commodores;
Longer – Dan Fogelburg;
& Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band.

Here we join the programme not long after the three songs were played…

On March 29th, Jane Biddulph from Churchtown finds herself £5,000 better off after Kiss FM played the three songs, which were: 
Lady, You Bring Me Up - The Commodores; 
Longer - Dan Fogelburg; 
& Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band.

More and more noise emanates from government quarters about introducing licensed local radio but nobody seems sure exactly how it will be executed.

Radio Nova newsreader and Classical music presenter David Harvey is elected Chairman of Ogra Fianna Fáil in Dún Laoghaire.

Chris Cary knocks RTÉ’s attitude to the Irish language, accusing them of paying ‘lip-service’ to it. To prove a point he says he has hired a DJ for an hour-long Irish language show to go out on Kiss FM once a week in which the presenter will speak in ‘hip’ Irish whilst playing the latest rock and pop music.
“RTÉ Irish is an old man’s language,” says Cary!


Radio Nova’s weekday line up now reads:
6am Dekkie Wekkie Brekkie Trekkie
10am Tom Hardy
2pm Tony Gareth
7pm Dublin Today
7.30pm Jason Maine (below)

Jason Maine
Courtesy DXArchive.com

Bob Gallico is the subject of a centre page spread in the Evening Herald (below). In it, the co-star (with Declan Meehan) of the country’s most popular radio programme modestly says: “I believe what we’re trying to do in the morning is entertain people. Keep them up to date with the news, yes, but give them a bit of a laugh. We try to start the morning off in a friendly, jovial fashion…I am looking for things that will let me exercise my wild, zany sense of humour.”
Presciently, he says that he believed the reaction from the public would be huge if the government were to suddenly take out the unlicensed stations.

Bob Gallico is the subject of a centre page spread in the Evening Herald (below). In it, the co-star (with Declan Meehan) of the country's most popular radio programme modestly says: "I believe what we're trying to do in the morning is entertain people. Keep them up to date with the news, yes, but give them a bit of a laugh. We try to start the morning off in a friendly, jovial fashion...I am looking for things that will let me exercise my wild, zany sense of humour." 
Presciently, he says that he believed the reaction from the public would be huge if the government were to suddenly take out the unlicensed stations.

Further evidence of Radio Nova’s reach across the country comes from the fact that presenters from the station are hired for the opening of a new nightclub in Claremorris, Co Mayo.

Bob Gallico and Sybil Fennell find themselves sold for £2,500. No, not a transfer to another radio station but the price bid at a charity auction in which they come second only to Sally O’Brien (who will need no introduction to any red-blooded Irishman of the 1980s).
RTÉ Radio 2’s Jimmy Greely, who is avowedly against the pirate stations, fails to turn up despite being on the card – presumably because the event had been heavily promoted on Radio Nova.

Bob Gallico and Sybil Fennell find themselves sold for £2,500. No, not a transfer to another radio station but the price bid at a charity auction in which they come second only to Sally O'Brien (who will need no introduction to any red-blooded Irishman of the 1980s). 
RTÉ Radio 2's Jimmy Greely, who is avowedly against the pirate stations, fails to turn up despite being on the card - presumably because the event had been heavily promoted on Radio Nova

Amazing stuff.. delighted to be able to catch up with this!

Declan Meehan

I remember my surprise at finding my late grandfather’s radio tuned to Nova – I asked the obvious question and got the reply “I like listening to Bob in the morning”!
I also recall a RTÉ Saturday morning childrens’ TV show where they discussed pirate radio. 3 of the 4 listened to Nova breakfast and the other, who lived in Galway or Mayo, wished he could listen to Bob and Dekkie!

Tom Colgan

Show me a person that says they never listened to Radio Nova and you’d be showing me a liar! My dad used to claim to be a Radio 1 man but he was caught a few times listening to Radio Nova. He actually liked the news service, especially the extended News at One. I think Radio 1’s main news was at half 1 in those days.

Billy Dane

Wonderful man, everyone listened to Declan and Bob and a show where you waited for the banter. I could never have thought then we’d both end up on Bonditunes. RIP and missed.

Ronan Segrave
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